Diablo III: The Demon Hunter

By Jim Rossignol on October 23rd, 2010 at 10:06 am.


Aaaand the final class reveal for Diablo III. It’s the Demon Hunter, a class which which Blizzard describe as a conventional ranged class with a dark twist. So a kind of sexy dark-magic ranger with dual-wielded crossbows, then. There’s a trailer for the class below, mixing FMV with a bit of in-game stuff. Looks pretty Diabloy. Diablo-ie. Diabloey. Hmm.

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  1. Moo says:

    Diablolical

  2. Sardaukar says:

    Diablesque.

  3. Tetragrammaton says:

    That made me feel embarrassed to watch. Perhaps im getting to old for this bag of crisps.

    • Tetragrammaton says:

      And senile tOO

    • Sarkhan Lol says:

      No, I’m pretty sure that was just genuinely bad.

    • neems says:

      Yup, it’s bad.

    • jeremypeel says:

      It is pretty embarassing. I thought Blizzard were supposed to be good at this kind of thing? I’m sure they have one of the ex-Troika guys on story duties too. Hmph.

    • pkt-zer0 says:

      Leonard Boyarsky, on lore, to be exact. He was credited for art design in Troika’s games, but he did come up with Fallout 1’s ending.

    • Nallen says:

      No no, you feel like that because it’s f’ing terrible.

    • MadMatty says:

      yup- BRING ON THE CHEESE! – there must be a crowd outside Blizzard studios continually shouting that.

      oh yeah: Legends never die – and they never reload either.

  4. frags says:

    IT”S KERRIGAN!

    • BadHat says:

      More like Sylvanas.

    • Hmm-Hmm. says:

      Pretty much.

      For some reason, I, too, can’t summon up much enthusiasm for this game any more. Well, it’s all for the best. Hack and slash games aren’t generally my thing, anyway.

  5. Kakrafoon says:

    Bah, that is not what I wanted. I wanted the last class to be ranged, sure – but a boring crossbow-wielding I-am-so-driven-by-dark-energies-Lady is a bit unnngh. I would have liked a steampunk robot/android with ranged weapons like muskets or a steam-powered gatling gun. Crossbows with big skulls for decoration that apparently don’t need to be cranked are sooo last year.

  6. BigSigh says:

    Dialbells Divablows Diverflows.

    Quite frankly by now I feel I am already over this game bevore it is even out.

  7. Freud says:

    This will eat my life. My immune system is powerless against the lure of collecting shinies.

  8. Liquidated says:

    Diablosity.

  9. Taverius says:

    I’m looking forward to Diablo III and all, but … dear god, that has to be the worst dialogue I’ve heard in yyyyyyyyeeeeaaarsss.

    • Lachlan says:

      …which is worrisome, given one of Blizzard’s primary selling-points is storyline. I do hope this trailer is just the result of the art team only having ten minutes to toss out some lines.

      Nice ‘splodes.

    • DJ Phantoon says:

      I start laughing then I realized you’re serious.

      Those localizations make all the difference!

    • Lacunaa says:

      Primary selling points story? Maybe for the hardcore fans but I don’t think anyone found diabloII to be so good because of the story. It has always been very stereotypical and cheesy.

    • bob_d says:

      @ Lachlan: lolwut? I know the people responsible for the DI/D2 story, and even they admit it was clichéd and made little sense.

  10. Tei says:

    Diabloid, diabloized, diablo-isked, diablojuiced, per-diablo-niked, ….

    I approve this character. Is awesome in a cheap way, but can be nice. Obviusly a character that is basically “i am more awesome than anything else” will not work with two strong characters in scene… or at least I don’t know how can still work. Mechanically, I feel we don’t know enough about the class. Blizzard can surprise us. It don’t looks elegant from here, but maybe is a fun class to play. Hum?. Thats what games are about, fun.

  11. BooleanBob says:

    God damn it, enough already! Seems this site has become Rock, Paper, Diablo of late (oblig.).

  12. Hippo says:

    That was stoooopid.

  13. Finstern says:

    I think this is the first game trailer that I actually stopped watching without getting to the end. She looks so goddamn boring and uninspired.

    I know there is a shortage of creative crews on the market lately, but this?
    This makes bunny sad.

  14. Rii says:

    Huh. I must bust be one of the few who really enjoyed the trailer. It’s certainly far more interesting than the much shinier Cata trailer, and the dialogue – whilst not about to win any awards – was better than that of SC2 and the Cata trailer also.

    Probably my #2 class behind Wizard at this point. I would’ve preferred a bow or a single crossbow to dual-wielding, though…

  15. Navagon says:

    I’m not alone in thinking that Blizzard used to be good at trailers, am I? That was seriously bad.

    • BooleanBob says:

      It was face-chewingly bad.

