BlizzCon '09: Blizzard Talks Diablo III In Q&A Session

BlizzCon '09: Blizzard Talks Diablo III In Q&A Session

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Where's the Paladin? Is there going to be a cow level? Key members of Blizzard's Diablo III team took fan questions in a Q&A session today, and, believe it or not, there were productive results.

It's just a feeling, but the impression I'm getting from the way Blizzard's talking about Diablo III, this game isn't coming out for a long time. Not next year for sure, maybe not even the year after that. How hard can it be to make a game where you just click things and get loot? I'm not going to try to say that it's easy - that there's a lot to consider was made clear enough during the Q&A session Blizzard held with fans this morning at BlizzCon.

Unlike the "QQ&A" sessions for certain other Blizzard games out there, there was actually quite a bit of interesting information that came out of reasonably sensible questions here. Some of the highlights follow:

What's the deal with Diablo III's PvP? Lead game designer Jay Wilson was conclusive when he said that Diablo III won't support an option to "go hostile" at any time in Diablo III, since it works against players working together, which is what Blizzard wants. That being said, Wilson said that Diablo III will "support PvP better than any of the other previous products did."

How will Diablo III work with the new Battle.net? Blizzard's mostly working on Battle.net as it relates to StarCraft II right now, so there will be some time until they can actually start thinking about how it relates to Diablo in too much detal, Wilson said. He did say later that most of the main features you see in SC2 - IM, party play, etc - should be present in Diablo>. Yeah, this game's not coming out until 2013.

Will The Monk be able to do Ryu-style Hadokens? Don't rule it out.

Will Necromancers show up? Blizzard here seemed to offhandedly imply that Necromancers won't be a playable class, which I think most of us have figured by now anyway. That doesn't mean there won't be Necromancers in the game, though. They may very well show up in the game's world, as part of the story.

Will Paladins show up? Similar answer to the Necromancer question. Blizzard says that they're trying out the idea of making characters you played as in previous games into story characters in this game. So your D2 Paladin might show up in Diablo III. However, there might be more to it than that. Blizzard has "long term plans" for Pallies, Wilson added, saying that "stuff is going to happen."

Will there be Hardcore Mode?: "We definitely want to do Hardcore again," Wilson said, calling the permadeath mode the "only way to play, right?" The team doesn't have any specific ideas about how to do it yet, though.

Are there plans to support UI add-ons?: Your user interface can be customized to your heart's content in WoW, but Diablo isn't the same game. Blizzard has no plans to support add-ons for Diablo.

"We feel very strongly what makes Diablo works is simplicity - simplicity of controls and UI design," Wilson said. "UI mods are wonderful things but they vastly change the simplicity of controls and user interface...we don't want to do that with Diablo."

Items, Items, Items: Randomly generated items will be the heart of the item system in Diablo III, but unique items with pre-ordained stats will also be prominent, maybe providing one-of-a-kind combinations of stats, properties and gear that could prove useful. There will also be items that are unique to each class (like the Wizard is the only one who can use orbs). These class items will be "cool, signature" items, like huge gnarly axes for Barbarians. They won't be the only items you'll want to carry though - they'll work for different builds, depending.

More Items: Items will be transferable between characters, presumably more user-friendly than making a game, dropping some gear and then logging out and logging back in with a different character. As for how you get items the real way - by killing bosses, specifically - whenever you kill a boss in a party, each player will get his/her own drops, that only he/she can grab (old news but worth saying again). No getting ninja'd or frantically clicking hoping you get the drop.

It all sounds quite promising, but there's a lot of "we're planning on this" or "we're thinking of that" and not much "we're doing this." Oh yeah, and nobody asked, but there is no cow level.

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Please Blizzard I cannot wait 13 years for The sequel to Diablo 2 why can't you be more like Valve with L4D2

As long as they go the old fashioned blizzard way on making a game, and it's not to "Activision" it should be wonderful.

