The Diablo III Announcement, Game Footage

Diablo III has been announced at the Blizzard World Wide Invitational in Paris. What we know so far, as well as some early screenshots and the gameplay trailer, can be seen below the cut.

Okay, that looks like fun. The exploding worm dude is nasty.

”Diablo III is first and foremost a co-operative game,” that’s the message from Blizzard. They’re not expecting you to play this on your own, so we’re looking at plenty of online options for slashing our way through those dungeons. The campaign is said to be of a similar length to that of Diablo II, with NPCs and story events taking place within the game world. The campaign will apparently feature a mixture of both randomly generated and hand-made static dungeons.

Diablo III is going to be delivered in a brand new, “real-physics” 3D engine developed by Blizzard. The game is so far confirmed for PC and Mac, and Blizzard have “no plans” at present to become console developers. It’s going to be supported by the revised version of Battlenet, which will go live with Starcraft II later this year.

PvP featured are “planned” but there’s no information on them so far, and the same goes for trading items.

Barbarian and Witchdoctor classes have been seen so far, so that’s fighter and summoner-wizard-shaman-type fantasy archetypes covered…

The release date is “when it’s done”, but it’s traditional for announcement-to-release to be just under a year for Blizzard games, so we’re looking at having it in time for Christmas 2009. The title has already been in development for four years, so that’s looking like a fairly realistic guess.

EDIT: The Diablo III website has just gone up with a load of stuff.

104 Comments

  1. luphisto says:

    @ polar
    I fail to see your point… The fact that blizzard use a standardised marketing and publicity campaign seems completely logical to me. and the fact that the outdoor section shown being “identical” to SC II is also a rather pointless observation, its like comparing half life 2 and portal because they use some of the same textures.

    cant wait for more infomations

  2. Cruzer says:

    Diablo 3, bad or good, I don’t care. I’ll play it..

  3. Noname says:

    I remember this monsters… Ive seen these creatures: undead and monsters, from God of war: chain of olympus… ^_^ Haha. I hope new “not easy to kill Big Bosses” will be added…

  4. Dave says:

    The only blind people are the idiots who can’t see the similarities between WoW and Diablo 3.

    Just look at the models. Over-exaggerated cartoons. Just like WoW.

    And, guess what? The WoW team made Diablo 3, after scrapping what the original Diablo team had made before leaving Blizzard.

    Sorry, the WoW team are a bunch of one trick ponies. “Oh, Diablo 3… what shall we do? I know, make it look just like our other games, and break continuity with the original series.” “Brilliant.”

    Oh, and they scrapped Starcraft 2’s crappy art and made it better after fan complaints. But for Diablo 3 all the real fans (I’ve been playing Diablo 1 since it came out, and I still play it) get a big “screw you” from Blizzrd.

    Oh well, money talks. Won’t be buying this cartoonified piece of trash.