    • Hmm-Hmm. says:

      Ayup.

    • Navagon says:

      I guess quality can go out of the window when you’ve got a hoard of slavering fanboys whose glasses’ rose tint is practically opaque.

      Wait, does this mean that the Diablo 3 trailer I saw on some retail website wasn’t faked? It looked like some dodgy 2003 in game engine cut scene. In light of this that might have been legit.

      Here it is. Yeah, looks like it’s legit. Wow. Those laurels have been well and truly crushed by Blizzard’s mighty arse.

  16. Jez says:

    What the devil is all the fuss about? I can’t get fired up about a game with such lame CG. Not in 1000 years.

  17. Saiko Kila says:

    That demon hunter looks like it is a demon in disguise. Can be male, female or none. Yeah, not sexy to me.

    • Rii says:

      “As you look into the abyss, so the abyss looks into you…”

    • Saiko Kila says:

      I’d prefer looking into open grave – necromancers and the like are usually somewhat similar to the object(s) of their study, too. But demons are bad and ugly. Zombies are cool and fun. Anyway, being one of the rescued by the demon hunter, I wouldn’t trust it completely. I would wait for it to finish its job and put knife into its back. It would be easier than dealing with a fully fledged demon which that demon hunter is clearly transforming to. And we know how that ends in Diablo world.

    • Heynes says:

      I think their original concept was actually a demon which hunts other demons. Obviously, they scaled way back from since then, but ended up keeping the glowy eyes.

  18. weego says:

    clearly all the talented wow people are on “unnamed project”

  19. HopperUK says:

    I really hope she doesn’t have high heels on her armoured boots. But that’s what it looks like.

    • DJ Phantoon says:

      What’s wrong with that? She can wear them on her feet and on her breasts! She can be the dominatrix that subjugates four people at once!

    • Corrupt_Tiki says:

      Excuse me?! I totally approve of High heels, stockings and big breasts, esp in games, and 80% of the internet agrees with me ;P

    • Nick says:

      OHSHI- we found a member of THE demographic!

  20. Witek says:

    The worst part was the cheers at the end. I actually rewinded to make sure they are in the video and not an illusion. What… the…?!!

    • Starky says:

      Because it’s from Blizzcon and those cheers are from the people AT Blizzcon who were watching it – you can even briefly see it cut back to the stage.

    • disperse says:

      That explains the horrible video quality then.

  21. pkt-zer0 says:

    A ranged character with a shotgun, whee.

    The cutscene quality seems to have gone up since the Monk trailer as far as visuals are concerned. The dialogue was quite bad, though.

  22. Sinomatic says:

    I want my pally back….

    *sniffs*

    (And not one of those bloody hammerdins either)

    More seriously…..a) this trailer was rather painful and cringeworthy on the acting side of things, and b) I’m not seeing anything much in DIII that really excites.

    ‘Meh’ about sums up my feelings on it at the moment, sadly.

    • ScubaMonster says:

      Yeah I’m genuinely disappointed they only have one heavy arms class (Barbarian).

  23. VonFIDDE says:

    I really wanted a paladinish class but i guess this will do, im a huge fanboy for Diablo but im not sure anymore. Some stuff looks really really cool, but others is more meh. Since i guess we wont see D3 until early 2012 i will start looking for Torchlight 2 instead :O.

    • Rii says:

      I imagine there’ll be an expansion (or two) at some point. Prolly get your Paladin-esque class then. =)

    • ScubaMonster says:

      I have to say Blizzard is one big disappointment to me now, and I use to think everything they touched turned to gold. I still haven’t bought Starcraft 2 and have no real desire to. Only reason I’m even considering it is because one of my friends has it. I hope Diablo 3 turns out good but I’m not really excited for it.

  24. Vague-rant says:

    Wasn’t there a demon hunter in Warcraft 3? I think I prefered him.

    • ScubaMonster says:

      Yeah Illidan was a Demon Hunter. Blindfolded with dual crescent blades. Although I think that would have been ridiculous to basically throw in a WoW character for a Diablo class. I guess maybe with the Demon Hunter they were wanting a Van Helsing type character. Though I don’t think they pulled that off well.

  25. Spacewalk says:

    Looks like a class that I would Diabble with.

  26. Brumisator says:

    Who cares about the story or dialogue in a diablo game?
    *click click click click click click click click click click click click click click click click click click click click click click click click click click click*
    is all you’re going to hear anyway.

    Go go dark ranger!

    • Urthman says:

      As opposed to Starcraft which sounds like CliCliCliCliCliCliCliCliCliClik CliCliClik CliCliCliClik CliCliCliCliCliCliCliCLiCLik

      or Quake3 which sounds like Click. Click. Click Click Click. Click Cliiiiiiiiiiiick Click Click

      or Myst which sounds like Click. Click Click. Click Click Click.

