Now the three words on the CSS file are: Tundra, Cavern, Icy. Frozen Tundra, Drifter Cavern and Icy Cellar? All names could still be referring to Act5 areas. Icy cellar is the second area that you can access from the Ancients' Way (the first being the Summit) -- according to forsinain and DeepFreez.
The new hidden image shown in the CSS file is now looking like a penguin. I merged the three images.
The mystery image today was titled 23.jpg -- in the alphabet that corresponds to the letter "W". Now we were trailed off completely. The previous sequences were interpreted as a D, an I and an O from Diablo. A letter W wouldn't make sense with only three days left. Unless it meant World of Diablo Online, but two letters or three remain to be released probably. Could the numbers instead refer to Diablo runes? There is a mysterious rune combination in Diablo II patch 1.11 that has not been discovered.
Zogar suggests the letters revealed so far (W, O and D) could be from WORLD. That theory could be proven or dismissed if tomorrow's image file name's number corresponds to the R or L letters.
The new splash teaser shows clearly now that the ice is melting. At the center you can see chunks of ice falling off and a lot of vapor -- typical of ice being melted down from intense heat. On the lower left of the center you can now see a new rune inside a circle. This is the Akilae Tribe symbol in Starcraft 2. Each of the runes represent one of Blizzard games: The first rune was indeed from Frostmourne representing World of Warcraft. The second rune was the Hel Rune from Diablo II. Now the third rune represents the Protoss Tribe from Starcraft II. (Thanks, Lavarinth)
At this rate, two more runes corresponding for Thursday (12am) and Friday (12am) remain. The positioning of these runes seem to be forming a pentagram. Unless Saturday 12am is still going to show a six rune. But that most likely would be a central rune.
The question is ... what are the next two runes going to represent? Which games?
A little birdie from inside -- and I know the source somewhat -- told me today something about Blackthorne. Remember a few months ago when I reported Blackthorne trademark had been updated? Seems there might be two game announcements after all -- simple speculation.
A GAME ANNOUNCEMENT has been confirmed! Rob Pardo told GameIndustry.biz at the GDC the following:
"So you want me to announce the game before our announcement?" he said. "No offense, but I think there's like 300 people here, and I'll be ripped apart by 8000 people there [at the Invitational] if I pre-announce it - but it's going to be really exciting. I think everybody here will be really excited about the announcement."
5pm EST: A fan submited his view on the letters/numbers of each hidden image of the CSS file. This is what he says:
"The Creature currently being revealed in the hidden pictures could actually be a hommage to:
Michael Dashow, Designer on Diablo 2.
1. : If you check his page, on the frontpage you clearly see a pink walrus, being his signature creature. In his art-forums, he is also known as "walrus".
2. : The only Letters we currently get from the picture-names are D, O and W. While they may not resemble "DIABLO", with an additional 3 letters they may clearly resemble "DASHOW"
That sounds logical. As a tribute to the Diablo II artist -- Thanks, Kashydan (Germany).
"When men are most sure and arrogant, they are commonly the most mistaken, and have then given views to passion, without that proper deliberation and suspense which can alone secure them from the grossest absurdities"
Of course we're confused...Blizzard would have it no other way...god damn them..
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Well, I could even talk seriously and personally about sex without saying something akin to, "My girlfriend and I have had sexual intercourse not once, not twice, but thrice. During these times I had inserted my penis in and out of her vagina and ejaculated accordingly. I gently sobbed afterwards while she held me in her arms. This has all brought us closer together."
kinda looks like the lich kings skull but also see the diablo looking figure at the top and an eagle or something under the new rune. maybe they are just adding all three games to this teaser to f with us
okay i think this establishes that the first rune was in fact from frostmourne, because the second rune is a hel rune from d2 lod, and because the 3rd rune is from sc and is the protess symbol. what does this all mean? i'll be god damned if I know, but im still 100% sure diablo 3 will be announced at WWI this weekend.