Blizzard Reveals Crafting System for Diablo III
At GamesCom 2010 Blizzard revealed how crafters will be able to create their own gear. In Diablo II, you had the assistance of the mystical Horadric Cube to create new items. In Diablo III, Blizzard introduced the Artisan, a new character who does the work for you. You just need to enlist an artisan and provide some materials and he sets out to create your new gear.
To add an Artisan to your retinue you have to help him out – usually by doing a quest for him. After you gained his trust he will follow you on your travels. They will set up show in the nearest town and you will be able to interact with him there. There are three types of Artisans that will be available to your hero: blacksmith, mystic, and jeweller.
- You can sell and repair items at the blacksmith, as well as have him create weapons and armor for you. He can also add sockets to any weapon or armor.
- The mystic creates magical implements like scrolls, potions, runes and charms, and enchants items.
- The jeweller is an interesting fellow: He creates gems for you and allows you to combine gems to create one of higher quality. This Artisan can also remove gems from items.
In order to increase the quality of the items you have to train the artisans so that they too can level up. Skilling up your artisans will also unlock unique recipes. For the artisans to do your bidding, you have to provide them with certain materials. These materials differ from artisan to artisan. You can get the necessary materials by salvaging items you find while playing. Every player will gain an artifact that allows you to break down items into materials so that you don’t have to go to town repeatedly just to salvage the items. The materials stack and thus only take up one square in your inventory each. Of course, higher-level items are salvaged into higher-level materials. Contrary to the Horadric Cube, the artifact so salvage items doesn’t take up any inventory space. Last but not least, Blizzard says that many rare crafting recipes and materials are only found as world drops.
If you want to take a loot at the Artisan for yourself, enjoy:
What else did we learn from Blizzard at Gamescom? Well, quite a bit. Here’s the short form because I’m lazy:
- There won’t be town portals anymore and the designers are focusing on way points instead.
- Blizzard isn’t exploring console ports. For now.
- Hardcore players will gain fancy effects in their profiles that make them stand out in Battle.Net.
- There will be a storage limitation with your stash but it will be ridiculously large.
- There will be set Items in Diablo III.
- Enhancing and socketing items will require gold. Actually, almost everything will require gold.