      Which is why console games are better. PC games are just clickfests.

  27. spinks says:

    The trailer was great up until the point where I realised the poor victim wasn’t going to turn into an evil demon and bite the demon hunter’s head off.

  28. Okay says:

    There was no FMV it was all in game (and in-game cut sequences.) Blizzard CGI is always cinematic quality and you could clearly see the realtime–budgeted polygons here

  29. Simes says:

    It’s a capture from the BlizzCon presentation. The cheers were the audience.

  30. Simes says:

    The cheers are from the audience at BlizzCon, it’s a capture from the presentation there.

    • Saiko Kila says:

      So the cheers are from people who pay to be able to advertise for Blizzard. Ah.

  31. Simes says:

    Bah, reply fail.

  32. The Great Wayne says:

    God, that was awful. Been playing several hundreds of hours of D2, will not play this one.

    Not saying I’m surprised tho, people who’ve made the creative success of blizzard are long gone. Cheering fanboys at the end are pretty pathetic too, but should encourage Blizzard to think about becoming a sect instead of a gaming studio.

    With a little luck they might even end up immolating themselves, therefore withdrawing from the common gene pool, for the greater good !

    *grin*

    • TotalBiscuit says:

      RAWRRAWRRAWR let’s rage for no good reason.

      You’ll buy it on day 1.

    • Azradesh says:

      RPS does seem to have become the home of mindless contrary hipsters.

    • bob_d says:

      The Diablo people are long gone (many even before Blizzard North was dissolved), but the Warcraft/Starcraft people are still there, including the principals.

    • Starky says:

      Azra sadly this is true, but it’s been getting worse the past 6-12 months.

      I blame Apple to be honest, faux intellectual snobbery hipsterism has always been around, but it’s never been so (ironically) mainstream.

    • Rii says:

      Azra,

      I actually think – and as someone’s who’s more often than not a fan of Nintendo and Blizzard’s output it pains me to say this – that the anti-Apple, anti-Blizzard, and anti-Nintendo sentiments are very similar in character. The only difference, I think, is that Apple actively courts such scorn by taunting the opposition, whereas Blizzard/Nintendo’s unforgivable sin is merely in having faith in their products.

      That said, it’s certainly become (more) obvious of late that RPS is a wasteland when it comes to discussion of anything Blizzard. At this point I only wish the staff would cease running stories associated with Blizzard given the contempt with which it is viewed by both the staff and the readership.

    • Rii says:

      Ok, the above should’ve been addressed to Starky. My bad.

    • Starky says:

      I really like apple products (well the iStuff, not so much macs, over priced PC hardware I can live without) they are a good meld of form and function, design and aesthetics. I don’t own any of them granted, I’m a guy who’ll got for features over ease of use, so I own a Android phone, but I’m still seriously tempted to buy a Ipod touch and I used to own a Ipod shuffle.

      It’s not apple I dislike, it’s people who worship apple, and culture they encourage – they’re not only to blame, but they lead the pack.

      Still, apples success is making other companies catch up on usability while offering more features, and at a cheaper cost – so it’s a win for everyone.

    • The Great Wayne says:

      Some people here are obviously confused between what’s rage, and what’s vitriolic trolling. A good troll is always worth it to bring the less bright crowd out of the bush for a “witty” comment.

      You know who you are, thank you for participating ;)

    • Azradesh says:

      I fail to see anything “witty” in your comment, all I see is whine. A good troll also never admits that they were trolling, so now you just come off as someone trying to save face because their comment hasn’t been quite as well received as they’d hoped.

      Or maybe you are just too damn witty for RPS.

    • ScubaMonster says:

      @TotalBiscuit: I still haven’t bought Starcraft 2. Though I was never raging against that or any other Blizzard game. Just didn’t find it appealing and I played the hell out of Starcraft 1, Diablo 2, etc. My interest started to wane with Warcraft 3. Though I did play WoW for years. But I quit that one too. Considering trying Cataclysm but after WotLK it just got insanely boring so I’m undecided. It would end up being one of those things where I’d check it out for a month or two then quit again so not really even worth it. I guess that’s bound to happen playing the same game for years on end.

      I really want to like Diablo 3, as the Diablo games were probably my favorite Blizzard games. But I’m not just feeling it.

    • Starky says:

      @ The Great Wayne

      http://www.cracked.com/funny-3809-internet-argument-techniques/

      Number 1 mate, read it.

  33. JackShandy says:

    Wow. Who’da thunk Diablo 3 would pass the Bechdel test?

    • Rii says:

      I had to look that up. Neat little concept.

      And yeah. There’s even some agentic stuff in there.

    • JackShandy says:

      What’s it say when a crappy FMV from Blizzard, of all people, is more female-friendly than nearly every other game cutscene ever made?

