There was rumours for years that a secret cow level, a homage to Diablo, was hiding in World of Warcraft somewhere. There wasn't. But as part of the 20th anniversary celebrations for Diablo, there now is.
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Diablo 3's 2.3.4 update hit the public test realm today, giving PC players a chance to play through a 16-level retro dungeon packed with bosses from the 1996 original. It's not quite a remake, but it hits all the right notes.
Well, that's one way to give your action-RPG a shot in the arm! Not that Path of Exile from Kiwi studio Grinding Gear Games needs help — it's managed pretty darn well so far — but to get one of the fathers of the modern hack'n'slash David Brevik on board is quite the coup no matter how you cut it.
They were originally conceived as a way for developers to get credit for the games they worked on. But Easter Eggs are now a way for developers to tip their hat to their fans, a way to joke about the past, surprise alternate endings or a way to interact with their audience in diabolical ways that go beyond the game.
Easter Eggs are now a staple of video game design, so to help celebrate the long weekend let's look back on some of the best Easter Eggs ever made.
We take visual effects in games for granted, though that's kind of the point. It's like magic tricks — they lose their lustre once you know how they're done. That doesn't mean we don't want to know. So how about the angel wings in Diablo III? Those beautiful, wavy, incorporeal tendrils that look exactly how you'd expect?