It's True: Diablo III Unveiled

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News Posted: Sat, Jun 28 2008 9:08 AM

It's true! It had been widely anticipated that Blizzard was set to announced Diablo III at WWI, and on Saturday it happened. Naturally, Blizzard is tight-lipped about a release date, but based on the amount of time they've been working on Starcraft II, it's no time soon.



Blizzard's already set up an official site (linked). Go there to see (and hear):


  • The cinematic teaser trailer shown at the 2008 Worldwide Invitational
  • A 20-minute gameplay demo video
  • More than 60 screenshots and pieces of concept art
    Deckard Cain's journal, narrated by Deckard Cain himself
  • And much, much more

Watch the teaser trailer:




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agawtrip replied on Sat, Jun 28 2008 9:48 AM
where's the link??

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Marco C replied on Sat, Jun 28 2008 11:28 AM
The Blizzard link at the bottom, left...very cool...

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Never played the first two, but as a StarCraft fan who waited a long time for SCII, I can sympathize with Diablo fans who have been waiting almost as long for this. So good for them. :-)

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Iria replied on Sat, Jun 28 2008 1:42 PM
Thing is, how long has it been since they announced SC2? Based on the "leaked" release dates via retailers it'll be 18 months before SC2 comes out, vs. the announcement.

My prob? I play both SC and Diablo!
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Volatile replied on Sat, Jun 28 2008 2:21 PM
Is it just me, or does the footage they've shown seen a bit like a mash up of Diablo and Gauntlet? Not that that's a bad thing, granted, both games were addictive, but I couldn't shake that feeling throughout watching the gameplay demo.

I just wish they had gone with a grittier look, don't much care for the cartoony WoW crap, but if graphics are the only problem with the game, I'll more than happily stomach them.
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I was surprised, really, the figure in the icefield didn't resemble Diablo to me. I suppose it was something to say "hell has frozen over", but also probably to confuse with WotLK. Either way, I'm excited. It looks great, and indeed, it has been a long, long time. I hope they've improved the controls a bit though, was never big on the clickfest.

The full splash unveiling!

 

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I think it's enough to make me replay 1 and 2, can't wait for that to be released.

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replied on Wed, Jul 2 2008 11:59 AM
I wish with the billion's blizzard has made now that they would push for higher end graphics. A new game engine once every 10 years isnt asking much. And I know graphics doesnt = gameplay but i am one of those people who like eye candy.
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I couldn't agree more, about the eye candy that is. I am a sucker for a pretty game, then sometimes I get stuck with a crappy game that looks great!

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I'm kind of digging the D3 look. Blizzard's graphics have always been about style over state of the art, and if that means more people with slightly older computers can enjoy the game too, then all the better.

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FSeven replied on Mon, Jul 7 2008 4:39 AM

Yeah penguin, seems they went a new direction and adopted the WoW style. I remember at first everyone criticized WoW's art, saying that EQ2 was far more advanced but we all know the end result of that competition. Wink

I reinstalled D2 after getting excited about D3 but it is HARD playing at either 800x600 or in windowed mode on 1680 x 1050 resolution.

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Haha, yeah, it is. I've been replaying with some friends, and we have trouble getting past the second act without getting bored. I don't think it's just the graphics that have aged though, since there are plenty of games that are 10+ years old I still enjoy playing.

I see what people mean when they say D3 has a WoW style, since it is no longer quite so GRIM and DARK, but again, I think that's a good thing. People are always complaining that nextgen games have no colours, and, well, here they are! It looks really nice, and I think the fans will see, it still maintains a serious tone.

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Never played a Diablo game before, but would like to try D3.

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FSeven replied on Tue, Jul 8 2008 5:08 AM

If you get the chance recovering, check out the new Diablo 3 page and read up on the lore from the first two games. It's one of the few multi-sequel games with a good storyline.

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RyuGTX replied on Fri, Jul 18 2008 12:30 PM

I'm very excited. I hope it is free to play online.

 

Witch doctor class seems interesting but it really isn't my playing style. I wonder what other new character classes they will introduce.

 

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Licmaey replied on Thu, Jul 24 2008 1:27 AM

Yes very excited and hope it can be free to play online.

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