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Diablo III Announced

Blizzard officially announces Diablo III is in the works for Windows and Macintosh, confirming rampant speculation that a new installment in the popular action/RPG series is the WWI game announcement they've been hinting at all week. A release date is not being specified at this point, but there are details on what to expect from the game, including 3D graphics, destructible environments, a new quest system, a random level generator, and more. The Diablo III Website is live, offering screenshots, artwork, a cinematic teaser and a gameplay video, and here's the press release:

PARIS - (Business Wire) Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today revealed Diablo® III, the newest entry in its critically acclaimed action role-playing-game franchise. The announcement was made during the 2008 Blizzard Entertainment® Worldwide Invitational at the Porte de Versailles Convention Centre in Paris, France. A cinematic trailer and an extended gameplay demonstration with commentary from the development team introduced the game to the thousands of players in attendance.

“We’ve wanted to expand on the epic story and gameplay elements of the Diablo universe for some time now,” stated Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We know that players have also been long awaiting a return to the series, so we’re very excited to be sharing this announcement with Blizzard gamers here in Paris and around the world today.”

Diablo III will pick up the story twenty years after the events of Diablo II. Mephisto, Diablo, and Baal have been defeated, but the Worldstone, which once shielded the inhabitants of the world of Sanctuary from the forces of both the High Heavens and the Burning Hells, has been destroyed, and evil once again stirs in Tristram. Playing as a hero from one of five distinct character classes, players will acquire powerful items, spells, and abilities as they explore new and familiar areas of Sanctuary and battle hordes of demons to safeguard the world from the horrors that have arisen. The first two characters classes -- the barbarian and the witch doctor -- were shown as part of the announcement at the event today in Paris.

Diablo III will feature a custom 3D-graphics engine to render lush indoor and outdoor areas of Sanctuary with a high level of detail and vivid special effects. The game’s physics-enhanced environments will be interactive and destructible, offering traps and obstacles that create added danger for players and monsters alike. These elements, along with a new quest system and random scripted events, will be integrated into the game’s random-level generator, giving Diablo III the ultimate combination of dynamic gameplay and replayability. Cooperative and competitive play will be available online through an upgraded version of Blizzard Entertainment’s renowned online gaming service, Battle.net®.

Blizzard Entertainment is developing Diablo III for simultaneous release on the Windows® and Macintosh® PC platforms. Further information about the game, including details on the other character classes, major new features for the single-player and multiplayer components, system requirements, pricing, and availability, will be announced as development progresses. To learn more about Diablo III, please visit the official website at www.diablo3.com. With multiple games in development, Blizzard Entertainment has numerous positions currently available. Visit http://www.blizzard.com/jobs for more information and to learn how to apply.

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202. Re: No subject Jul 28, 2008, 18:31 Randomuser83
 


 
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201. Re: No subject Jul 28, 2008, 18:29 Randomuser83
 
Hopefully it will come out within the year.

 
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200. Re: No subject Jul 26, 2008, 03:47 Lit_Reflex001
 
"gotta love how certain retards in this topic have condemed the game before its even released, or reviewed. "

"Why cant they wait to give there opinion once they've played it instead of bashing it just because they hate the big bad Blizzard. "


I don't need to play it to know there is a serious problem when it comes to my complaint.


I'm not saying it's going to be a shitty game, I'm just saying that in the areas I am concerned, the problem is there and apparent. They've probably already completed all of the artwork, and it looks cartoony.


And as for the violence, I doubt much will change. These days games simply aren't doing the things that people were working on back in the day. These days, violent video games tend to suck compared to previous games of high violence.


When a Mortal Kombat game screws up the coolness of Scorpion's spear (MK: Deception), there's a problem.


The original started with a gory impact puncture/deep bass sound effect, an awesome scream, and a great "Get over here!", as well as arterial spray and blood flying out.


What it became was no impact sound and two little bits of blood, each shooting out to one side. To their credit, however, a perfect re-creation of the "Get over here!" voice was done.


No one cares about detail any more. They just want to make money and make sure they're technically on the bandwagon of the genre they're doing.

"I'd rather Blizzard try to make Diablo 3 than make no attempt."

You are absolutely right, Dryden.
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199. Re: No subject Jul 11, 2008, 18:54 Randomuser83
 
True man. Why cant they wait to give there opinion once they've played it instead of bashing it just because they hate the big bad Blizzard.

 
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198. Re: No subject Jul 9, 2008, 11:43 Theo
 
gotta love how certain retards in this topic have condemed the game before its even released, or reviewed.

personally i am looking forward to it lots, much as i looked forward to hellgate (unfortunatly that sucked ass in a large way)...

i am looking forward to mythos and this, its a shame dungion runners is so low budget.
 
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197. No subject Jul 6, 2008, 08:03 dryden555
 
Actually most of the senior members of Diablo 2 are long gone and have been for years.

I'd rather Blizzard try to make Diablo 3 than make make no attempt. Maybe it will be dark and gritty and atmospheric with a great single-player story-line and maybe it will be crud. Who knows?


