Even though Diablo, Mephisto and Baal were slain in Diablo II, Tristam
is again under siege by evil creatures that players will have to eliminate.
The game is being designed to focus more on cooperative play instead of soloing
through the world.
As expected, cooperative and P2P gameplay will be available online using
Battle.net, Blizzard's free online service that launched with the original Diablo
in 1997. The only game that hasn't used Battle.net has been World of
Warcraft, so unconfirmed rumors reporting Diablo III would be
subscription-based have been debunked.
DIII gamers will play in a new 3D graphics environment based on Havok
physics, where they will be able to interact and even destroy the
environment. Diablo III will
also have a random-level generator to make each new level unique.
Similar to Dungeon Siege and other newer role-playing games, the latest Diablo
will offer full zoom capability and a customizable hotbar to help access
inventory and skills. There are no more health or mana potions, as
players will now have to walk across floating orbs to get their health
benefit. Armor will also be class specific unlike in Diablo or Diablo
There will be five different classes in Diablo III, with the barbarian
class making a comeback, using Cleave, Ground Stomp, Seismic Slam and
Whirlwind. A new class will be made, Witch Doctor, who will be able to
use ancient tribal magic to help slay enemies. He'll be able to use Mass
Confusion, Soul Harvest, Firebomb, LocustSwarm and Horrify while also having
abilities similar to the Necromancer from Diablo II, such as summoning
Deckard Cain, a central figure in the first two games, will make a triumphant
comeback into Diablo III, though his specific role is unknown.
Gamers became excited about a possible third Diablo video game after
Blizzard acquired the Diablo3.com domain name in May. The team responsible
for creating the previous Diablo video games, programmers from Blizzard
North, has seen a mass exodus to a company they created in 2003, so it will be
a new team creating Diablo III.
Diablo II and Diablo II: Lord of Destruction have both sold
more than 20 million copies since their release in 2000 and 2001.
Blizzard has launched the Diablo III web site and
an official new trailer for the video game can be found by
The game will be released for both the PC and Mac, but a potential release date
for Diablo III has not been announced. It is likely Diablo III will
release after Starcraft II, which also has not been given a solid
quote: they certainly look awesome thanks to the artists and smart coders.
quote: Blizzard usually make there games run on the lowest common denominator. (Thus Intel Integrated stuff).
quote: Sure couldn't get WarCraft 3 to run on my Pentium 3 600mhz, 512 megs PC100, 5400 rpm hdd, and Rage Mobility 8 meg. That was a 1 year old laptop at the time.
quote: July 13, 2007 Frank Pearce, senior vice president of product development at Blizzard, comments on the unannounced project. "Team 3 is working on something really awesome. I can’t give you any hints, but it’s totally awesome." His full comment makes clear that there are just 3 games well into their development processes at Blizzard: World of Warcraft, Starcraft II, and something unannounced. If Diablo III isn't what Team 3 is working on, it's going to be a long, long wait.
quote: The "news" here is that it's now official, not a rumor. Ease up.
quote: One good thing is that we know the game will not be rushed at all, and giving Blizzards track record the game will be a solid one hopefully!
quote: There are no more health or mana potions, as players will now have to walk across floating orbs to get their health benefit.
quote: As expected, cooperative and P2P gameplay..
quote: I think you mean PVP, unless there is a new form of gameplay I've never heard of.
quote: Unlike previous Diablo games, Diablo III will also have a random-level generator to make each new level unique.
quote: The game is being designed to focus more on cooperative play instead of soloing through the world.