      Everyone’s complaining about the typical blizzard lame-stick, but if you look at it the underlying idea is pretty solid. A woman (With armour that covers her realistically!) meets a girl who reminds her of her younger self and convinces her to stand up for herself. Not the image that came into my mind when I heard the “Kicking demon butt in high-heels” preview from PC gamer.

      So, I liked it more than most of Blizzards FMV’s.

    • Dain says:

      Realistic armoured? You are joking right? Huge spiky pauldrons and a metal bodice don’t equal realistic. Yes she’s covered up more than your average fantasy-genero-heroine, but it’s still fairly standard generic fantasy “BREASTS OF STEEL” female armour.

    • Rii says:

      There’s certainly more substance here than in … well .. any other Blizzard cinematic that I can recall.

  34. errol the poop flinging badger says:

    That cheering on the audio is from the crowd at blizzcon, where the video was aired. It’s not dead zombies cheering the frosty, hood wearing bitch on. It’s living zombies. YEAH FEEL THE BURN BLIZZARD FANS.

    self facepalm

    • errol the poop flinging badger says:

      that was a reply to witek, funny I thought pressing reply twice and checking my url before confirming would be enough. Possibility of using a better system? See Chainsawsuit for what is probably a suitable replacement (and comics!).

    • bleeters says:

      Make an account, login, then reply.

  35. noobnob says:

    Oh what’s next, dual-wielding polearms?

    The mechanics of the class itself looks interesting though.

    • Matt says:

      …I would actually enjoy using a class with dual-wielding polearms. Yes, I know how silly it would look, and I don’t care.

    • pkt-zer0 says:

      If by silly you mean AWESOME, yeah.

      It would be too extreme, even for Diablo, though.

  36. darkparadise says:

    it looks like another torchlight clone…

  37. Unaco says:

    Diabolical. And that isn’t a Diablo pun… just looks bad to me.

  38. jackflash says:

    That was the worst Blizzard FMV I have ever seen.

  39. teo says:

    Terrible trailer, but you’re terrible if you don’t realize it’s using ingame assets

  40. the wiseass says:

    No Paladin :(

  41. Nick says:

    Looks crap. All that pew pew pew like its Gradius.

  42. lumberjack_wannabe says:

    Witch Hunters are cooler.

    In other news, Chris Metzen has finally been confirmed as being batshit fucking insane.

  43. Nick says:

    That’s clearly not CG, it’s an in-game cutscene.

  44. Zogtee says:

    There’s so much whine in here, you’d think it was a professional brewery. Any lot that get off their fat arses and cheer for a new PC game are alright with me.

    • Azradesh says:

      Agree. Some people just have massively rose tinted glasses.

      Blizzard games have ALWAYS had cheesy dialog.
      Blizzard games have ALWAYS been cartoony.
      And for the love of all that is good and holy Diablo has ALWAY been colourful!

      Oh but now because it’s THREEEE DEEEE and has a colour palet of more then 16bit all you hear is WOW! COLOUR! CARTOONY! MY BLOOD IS BLACK AND COLOUR BURNS!

      /rant Sorry about that Zogtee

  45. GuessThatThingie says:

    Is her name YOHKO?

    (extra points chance here folks)

    • mwoody says:

      But those are devils, not demons.

      Well, they’re “mamono,” I guess.

  46. mwoody says:

    For those forgetful/inattentive people like me, to save you having to look it up:

    The five classes in Diablo 3 will be Demon Hunter, Barbarian, Witch Doctor, Wizard, and Monk.

  47. TDM says:

    As a friend noted, she looks a hell of a lot like Kasumi from Mass Effect 2.

    • JKjoker says:

      well, coming out with “generic tough girl dressed in black” isnt really anything to write home about

  48. My video is not working says:

    my video is not working, it interrupts before the lesbian scene at the end. Stupid video thing.

    Anyway diablo 3 looks surprisingly less spectacular than i remember, I hope the lesbian scene will at least be good

  49. fester says:

    “RPS does seem to have become the home of mindless contrary hipsters.”

    Yeah, it sucks when someone disagrees with you, doesn’t it?

    • Starky says:

      People with a differing opinion is one thing, but mindless contrariness is another, there’s not much of that going on in this thread though to be fair.

      Still if people want to not play a game that may be great (may not be, remains to be seen) because it has a fucking rainbow in it, or because it has team based arena PVP (something utterly optional and no way impacting the single player/coop campaign) then that is fine.

      I just wish they’d stop bitching endlessly about it.

    • Jutranjo says:

      You mean where you can skip every single Blizzard news post comment box because it’s the same whinning plebs crying how Blizzard is not the people who made Warcraft 1 in 1994

    • Thants says:

      It sucks when someone takes literally any scrap of information about a Blizzard game as an excuse to complain endlessly about their petty World of Warcraft grievances.