Interview: Diablo 3 designer Leonard Boyarsky

Shacknews presents a video interview with Diablo 3 senior world designer Leonard Boyarsky, edited over nearly ten minutes of in-game footage.


After spending time playing Diablo 3 and uncovering a few of its darkest secrets, Shacknews boss Garnett Lee spoke with Leonard Boyarsky, senior world designer on the project.

In a video interview, Boyarsky explains his hopes for the project, thoughts on the world, and differences between Diablo 3 and other games in the franchise. While listening to Boyarsky speak, you can watch ten minutes of gameplay footage of the upcoming game. For more Diablo 3, read our hands-on preview from yesterday.

Xav de Matos was previously a games journalist creating content at Shacknews.

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    August 2, 2011 10:00 AM

    Xav de Matos posted a new article, Interview: Diablo 3 designer Leonard Boyarsky.

    Shacknews presents a video interview with Diablo 3 senior world designer Leonard Boyarsky, edited over nearly ten minutes of in-game footage.

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      August 2, 2011 10:15 AM


      For whatever reason, its easier for me to listen to interviews while watching background videos... I always stop podcasts a few minutes in and do something else.

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        August 2, 2011 10:24 AM

        True dat!

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        August 2, 2011 11:08 AM

        We wanted to try interviews out this way. Thought it might be more entertaining.

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        August 2, 2011 11:17 AM

        On the other hand, I found myself more busy watching the video rather than actually listening to what was being said.

        Any chance of having a transcribed version, as well?

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          August 2, 2011 1:03 PM

          In the future, we'll plan to add some transcription along with the video.

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        August 2, 2011 11:27 AM

        Conversely, I don't watch videos at work so I prefer text. Any juicy details to summarize?

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          August 2, 2011 11:41 AM

          Oh, I always prefer text too. As for juicy details: not really, Leonard is just talking about whatever comes to mind it seems. fun, but not really a big deal.

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          August 2, 2011 4:27 PM

          I prefer both video and text. If i'm at home i'll listen to the interview in the background. If i'm at work i'll read the text.

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          August 2, 2011 9:58 PM

          He mentioned some interesting details about the way in which the story is presented. It sounds like they're trying to keep the game flowing while elements of the story play out. Seems like a good idea to me. What if you're a newcomer to the game and you care about the story, but you're playing through it with your twitchy and impatient friend? He's not going to want to wait around for minutes at a time while you read through lore dialog. My friends kind of killed Diablo 2 for me because by the time I tried playing it with them, they had already been through the game 1000 times and were only still playing it for the loot grind. Following them around, I never got any opportunities to take in the atmosphere, learn the story, experiment with different loot setups, of figure anything out for myself. It was just run there, kill that, collect shinies...pretty boring. Hopefully Diablo 3 manages to keep things rolling along without allowing the experience to become a soulless loot treadmill.

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      August 2, 2011 7:40 PM

      Sooo, where are all the boycotters?
      Out there still whining about the art design??? Oh, wait now it's "always online sucks"
      D3 looks great, and whilst Blizzards other offerings leave me cold, I am looking forward to this one!

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      August 2, 2011 9:09 PM

      I didn't know Leonard Boyarsky was at Blizzard. I wondered what happened to him after Troika went away. RIP :(

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      August 2, 2011 9:20 PM

      Fucking age gates...

      The only thing that I can adjust is the month. Day and Year don't have any entries, and as such cant be changed. Its probably this stupid computer at work, but it still sucks.

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      August 2, 2011 10:14 PM

      10 minutes of gameplay video in a video that is 7:27 long? GO COMPRESSION!

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      August 2, 2011 10:41 PM

      i already saw this gameplay video unfortunately. :(

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