 
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196. Re: No subject Jul 5, 2008, 16:58 Lit_Reflex001
 
"I don't trust Diablo 3 entirely because the team that made Diablo Diablo is gone. "

False. Some of them left, some of them stayed.

"This is a sequel in name only."

A sequel is about how the game plays, not who programmed it."

The problem is that the game's lead designer is the guy who did WoW. And he apparently decided that it was a good idea to take all the WoW art style with him.

That was a grave mistake to anyone who cares about the essence of Diablo. The 3d models look cartoony, the environmental objects are "larger-than-life" (cartoony) objects with stupid strange cartoon curves, the blood is shit and is nothing but contact only blood appearance, crappy dismemberment where no blood comes out of the sever point and the severed limb doesnt twitch or bleed, no blood pools, no visible damage on the corpses....

The original's first monster had a death animation where he gets chopped in half with an over the top amount of blood spraying out of the lower body section, which then comes up and down on top of that part on the ground and stays there pooled up. Not to mention the extremely satisfying sound effects.

There is a petition to change the artistic direction of Diablo 3, and it currently has 34,132 signatures.

If any of you would like to see any screenshots showing some minor changes that could be made, or would like to sign the petition yourself, please go to http://www.petitiononline.com/d3art/

Thank you. With your help perhaps we can save Diablo 3 from being castrated by the Butcher.

 
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195. Release... Jul 4, 2008, 16:01 Eldaron Imotholin
 
End 2008 or beginning 2009.

This game has been more promoted than SC2 has so far, and it looks waaayyy more done.

 
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194. No subject Jul 4, 2008, 16:00 Eldaron Imotholin
 
End 2008 or beginning 2009.

This game has been more promoted than SC2 has so far, and it looks waaayyy more done.

 
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193. Re: No subject Jul 4, 2008, 11:48 Beamer
 
False. Some of them left, some of them stayed.

No one of importance.

A sequel is about how the game plays, not who programmed it.

That's one way of looking at it. I suppose, then, that the Quake games weren't sequels, as they played differently, but that Titan Quest is a Diablo Sequel?

Rubbish, Starcraft was always way superior to that total annihilation rubbish.

Disagreed. Starcraft forced you to micromanage your units and, more importantly, bases. Total Annihilation didn't. Infinite build queues freed you. Radar gave you new strategy.

Because you are a minority.

Yes, and bad taste is something that belongs to the majority.
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192. Re: No subject Jul 4, 2008, 10:46 IQ
 
"'how apparently Blizzard isn't a good developer anymore.'
Wait, Blizzard makes games still? I hadn't noticed. "

He said *developer* - they have been working on their 4 games for years.

"I don't trust Diablo 3 entirely because the team that made Diablo Diablo is gone. "

False. Some of them left, some of them stayed.

"This is a sequel in name only."

A sequel is about how the game plays, not who programmed it.

"The Starcraft games always felt behind the curve Total Annihilation set. "

Rubbish, Starcraft was always way superior to that total annihilation rubbish.

"And World of Warcraft, well, I lasted just over a week in that FedEx/chore simulator."

Because you are a minority.

 
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191. Re: No subject Jul 4, 2008, 10:40 IQ
 
"there is a difference between streamlined and dumbed down. your rage makes you unable to tell the difference.

and yes i get the few of you pretend to not like it because it makes you a 'rebel' or whatever, and thats fine. "

And your rage makes you unable to understand that some people don't like it.

 
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190. Re: No subject Jul 4, 2008, 10:38 IQ
 
"Sorry, objectivity is no not very common in all these D3 threads"

As you just showed

 
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189. Re: Bwizzard Jul 4, 2008, 10:26 IQ
 
They don't have the money because they don't make the great games.

 
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188. Re: Nice Jul 4, 2008, 09:46 IQ
 
"They cannot keep making these games over again. "

They don't care about your opinion.

 
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187. Re: No subject Jul 4, 2008, 09:45 IQ
 
"Blizzard North *made* GREAT games. The last Blizzard Entertainment games were a joke, sorry. "

Rubbish. Starcraft was great, the warcrafts were great.

"I wonder why so many think Blizzard North is Blizzard. "

Because it is. It was bought became part of the company and subject to their leaders. And year, some left and failed horribly with hellgate london. Now be quiet.

Blizzard makes great games still (even if their new videos suck)

 
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186. Re: No subject Jul 4, 2008, 09:32 IQ
 
They have more than one programmer working there. They have different teams. Teams who have been working on Sc2 for years and nothing else, teams who have been working on diablo3 and nothing else.

 
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185. Re: WoW = Ded Jul 4, 2008, 09:29 IQ
 
And you are irrelvant. Millions continue to play on. Who couldn't care less about diablo

 
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184. Re: Congrats Blizzard Jul 3, 2008, 17:18 Masa
 
I expect this ... early 2010.

You're full of shit. This game will not see the light of day until 2050 at least.

 
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183. Re: No subject Jul 2, 2008, 23:42 Prez
 
I'm sure this will be released on Consoles. I remember playing Diablo on my Sony Playstation.  
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