Diablo 3 Class, Story and Gameplay Details

By Nick Breckon, Jun 30, 2008 2:12pm PDT After weeks of speculation, Blizzard has officially announced Diablo III at its World Wide Invitational event in Paris.

Said to feature more quests than ever, the anticipated sequel will stick to its roots by being "first and foremost a cooperative game."

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Diablo III will feature old standards such as the quotable Deckard Cain, as well as a new version of Tristram and a fresh class dubbed the Witch Doctor. The jungle-born warrior will use ancient tribal magic to cast disease and mind control spells, in addition to utilizing pets such as locust swarms and mongrels.

The game will also include several control improvements, including full zoom capability and a hotbar to easily access skills. Players will be able to quickswap between skills using the mouse wheel or tab key.

Armor will now be class-specific, designed to provide each character a unique look. Classes themselves are more diverse, as it was noted that there will be female versions of both the Barbarian and Witch Doctor.

In a demo of the Barbarian class, the company noted that less of an emphasis will be placed on potions for health. Instead, red orb-like items will drop that immediately recover health once the player picks them up.

Environmental destruction was also shown off, with a character at one point busting through a solid wall. The environment can also be used to kill enemies, as in the case of objects that fell from a wall, killing a group of monsters.

Enemies were shown to be larger in scale than in past games, with giant evil trees and a massive demon called a Siegebreaker.

Blizzard has released a set of official features and a story description, which can now be conveniently viewed below the fold:

Two decades have passed since the demonic denizens, Diablo, Mephisto, and Baal, wandered the world of Sanctuary in a vicious rampage to shackle humanity into unholy slavery. Yet for those who battled the Prime Evils directly, the memory fades slowly and the wounds of the soul still burn.

When Deckard Cain returns to the ruins of Tristram's Cathedral seeking clues to new stirrings of evil, a comet from the heavens strikes the very ground where Diablo once entered the world. The comet carries a dark omen in its fiery being and it calls the heroes of Sanctuary to defend the mortal world against the rising powers of the Burning Hells--and even the failing luminaries of the High Heavens itself.

  • Explore a fully-realized Sanctuary--the living, breathing gothic fantasy world of Diablo III rendered in gorgeous 3D.
  • Battle the unholy forces of the Burning Hells with all-new character classes like the otherworldly Witch Doctor, or with re-imagined warriors from Diablo's past: such as the fierce Barbarian.
  • Rain Hell on your enemies wielding the interactive environment as a weapon: lay cunning traps, turn destructible objects against your foes, and use environmental obstacles to your advantage--all powered by the Havoc physics system.
  • Experience the intensity of multiplayer Diablo III over an all-new, wickedly-enhanced Battle.net platform with numerous enhancements to make connecting with your friends easier--and cooperative gameplay more fun.

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  • Diablo 2 n00b question.
    So I am creating a new character, and it appears that I can either create a singleplayer character or a battle.net character. If I create a battle.net character, can I still just play through the story by myself sometimes, and with other people sometimes? And if I just create a singleplayer character I can't take it online then?

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    • If you create a single player charactor it can be played solo on your computer or multi in open battlenet only. If you want to play on regular battlenet your charactor is stored on Blizzard's servers and you cannot access it or hack it. If you play single player online on open battlenet you can play with others but most people have hacked items and once you get those on your charactor it will basically be corruptl. If you play open battlenet with friends who do not introduce unrealistic hacked items its like regular battlenet.

      On battlenet you also have option to play hardcore or softcore and ladder and non ladder. If you play hardcore when you die your charactor is dead forever and you loose anything it had unless you have friend playing that is in same game with you and has ok to loot ability on so he can retrieve anything your charactor is wearing when he dies. He cannot save anything in the trunk so you should mule those items before big battles.

      Best to play softcore first so you get good at it before playing hardcore. Battlenet ladder has a few runewords you can make that you can't on non-ladder and non-ladder is what ladder becomes when they reset the ladder about every year or so. Nowdays the servers are pretty dead so you won't find many ladder resets.

      Great game even if you play solo and searching area's most people don't will give you more enjoyment then sitting in games just to level up like baal runs. Avoid rushing charactors if your new its not going to be fun doing that.

      Best to play in "Normal" until your about level 40
      "Nightmare" until your 75
      "Hell" 76 and above

      If you end up against Baal in a game before you at the levels above then make sure you are not joined to a group that kills Baal if the quest is still available in that game or you will end up in the next level ie:Nightmare/Hell whatever... Nothing worse then being in Nightmare game being a level 25