Oh, And There’s A Diablo 3 Cinematic

By Jim Rossignol on December 11th, 2011 at 9:23 am.


Yes, there’s also a Diablo III cinematic from Blizzard. Not all that interesting, I suppose, but it’s super stylish, so you’ll probably want to take a look, below.

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  1. Doesn'tmeananything says:

    Okay.

    But shall we discuss all the infernal decisions that Blizzard have made with this game?

    • RogB says:

      dont worry, there’ll be plenty more D3 threads where people can repeat the same things thats already been said plenty in previous threads.

    • Metonymy says:

      As an individual, the design decisions only matter to the extent that they kill excitement, and they do kill it a little bit.

      I don’t think I’m being selfish when I say I hope this cash model fails. It doesn’t really serve the customer that well, since I don’t believe legitimate, desirable playing partners are the ones buying items.

    • alundra says:

      At first glance it is certainly is a double standard, I want to see EA or UBI or the ACTI(vision) part of (b)LIZZARD attempting to do a similar parade of customer fuckery and you will see everybody and their cousins lashing it out against them.

      The real problem is that fans of former Blizzard are among the most shallow you will see, they will buy an empty box as long as the name “Blizzard” is stamped on it.

      I know because, I was one once, but I’ve never been good at yelling “thank you sir please give me more” when taking it in the rear.

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      Arathain says:

      Is this meant to be the pun thread? Because it went to hell really fast, didn’t it?

    • White Whale says:

      Did they change the part where you click things to make them die and then click to pick up things they dropped?

      No?

      Oh good. I’ll be buying this game then.

    • CommentSystem says:


      “The real problem is that fans of former Blizzard are among the most shallow you will see, they will buy an empty box as long as the name “Blizzard” is stamped on it.

      I know because, I was one once, but I’ve never been good at yelling “thank you sir please give me more” when taking it in the rear.”

      I know I shouldn’t react to this since you are just being hyperbolic internet dude but that is really condescending and unfair. Blizzard has such a dedicate fan base because they consistently produce quality products.

    • FataMorganaPseudonym says:

      “because they consistently produce quality products.”

      Used to. They used to consistently produce quality products. They don’t anymore.

    • Eskatos says:

      Right. Starcraft 2 is considered by anyone in the know to be one of the worst RTSs of all time. Not to mention World of Warcraft, which is roundly despised by over 10 million subscribers who only continue to pay out of their subconscious desire for more suffering.

    • Xocrates says:

      @FataMorganaPseudonym: Quality being subjective aside, I would argue that most of the problems that Blizzard currently has (and which indeed has made me decide not to get Diablo 3) are due to stupid corporate policies, not any particular problem with their games.

      That said, they have released a grand total of 1 new game since Wow. And dodgy writing aside, SC2 was still a pretty damn good game.

    • alundra says:

      Leaving the obvious sarcasm aside, Starcraft 2 is considered an all time RTS by whom?? damn right, the legion of Blizzard fanboys, and when there are none, then it’s the pre-paid media.

      Word of Warcraft what?? the same game that is losing subscribers by the thousands?? who remains loyal to it’s mediocrity? damn right, Blizzard fanboys.

    • Xocrates says:

      @alundra: the pre-paid media like RPS?

      Also, are you suggesting that WoW is bad because it’s losing subscribers after 7 YEARS?

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      Durkonkell says:

      Riiiight. “The only people who liked Starcraft 2 are the gibbering fanboys” and “pre-paid media conspiracy!!!” in the same post. I’m really sick of people who don’t really like a game screaming fanboyism at people who do.

      Life lesson: People will like different things than you, and they will do this without being wrong, idiots or rabid fanboys.

      Additionally: I believe Alec and Quinns (may he rest in peace) liked SC2 quite a lot when they verdicted it. Would you like to accuse the Hivemind of fanboyism, taking bribes from Blizzard or both?

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      AndrewC says:

      alundra ws such a lovely game.

    • TheGameSquid says:

      Amen to that Andrew!

    • Thants says:

      Clearly no one likes Starcraft 2. Except for all the people who like Starcraft 2 but they don’t count, because they like Starcraft 2.

    • rocketman71 says:

      StarCraft 2 is a nice game. Nothing more, nothing less. It would have been a great game if it had been released in 2005 or 2006, but it was released in 2010. If we think about the resources and the time Blizzard put into it, SC2 is a POS compared to what it could have been. Company of Heroes is a much better game than SC2, and it was released 5 fucking years ago.

      If SC2 was called Space Soldiers 2 and didn’t come from Blizzard, its metacritic score wouldn’t be 93, it would be 75 at most. And if anybody thinks otherwise, I’m sorry to say, you’re a Blizzard fanboy.

