Diablo III Has Been Announced
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.