Next Diablo 3 Class Will Anger Fans, Says Blizzard

By Nick Breckon, Sep 16, 2008 12:00pm PDT Diablo III lead designer Jay Wilson has predicted that some fans will inevitably take exception to the next class his team will announce, while adding that the swapping of classes is necessary to establish the game's "identity."

"All the Barbarian players are delighted and all the Necromancers hate us. I understand, I don't begrudge them that," said Wilson to "I would hate me too! But what I would say is that when we announce the next class, which is quite similar to a previous class, then all those players will hate us too."

Blizzard has already confirmed that the Barbarian will be the only class to return from Diablo or Diablo II. The announced Witch Doctor class is largely seen as a replacement of Diablo II's Necromancer.

"You can't make everybody happy," continued Wilson, "but I think when the game finally come out players will find there's a good class for them, one they will love as much as the ones that came before. And if they don't, I absolutely promise that in the expansions we'll consider bringing back old classes. We just don't want to do it with the first release. We want to establish our identity."

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  • the only problems i have with barbarian / witch doctor is that they've basically narrowed down the next set of definable "new classes". allow me to elaborate:

    it seems they have backed themselves into a corner by bringing back the barbarian and "witch doctor" (dont insult my intelligence, thats a goddamn necro).

    with death magic / melee now covered, the next logical class set would be a ranged attack class, and an offensive spell caster -- which is basically a rehash of rogue / amazon & sorc.

    the last class might be a support class. healer? buffer / enchanter? having wiggle room for only one class (5 at original release) seems a bit unblizzard-like

    if they had abandoned the barbarian / witch doctor they might have been able to create interesting class choices instead of a rehash of the old classes with new names (think d&d --> monk no weapons, warlock-type class). im sure they can be more creative than me.

    it is kind of depressing to see the barbarian come back because it was oh so boring back in 2002.