      I don’t know if Diablo 3 will be a good or a great game. I know that what Blizzard is putting in the table is unacceptable to me, and should be to any self-respecting gamer that doesn’t have fiber in his home. Hell, it should be unacceptable to any gamer, but I find that many that despise Ubi end up defending Blizzard.

      In any case, I believe that Blizzard no longer puts players or quality first, but money, and my wallet has gone somewhere else accordingly. You can do whatever you want with yours.

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      Lamb Chop says:

      Fanboy is right. Problem is, they’re not Blizzard fanboys, they’re Starcraft fanboys. Or Idra fanboys, or Huk fanboys. Once you’re engaged in the scene, it becomes very apparent that Blizzard created the game but have very little to do with how it’s developed post-launch. If anything, Starcraft fans are more critical of Blizzard than the average person who didn’t buy the game.

      Stop hurting ESPORTS!

    • tetracycloide says:

      “And if anybody thinks otherwise, I’m sorry to say, you’re a Blizzard fanboy.”

      That’s what passes for logic in your addled mind: if not agree with me then fanboy else normal person? Then there’s the absolute logical gem of conflating Ubi’s always online DRM on single-player only games and Blizzard’s always online DRM on a series that has always had multiplayer since the first iteration back in 1996. I mean don’t get me wrong, it sucks that they’re gutting any real single player experience in exchange for a captive audience for their real money auction house but there is a large degree of difference between that and what Ubi is doing on their titles. For example, in Diablo III the always online requirement is not a significant change from the way the previous titles were played for some players while with Ubi’s titles it clearly is.

    • Thants says:

      Maybe people don’t rate the game highly because they’re fanboys. Maybe they’re fanboys because it’s a good game.

  2. ado says:

    Wish they’d just announce a release date so I can start planning my life around this thing already…

  3. Baka says:

    It’s even the official intro if I understood the internet correctly.

  4. caddyB says:

    They do make good cinematics.

    • Trillby says:

      They do know how to make a good conematic, aye =)

      Although to be honest, they not shabby at making games either. Just so slow….

  5. danimalkingdom says:

    wow. from a technical, animate-y standpoint, that footage is pretty spiffing. The handdrawn sequence is especially well done. It’s great that Valve and Blizzard have teams that appear to hold a candle to Pixar.

    • RogB says:

      agreed, the book sketching stuff is lovely (if a little quick on the cuts and editing – i’d have liked a bit longer to work out whats going on)

    • iGark says:

      I think an entire game with the hand-sketched art style would be awesome.

  6. Lobotomist says:

    Any Idea why they released this trailer now ?

    May it be related to release date announcement soon ? Hope so :)

  7. CaspianRoach says:

    I liked the other D3 cinematics more. This one feels lower in quality.

    • tenseiga says:

      Agree, pretty underwhelming.

    • Ed123 says:

      Same. I honestly think that the quality of Blizzard’s (narrative-driven) cutscenes has gone down since Warcraft 3’s day, along with the writing in general.

    • Nevard says:

      Is this meant to be sarcasm or something?

    • Sic says:

      Needs more retarded Warcraft demons telling the protagonist how evil they are, and how the protagonist can stop them (but how they’re so evil that the protagonist can’t realistically do so). Preferably with words that would make most children seem eloquent.

  8. iARDAs says:

    I just hope this game will be 3Dvision compatible.

  9. Orija says:

    Generic stuff with a buttload of polish. Storyline and writing have never been Blizzard’s strong point.

  10. Necroscope says:

    Possibly the most cliched intro ever yet I marvelled at the animation qualities :)

    • Skabooga says:

      something something INFERNAL FORCES something something BATTLE something something FATE OF THE WORLD.

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    sonofsanta says:

    I still absolutely love the design of the angelic hordes in Diabloland.

    All my moral outrage and resistance will inevitably crumble when this is released, Kotick spare my soul :(

  12. JonathanStrange says:

    Poor old Deckard Cain. You’d think after the first two demonic invasions and whatnot more people would be paying attention to him. But then I imagine it would make for a pretty poor plot if the inevitable hell portal opened up only to met by a massive and fully prepared army… actually scratch that, not only does that make more sense but it sounds pretty damned entertaining.

    I mean you’d think by now they’d be prepared for these sorts of events instead of waiting for an inevitable protagonist to step forward. Again. As always.

    Good ol’ silly gaming tropes!

    • codename_bloodfist says:

      Why raise an army when you can delegate the entire workload unto some poor bloke with nothing but a shabby club and a pair of rags.

    • mmalove says:

      This was effectively the story of Hellgate London: the game takes place sometime after the invasion rather that during. Men stood against the hell invasion and essentially got their asses kicked.

  13. Nameless1 says:

    Yeah…another idiotic storyline that a 10 yo would have done better, just like with Starcraft 2.
    Say hello to my little 50€, Blizzard.

