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
nguyenpeter76
oh gosh!! blizzard is coming back with brute force! cant wait for sc2 and d3 to come out. definately will upgrade graphics card to play this at max and 1680x1050
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#2
Basard
its almost exactly how i imagined.... i heard, and started running down the streets screaming "diablo 3 is here!" with tears pouring out of my eyes....
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#4
nguyenpeter76
im watching the gameplay. so frigin awesome i might have to say. witch doctor looks to be a fun char x] barbarian will be fun as well. i final fight scene was awesome. i was like HOLY CRAP when the boss came out haha. cant wait to see how diablo looks like now.
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#6
nguyenpeter76
i think i may play d2 again now x] i wonder when this game is going to be released. i wouldnt mind it taking awhile as long as sc2 comes out way before it does so i wont have the hard choice of picking which game to play besides socom confrontation on ps3 x]
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#7
Triprift
The latest i heard was sc2 aint gonna be out this year read that yesterday :/
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#8
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
No wonder. The gaming world loves both Diablo and StarCraft. They wouldn't want SC2 to come out when everyone is beginning to get doped with Diablo III.
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#9
Cold Storm
Battosai
If Blizzard, and it seems like it with maybe the dates... Starcraft will be out before or right after Christmas, and 6 months later Diablo 3 will come out on their ana. date... With TONS of things for all the fans that have been waiting on this title!

I remeber when War Craft 3 Came out... I went out and bought the deluxe edition, with the other two games, a dvd of the making, lithographs of all the classes crests, and fat manual for the game with story and everything! Best $80 dollars I spent on a launch!
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#10
Mussels
Moderprator
by: ChaoticBlankness
This will be awesome as long as battlenet remains free, and LAN play must still be an option.
^ everything he said. as long as those are in, i am buying this game... and forcing many others to, as well.
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#11
Millenia
by: Ravenas
Just started? The game has been in developement since at the least the beginning of the development of World of Warcraft.
Exactly, there's some concept stuff on the site that is dated 2004.
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#12
Mussels
Moderprator
diablo 2 was the only game i ever got addicted to. 6 hours a day counts as addiction i think...
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#13
Triprift
by: Mussels
^ everything he said. as long as those are in, i am buying this game... and forcing many others to, as well.
Lol ya woudnt have to force me after checking out the gameplay trailer im mega impressed :respect:
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#14
Mussels
Moderprator
by: Triprift
Lol ya woudnt have to force me after checking out the gameplay trailer im mega impressed :respect:
trailers still downloading here. seen the cinematic, which is definitely impressive...

diablo and diablo II's biggest joy was the coop lan play. all too often, you'd get stuck or have difficulty (especially on hell difficulty) due to opponents that just outclassed your character type - and having a friend (or three) join in to kick everythings ass was great.

The only reason i still dont play it is technical: 800x600 makes me die inside (expansion added that) and i recall problems with AA and AF not working, making it very hard to make the game look better.
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#15
scoutingwraith
Now let me see.....Diablo III + StarCraft 2 = No social life for a year or so.

:D
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#16
Exavier
oh
words cannot express my joy

and check out the giant Tyrael on the DIII main page
now THAT's sexy.

:):):):):)
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#17
JC316
Knows what makes you tick
OK, my faith is being restored in Blizzard. This and Starcraft 2, I can't wait. It's blizzard damnit, it's going to be awesome, but it's blizzard damnit, it's going to take forever.
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#18
Triprift
by: scoutingwraith
Now let me see.....Diablo III + StarCraft 2 = No social life for a year or so.

:D
Yep that sounds about right :D hopefully the minimum specs for these are a bit exagerated.
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#19
Mussels
Moderprator
by: Triprift
Yep that sounds about right :D hopefully the minimum specs for these are a bit exagerated.
i didnt actually notice the specs, care to repost them here?
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#20
Triprift
The min specs i seen was for sc2 and they were 7 series card with 256 meg p4 with 1 gig of ram and adsl for online with rec specs being 8 series with 512 meg core2 duo 2 gig of ram and adsl connection i assume diablo 3 will be similar.
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#21
JC316
Knows what makes you tick
by: Triprift
The min specs i seen was for sc2 and they were 7 series card with 256 meg p4 with 1 gig of ram and adsl for online with rec specs being 8 series with 512 meg core2 duo 2 gig of ram and adsl connection i assume diablo 3 will be similar.
Seems kinda harsh, considering that they don't look all that advanced. Hell, thats damn near what Crysis recommends and it looks WAY better than either D3 or SC2.
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#22
Mussels
Moderprator
yeah but blizzards minimum actually gives you a good FPS. Crysis minimum gives you 5FPS.

Looking at it in terms of power, a 256MB 7 series card (7600GT for example) is really nothing, power wise by todays standards.

P4 with HT (2.4GHz+?)
7600GT 256MB
1GB system ram (XP)

If people think thats high... well, its not. you can get a basic core 2 system with a 2600xt for under $600 au (no peripherals or screen, but TV out or an old system can save you there)
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#23
scoutingwraith
by: Mussels
yeah but blizzards minimum actually gives you a good FPS. Crysis minimum gives you 5FPS.

Looking at it in terms of power, a 256MB 7 series card (7600GT for example) is really nothing, power wise by todays standards.

P4 with HT (2.4GHz+?)
7600GT 256MB
1GB system ram (XP)

If people think thats high... well, its not. you can get a basic core 2 system with a 2600xt for under $600 au (no peripherals or screen, but TV out or an old system can save you there)
Actually for $750 you can build a C2D system complete with a case.

And yeah the Min. Specs that Blizzard showed are not that bad since they usually have it right went it comes to that area.
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#24
Triprift
by: Mussels
yeah but blizzards minimum actually gives you a good FPS. Crysis minimum gives you 5FPS.
Lol yeah that sounds about right :toast:
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#25
Mussels
Moderprator
by: scoutingwraith
Actually for $750 you can build a C2D system complete with a case.

And yeah the Min. Specs that Blizzard showed are not that bad since they usually have it right went it comes to that area.
my prices were in AU, not US. and i did mean case inclusive, i meant no mouse/keyboard/screen.
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