26 Comments

  1. Lemming says:

    Cool beans.

  2. FhnuZoag says:

    Wow, very LotR-inspired.

  3. Freeid says:

    Well…there goes another year of my life, Blizzard already owes me for 98….

    Cant wait!

  4. Mechtroid says:

    …Well, now I’ve got 5 games I can’t wait for.

  5. Alejandro says:

    I’m gonna quit my job..

  6. sluz says:

    LotR enviro… final fantasy dragon and zelda characterization. mashup.

  7. The Hammer says:

    Wooooo!

    Cannot wait to play this.

  8. Albides says:

    Blizzard wins the game for making games. Seriously. Next will be Warcraft 4 and then there’ll be some other games in other genres, all of them polished to a shiny perfection, and no one will want to play anything except games by Blizzard and the few that don’t can’t fault them either because they do it so classily and unassumingly that jesus, I don’t know where I’m going with this but I need another drink…

    Seriously, I’m excited about this, though. I enjoyed the Diablos and even enjoyed Titan Quest, but my patience for these sorts of games has grown shorter as I’ve gotten older. But if there’s one company likely to re-engage my interest and keep it till the very end, it’s Blizzard. Can’t wait to see some gameplay footage.

    Edit: As for the comments on the LotR enviro… doesn’t seem all that different to the Diablo II expansion, does it?

  9. Gloinn says:

    There’s gameplay up on the official site.

    It is awesome to the max:

    link to eu.blizzard.com

  10. garren says:

    Am I the only one that thinks the trailer was lackluster? I mean, I really dislike the “tender but strongwilled woman” voice Blizzard seems to put in their every trailer nowadays. Shots were decent but nothing out of the ordinary, with the basic few action shots in the end. And the “I don’t think it’s safe here”, wtf? Ugh, that sounded horrible. The actress tries too hard or something.

  11. rob says:

    I liked the music (:

  12. rei says:

    That wailing really grates on my ears. The WWI opening ceremony had exactly the same stuff, in particular the new mix of the Tristram track… I really really hope the ululating lady isn’t all over the D3 soundtrack; I’m sure the new composer thinks it’s all very mysterious and all but it’s not, it’s just annoying.

    Can I say bring back Matt Uelmen?

    EDIT: Sheesh, just looked at the gameplay stuff and what do you know, wails-galore.

  13. Thiefsie says:

    Questions: Is it pay for play? Is it randomly generated landscape? how many players at once?

    Once those are answered to my satisfaction then a mybegin slobbering.

  14. runningwthszzors says:

    I’m honestly so impressed with Blizzard’s CG. It looked amazing for Starcraft, Diablo 2, and it looks like its getting even better. The artwork is really pretty, though it is lacking some of the grit that made the first Diablo so atmospheric. I guess we’re not in the dark ages anymore.

  15. Ging says:

    Why would they change the model for the third in the series in terms of pay to play?

    From the gameplay vid, it looks like 4 players at once – but obviously, there may be more.

  16. Zed says:

    Why would they change the model for the third in the series in terms of pay to play?

    Because they’ll make a double metric giga-fuckton of money?

  17. Al3xand3r says:

    Well, single player is still in, it remains to be seen to what extent they limit the multiplayer for non paying customers. I mean, they charged for stupid features in Hellgate London, I’m sure Blizzard will do a better job but I can’t see the fee being obligatory for all customers, even if the majority would be willing to pay. I may be willing to pay if the features are significant and fun enough to me but I may not even buy it on principle alone if they charge for basic coop with friends over TCP or whatever. Unless it’s very cheap like $5/month which would be 3.5 euros for me and if all my friends buy it and rave about its greatness, heh…

    As for the other questions, the previous thread mentions a mix of static and generated layouts for the areas so that’s a good compromise I guess, so long as the generated aren’t just lower end optional stuff but can offer their own grand challenges and appropriate rewards.

    Basically imagine just going to a chapel’s basement and going through something as epic as the whole first Diablo, all generated, with a badass dungeon boss like say, the butcher level. But the way to there was through a static layout ruined city area like D2. Or something. That’d be neat.

  18. sigma83 says:

    ‘Because they’ll make a double metric giga-fuckton of money?’

    And alienate customers. Their reputation is worth more than anything they could potentially make off any title.

    As to randomly generated landscapes, I hope they do have them (apart from set piece areas of course) even though doing so is difficult with 3D terrain. But imagine if they pulled off a system robust enough to actually handle it. The game would rock so hard.

  19. woody says:

    Cave Story rip off.

  20. Mr. Fax Sender says:

    Lord of the Rings, anyone?

  21. Larington says:

    I think thats the voice actress for Imoen of Baldurs Gate fame.

  22. Boris says:

    Their reputation? This is the same company that used to steal code from Westwood studios. I think it depends on what part of their reputation you want to look at. Their reputation for putting out fun games or their reputation for honest and fair dealings.

  23. das says:

    would really really like to see the game play, the cine are cool, might as well be lotr

  24. Fazer says:

    Then why don’t you go to Diablo 3 website? There is a 20-minute-long gameplay video.

  25. McCool says:

    Am I the only one that could barely watch all of that, out of cringing? “LOTR Inspired” doesn’t cut it. That would be an apt trailer for Limbo Of The Lost.
    Honestly, could you imagine a more generic, cliched trailer? Kinda fitting, I guess.

  26. Bongob says:

    Stop the Fake-Arabic musical soundtracks used to denote global evil. Stop them now.

    Pentatonic breathey ney flute?
    Check.

    Clangy-twangy Arabic oud lute?
    Check.

    Boing-and-tripletty Udu and Darbouka percussion arrangement?
    Check.

    Ululating/yearning/moaning female vocal?
    Full house!

    They didn’t make much sense in Gladiator.
    They made no sense at all in Blackhawk Down.
    They made decreasing sense in CoD4.

    But now in Khanduras as well? We must fight. We must stop these soundtracks marching across the world. We must fight them before no other forms of soundtrack are permitted.

    Wildly excited about the game itself, and awash with admiration for Blizzard in general, but wtf?