    • pkt-zer0 says:

      Couldn’t you at least give them the benefit of the doubt? They’ve got Leonard Boyarsky on the project. And Fallout’s opening wasn’t particularly original, either (get the MacGuffin to save your people), but the game did plenty of clever stuff afterwards (I liked the ending a lot, in particular).

  14. lordon says:

    I am gonna make Diablo 3 my full time job.

  15. Davie says:

    With all the reasons I have to hate Blizzard, it’s good to know they still have it in them to make a bad-the-fuck-ass cinematic.

    • Swanny says:

      Exactly.
      My God Is It Beautiful.
      I’ve seen some argument’s about its genericness, but – polish is Blizzards’ real game.

      That said, who else is doing Pixar-quality cutscenes with mature themes?
      No one. Blizzard really is in a league of their own on the cinematics.

    • Abundant_Suede says:

      That said, who else is doing Pixar-quality cutscenes with mature themes?

      Pretty much every cinematic by Blur Studios.

  16. quicktooth says:

    Am I the only one who remembers God is omnipotent, so a “final battle” makes no sense at all? Or that hitting people’s bodies NEVER had anything to do with beliefs, values, or in fact solving anything except HITTING PEOPLE’S BODIES?? It’s this view of the apocalypse, that so many seem to hold, that makes the least sense of any version. There is no final battle to decide (what, exactly?) anything that COULD involve hitting people. A battle to convince people to pay attention to their world and how they’re fucking it up makes sense. A battle to convince people to try and act in their own lives instead of being lead around by the nose and not caring at all, makes sense. It NEVER made sense to see glittery and ugly people hitting each other to… I still can’t see what they’d achieve. I guess Blizzard didn’t want to make a game about dealing with the real issues. That that very idea seems so incredibly stupid says all it needs to about the state of the world, I think. Thoughts?

    • Xocrates says:

      Actually, the Diablo universe doesn’t have God, and if I recall correctly neither does Darksiders. So that’s not really an issue there.

    • k37chup says:

      Just like real life

    • Jables says:

      Yeah, actually, according to the lore the angels and demons, even though called light and dark, are pretty much assholes both of ‘em.

      and humans are infact the progeny of the few peaceful angels and demons who wished to escape the eternal war:

      So, in the beginning there were angels and demons and an eternal war. Then some of them got tired, escaped and created a new world in which they hid together. The demons and angels had offspring, which turned out to be even more powerful than both of them together, but the worldstone that was created to hide the presence of the deserter’s world of Sanctuary from the two armies of Heaven and Hell gradually sapped their power over generations, and they turned into weak humans.

      (at least, that is how I interpreted the lore I skimmed a couple of months ago)

  17. SwiftRanger says:

    Aye, no God in Sanctuary. Just two sides battling it out for all eternity without giving a crap about humanity.

    Thank God (ooh) Blizzard didn’t look to the real world when it started the Diablo universe, I think the current philosophy behind the storyline (however cliché the DIII intro itself is) is pretty cool.

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    Moorkh says:

    Damn. Now I really want to see that/any game use this sketch/3D hybrid style…

  19. fallingmagpie says:

    I honestly thought this game was out already. Weird.

  20. Vinraith says:

    Umm, that’s nice.

    When is Torchlight 2 coming out, again?

    • Xocrates says:

      That is a good question actually.

      Last I heard it was still supposed to come out this year, and that is starting to look pretty unlikely.

    • Vinraith says:

      Indeed. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the “when it’s done” mentality, but much as *I* think Torchlight 2 is wildly more interesting than Diablo 3 I can’t imagine that going head-to-head with Blizzard is going to be good for Runic’s bottom line.

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      cog says:

      My thoughts exactly.

    • derbefrier says:

      Pretty sure it got delayed till sometime next year. I thought torchlight was a bit overrated though but I must admit T2 is looking pretty good. Still diablo will be my first choice but I am sure I will end up getting both games eventuallyn

    • Abundant_Suede says:

      Pushed back to early next year.

      http://www.torchlight2game.com/news/2011/11/17/an-update-from-travis-baldree/

      I’m playing a little Torchlight this weekend, actually. Really looking forward to co-op Torchlight. Slightly more excited about Grim Dawn, though.

    • Vinraith says:

      @Abundant_Suede

      Thanks for the link. It does nothing to quell my concerns about their competition eating them for breakfast, however.

      Also: Grim Dawn! I’d totally forgotten about that one. Is it supposed to be out next year as well?

    • Abundant_Suede says:

      @Vinraith

      Re: Grim Dawn.

      Supposedly. Although at the rate they’re going, it would be closer to the last quarter of the year if they do.

