Saturday, June 28th 2008

Blizzard Presents Diablo III

Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today revealed Diablo III, the newest entry in its critically acclaimed action role-playing-game franchise. The announcement was made during the 2008 Blizzard Entertainment Worldwide Invitational at the Porte de Versailles Convention Centre in Paris, France. A cinematic trailer and an extended gameplay demonstration with commentary from the development team introduced the game to the thousands of players in attendance.

"We've wanted to expand on the epic story and gameplay elements of the Diablo universe for some time now," stated Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "We know that players have also been long awaiting a return to the series, so we're very excited to be sharing this announcement with Blizzard gamers here in Paris and around the world today."

Diablo III will pick up the story twenty years after the events of Diablo II. Mephisto, Diablo, and Baal have been defeated, but the Worldstone, which once shielded the inhabitants of the world of Sanctuary from the forces of both the High Heavens and the Burning Hells, has been destroyed, and evil once again stirs in Tristram. Playing as a hero from one of five distinct character classes, players will acquire powerful items, spells, and abilities as they explore new and familiar areas of Sanctuary and battle hordes of demons to safeguard the world from the horrors that have arisen. The first two characters classes -- the barbarian and the witch doctor -- were shown as part of the announcement at the event today in Paris.

Diablo III will feature a custom 3D-graphics engine to render lush indoor and outdoor areas of Sanctuary with a high level of detail and vivid special effects. The game's physics-enhanced environments will be interactive and destructible, offering traps and obstacles that create added danger for players and monsters alike. These elements, along with a new quest system and random scripted events, will be integrated into the game's random-level generator, giving Diablo III the ultimate combination of dynamic gameplay and replayability. Cooperative and competitive play will be available online through an upgraded version of Blizzard Entertainment's renowned online gaming service, Battle.net.

Blizzard Entertainment is developing Diablo III for simultaneous release on the Windows and Macintosh PC platforms. Further information about the game, including details on the other character classes, major new features for the single-player and multiplayer components, system requirements, pricing, and availability, will be announced as development progresses.


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75 Comments on Blizzard Presents Diablo III

#1
HTC
by: DonInKansas
Diablo II was also released in 2000, with LoD reseased in 2001. That's a loooooong time ago, tech wise.
Totally true.
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#2
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Thanks for this. I cant wait to check it out and see what the graphics and such looks like. Diablo 2 was the shit!
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#3
Cold Storm
Battosai
Because of the site being blogged by everyone tying to look at it... IGN is doing a good set-up for it all..
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#4
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Thanks CS, I'll put it up in the header posts.
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#5
ASharp
Blizzard is amazing. Can't wait for SC2 and D3!!!
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#6
Cold Storm
Battosai
by: btarunr
Thanks CS, I'll put it up in the header posts.
No problem. I was able to watch everything at their site... But now its gotten so blogged...IGN is my second site to visit a day. :rockout:
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#8
AsRock
TPU addict
by: HTC
The highest resolution in DII is 800 by 600.

If they increase it to only ... say ... 1024 by 768, it will be a disapointment, IMHO.
Not just a disappointment, it would be stupid due to the fact of a hell load of people having LCD's. I doubt for even a second it be res limited. I would of thought it would go 1600x1200 at least.
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#9
HTC
by: AsRock
Not just a disappointment, it would be stupid due to the fact of a hell load of people having LCD's. I doubt for even a second it be res limited. I would of thought it would go 1600x1200 at least.
I wouldn't go that far because there a LOT of monitors that are incapable of that resolution, but i would expect that resolution to be available and, hopefully, an even higher one as well.
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#10
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
It would seem illogical for them to not include 4:3 and widescreen resolutions all the way up to 2560x1600.
But, you never know.
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#11
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
blizzard is smart. just by looking at the graphics you know that the game will play very well on all systems from slow and old to fast and new. the graphics are nice and simple IMO and that really stays with the tradition of the diablo series and really all blizzard games. blizzard spends more time on actual gameplay and improving the overall story and environment than on graphics and cheap thrills. more companies should take this approach.
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#12
HTC
by: Easy Rhino
blizzard is smart. just by looking at the graphics you know that the game will play very well on all systems from slow and old to fast and new. the graphics are nice and simple IMO and that really stays with the tradition of the diablo series and really all blizzard games. blizzard spends more time on actual gameplay and improving the overall story and environment than on graphics and cheap thrills. more companies should take this approach.
Agree, totally!
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#14
PrudentPrincess
Related:
I'm so pumped up! Did anyone else here know out about the leaked soundtrack back in 2005/6? Someone from the orchestra submitted a pic of one page of sheet music for the theme. Since then I've always had hope.
Unrelated:
btarunr someone stole your stars!
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#15
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
by: Ravenas
:)
Ravenas, single word and smiley only posts are against forum rules.
Please try to refrain from posting in that manner.

On topic : I am looking forward to D3. I have the feeling it's going to be spectacular.
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#16
Selene
all i can say is WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
How about the best 2 games in the world coming out back to back, SC and Diablo3, I dont even care if D3 is pay to play im all over this, welcome back "GOOD OLE DAYS"
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#17
CStylen
I totally fell outta my seat when I saw this! Can't wait to play this game!

Can someone rush me for forge? :roll:
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#18
Ravenas
by: Kreij
Ravenas, single word and smiley only posts are against forum rules.
Please try to refrain from posting in that manner.

On topic : I am looking forward to D3. I have the feeling it's going to be spectacular.
I think that smiley face did everything I needed to say. Mainly because I've already created a thread on this, and this is more of a repost :p

Your post actually went more off topic than mine.
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#19
mab1376
by: ChaoticBlankness
This will be awesome as long as battlenet remains free, and LAN play must still be an option.
i second that
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#21
miloshs
Why oh, why, does it have to look this awesome....
FFS im still playing D2, and i don't mind the graphics...

And now...
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#22
Cold Storm
Battosai
by: Xolair
I've got to ''nag'' a bit about the graphical style though:

http://img110.imageshack.us/img110/1681/1214657022122wu5oq6.jpg

That kind of visual changes certainly would make the game more Diablo and less WoW. :D
Just think... It just started... Who know whats this game is going to look like come when they sell it! And I'm hoping that its June 29th of next year!!! I do want it closer, but every other Diablo game came out June 28/29th..
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#23
Ravenas
by: Cold Storm
Just think... It just started... Who know whats this game is going to look like come when they sell it! And I'm hoping that its June 29th of next year!!! I do want it closer, but every other Diablo game came out June 28/29th..
Just started? The game has been in developement since at the least the beginning of the development of World of Warcraft.
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#24
Cold Storm
Battosai
by: Ravenas
Just started? The game has been in developement since at the least the beginning of the development of World of Warcraft.
I mean as the fact of allowing us to see the game itself...
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