Finally, Diablo III has been unveiled on June 28, 2008 at the 2008 Blizzard Entertainment Worldwide Invitational in Paris, France. Diablo III, D3 in short, is an action role playing game similar to its predecessor, Diablo II. D3 will have a focus on cooperative play over Battle.Net. There will also be a single player component, but its main focus definitely is on team play. The game features a proprietary 3D engine that will incorporate Havok physics. As a result, there will be partially destructive environments which will be of use to the player. According to some news over at IGN Diablo 3 won’t require DirectX 10, though, so it should be able to run on a lot of systems. As always, Blizzard is planning a simultaneous release on both Windows and Mac OS X platforms.
The developers want to keep the focus on action and expand the role playing elements while staying true to the original concept. There will be a focus on making D3 replayable and because of random adventures and class-specific quests that should prove no problem at all. Without a doubt, we will see large scale combat and scores of enemies on screen which is one of the key points of the diablo franchise. Additionally, they made the game easier by implementing a hotbar. Easier controls allow to quickly swap through skills which directly translates to a more fast-paced experience. Blizzard also redid the health system. It tried to eliminate downtimes in combat and it came up with health globes. These appear randomly after a monster is slewn. In cooperative play all players benefit from the restorative effects of this globe.
The inventory is still being worked on but it will be similar to WoW. No grid inventory will be used this time and they haven’t settled upon a final inventory size. There will be new and returning classes. Up to now, only the Barbarian and the Witch Doctor have been unveiled. In Diablo III you can select the gender of your character, though. There should be five classes initially, but they’re not really quite sure about that yet, I suppose. Storywise, D3 will play 20 years after the events that took place in Diablo II and some evil is stirring again in Tristram. Deckard Cain has already been announced as a returning NPC.
Neither the system requirements nor the launch date have been announced as of yet. Be sure to check out the official site now and then to get the latest info.
After installing it, I tried to get all my plug-ins to work. Luckily, ever extension I have in use has already been upgraded to work with version 3.0 of Firefox, which has been in development for roughly 3 years. By the way, version 3.1 is already in the works and should be released at the end of the year. It will incorporate a few features that didn’t make it into Firefox 3.0. As I was writing, every extension was available for the new version – save one: Mouse Gestures, one of my favorites. A fast search on Google provided a solution to this particular dilemma – Mouse Gestures Redox.
This is one of those films that hat been coming forever it seems. Finally, after two teasers we got ourselves a nice little present in the form of a real trailer. Babylon A. D. is a science fiction film that plays in the near future. Toorop (Vin Diesel) is a mercenary who has to escort a woman from Russia to Canada. What he doesn’t know is that Aurora (Mélanie Thierry) is carrying an organism in her that everbody wants to get their hands on.
During production the crew did encounter some difficulties and did run over the budget. Filming was completed more than a year ago and now the first full-length trailer has been released. You can watch it here if you so choose. The flick is available in higher resolution over at IGN. If you want to check out the teaser trailers first, check this site out. I gotta say, it looks quite promising and may be well worth watching at the theater.
In late February this year, Transporter 3 has been announced. Once again, Jason Statham will play Frank, the delivery driver who will transport any package anywhere, no questions asked. No plot details have been released yet, although Prison Break’s T-Bag, Robert Knepper, will be the villain. It has come to my ears that the teaser trailer has already hit the web – and it sure looks good. A higher quality version of the trailer can be viewed at French site AlloCiné. I’m really looking forward to watching this movie. It’s all about the action, baby!