      If your excitement runs rabid, in order to fund the game they are letting people buy their way in to beta and even alpha testing, which should be starting before too long…for higher prices than the eventual $ 20 price tag, of course.

      http://www.grimdawn.com/contribute_buynow02.php

  21. Bobsy says:

    Lest we forget, this is what pictures of monsters actually looked like back in the middle ages:

    http://www.medievalscript.com/images/may07/kells.jpg

    Yes, I’m a history grumpus.

    • svge says:

      God I’m glad they didn’t take any inspiration from that.

    • Bobsy says:

      He’s a HAPPY DRAGON. He’s happy because he eated all the people.

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    Morlock says:

    “Uuuuuncle!!!”

    Your uncle got hit by a COMET. He can’t hear you.

  23. Kleppy says:

    It was alright, but frankly not even close to D2’s opening. This isn’t just nostalgia talking, the whole bar scene with the demons jumping out of the fire, wyrms coming up from below and skeletons dancing in the green fire is one of the most memorable pieces of computer animations I’ve ever seen. Now that was an incredible intro.

    “Why did I follow him? I do not know… why do things happen as they do in dreams? All I know is that when he beckoned, I had to follow him. And from that moment on we traveled together. To the east. Always into the East…”

    God that was the best intro ever.

  24. AlKaPwn says:

    Ugh I’m not sure what is worse, the jesus freaks knocking on my door or the atheists that seem to infest every message board.

  25. outoffeelinsobad says:

    IN A WORLD

  26. goliath1333 says:

    This trailer has actually given me a lot of hope for the narrative of Diablo 3, after the dissapointment of Starcraft 2.

    Diablo 2’s plot hinged on you following this mysterious stranger, who left devastation and destruction in his wake. It was a mystery as to the connection between the mystery man and the prisoner.

    If Diablo 3 is structured as Deckard Cain’s granddaughter in pursuit of him across the land and into hell and in turn you are chasing her, the plot could be structured as a race against time both to save Deckard Cain and this girl. Also lots of Deckard Cain as demon/Deckard sacrificing himself/little girl as demo/little girl sacrificing herself plot could ensue.

    I’m excited! Are you!?!?

    • Abundant_Suede says:

      Diablo games have plots?

      I thought the plot was “collect loot”, with a subplot of “Kill Diablo”.

  27. f1x says:

    I suppose that, to be cool and trendy you gotta hate on WoW and Blizzard, because of course they sold to the man
    So of course whatever they do its gonna be crap and not as good as before

    Also, where are the pandas?

    • alundra says:

      You got it all wrong, to be cool and trendy you gotta love WoW and Blizzard above all else.

      So how does this work then?? We hate UBI and EA for what they do, but love Blizzard for what they do and intend to do?? Don’t you realize that right now when you purchase a game from this companies, all you receive is a disc (if it’s not digital) and a license, and that if Blizzard has it’s way then you won’t be receiving even that at all because half the game will be stored on their servers??

      Talking about double moral…

    • f1x says:

      Actually no
      I can understand some people being butthurt about diablo3 being “always online” required, and I agree its an odd decision to disregard a singe player offline mode in favor of and “online market”, thats obiously a corporative decision rather than design decision and of course I understand the fuss

      But what I dont understand is why that makes this trailer bad, this trailer is actually really nice, its not mediocre or “not as good”, also it wont make the game a pile of poo, actually its gonna be most probably a really awesome game

      For me, same for Ubisoft aswell, I hate their take on DRM and delays with PC “ports” but Brotherhood and Revelations are some damn nice games

    • Kdansky says:

      I put that in words once so I can link to it whenever people don’t understand why there is no single player offline mode:

      http://blown-to-bits.blogspot.com/2011/11/why-diablo-3-cannot-be-played-offline_03.html

    • f1x says:

      Thanks, there are some great arguments there

      And of course I see now of course you can compare traditional DRM (ala Ubisoft) with a service like Battle.net, which is indeed, a service more than a restriction (remember when starcraft1 launched, battle.net allowed for easy and fast matchmaking

      Actually I think gaming community is suffering of a big disease which is being afraid of changes, of course sometimes changes are not good, sometimes there are non-popular corporative decision that lead to players being affected, etc but when that leads to people simply reacting to every new trailer with a “this is shit” is simply unproductive and silly
      Of course we can question quality, but simply bashing everything aint really that

    • Thants says:

      If every supposedly great change didn’t seem to involve taking more and more control away from me I’d probably be less afraid of it.

  28. Urthman says:

    The hand-drawn stuff was fantastic, but the second half with Old Man reading Ancient Prophesies that Hell Is On The Move and just as he reads it Fire Strikes Him Down and the Plucky Young Girl is left Alone to Seek Vengeance and gosh that was really trite and goofy.

    Basically people don’t care about stories in video games so developers don’t bother trying to make them any good.

  29. Shooop says:

    Can we just get a Diablo CG movie from this team of very talented artists instead?