Blizzard Plans Region Edits for Diablo 3

Anyone that's seen Diablo III footage knows that Blizzard's putting a little blood in the action-RPG sequel. All of that viscera will likely lead Blizzard to edit the game for certain international regions, according to lead designer Jay Wilson. nope "Definitely for regions like Germany and Australia, we will have to change blood if we're going to sell there," said Wilson to Wired. "And that's fine. Those are the standards for those regions, and we don't really have a problem with catering to what they need and what they want."

Blizzard has been willing to cater its games to meet the guidelines for more conservative international regions. During the transition of World of Warcraft to new Chinese operator NetEase, the game saw numerous edits following a mandate by the Chinese government.

"With our relationship with NetEase, we recently got new information about what China really wants, and it's a lengthy list," added Wilson of bringing Diablo III to the country. "It's really hard for us to cater to. We'll try. There's no reason we wouldn't want to go there, but there is a certain point where we'd have to redo so much of the game that it's not viable anymore."