"I'm the lord of terror! Bow down to-wha?!?!?"
Monk- "Hadoken!"
Diablo- "holy! Don't make me fetch Scorpion now, noob!"
Monk- *runs*

Or as you fight Diablo or who/what ever the big bad is as a monk he/she/it turns into Jacky Chan dressed as Chun Lee. Cookies for who ever guesses that last bit.

Xjin:
Or as you fight Diablo or who/what ever the big bad is as a monk he/she/it turns into Jacky Chan dressed as Chun Lee. Cookies for who ever guesses that last bit.

MY EYES!! YOU BROUGHT BACK THE TRAUMA OF THE UNFORGETTABLE SCENE!!

Anyhoo, I really don't know how longer I can wait... 13 years seems a bit long, no?

But the game looks finished..............................

These Blizzcon's are piss poor when it comes to the side games. You already know 80% of whats coming in next year expansion and beyond, but not even half of a game that was unveiled 2/3 years ago.

The "When it's done" policy starts to get silly when they can come up with a different expansion for each convention.

No Necromancer saying 'Forrgggivee meh' = No Danzaivar in Diablo 3.

This is the worst Blizz-con ever.

Xjin:
As long as they go the old fashioned blizzard way on making a game, and it's not to "Activision" it should be wonderful.

"I'm the lord of terror! Bow down to-wha?!?!?"
Monk- "Hadoken!"
Diablo- "holy! Don't make me fetch Scorpion now, noob!"
Monk- *runs*

Or as you fight Diablo or who/what ever the big bad is as a monk he/she/it turns into Jacky Chan dressed as Chun Lee. Cookies for who ever guesses that last bit.

City Hunter

I don't supose anyone asked if Blizzard will be taking a more active approach on stamping out hacked and duped items that are bound to show up in Diablo 3?

Ralackk:
I don't supose anyone asked if Blizzard will be taking a more active approach on stamping out hacked and duped items that are bound to show up in Diablo 3?

I remenber getting two Mephistos Stones in Act 3, because I town Portaled to sell stash came back, and the stash I sold was there again and another Mephisto Stone! I was all happy cause I found out a bug that would make me rich without using cheats or something!
But it only happened one. I was sad. : (

I don't like the Idea of getting health from enemies dropping it. I prefer health potions.

oliveira8:

I remenber getting two Mephistos Stones in Act 3, because I town Portaled to sell stash came back, and the stash I sold was there again and another Mephisto Stone! I was all happy cause I found out a bug that would make me rich without using cheats or something!
But it only happened one. I was sad. : (

Thats a bit odd, though I was thinking more like the high end runes being duped, and in earlier versions of the game the soj duping and those stupid ITH weapons that turned up in the game.

Ralackk:
I don't supose anyone asked if Blizzard will be taking a more active approach on stamping out hacked and duped items that are bound to show up in Diablo 3?

I was also wondering more about stuff like that...

Shame...seems to me like Blizzard is still focusing more on WoW than its other franchises...

What, no Cow Level!

Maybe there's a Chicken level . . . .

No Nerco, No Paladin, obviously no LAN (since Blizzard is whoring over that Bnet2 crap)...EEEHH!!!

Seriously now, what else can they fuck up with Diablo 3? This is ridiculous....

Am I the ONLY one who thinks this all sounds awesome?

Why be sad about the necro? The Witch Doctor looks like a fine replacement. The monk looks like a mix between the pally and the assassin.

The original diablo was miles above d2 when judged for what was around at the time, perhaps even regardless of that. I think d3 has recaptured a bit of the soul of d1... and in true diablo fashion it will torture and corrupt the soul into something we all can enjoy.

Well I can't wait for Diablo III.
In fact, I've already found the cow level in it.
... :D

Gerazzi:
Well I can't wait for Diablo III.
In fact, I've already found the cow level in it.
... :D

well i said there is no cow level... yet

I. Want. My. Paladin. >:(

I'm definitely looking forward to this one.

Well, they asked/answered all the questions I didn't give a shit about, how bout the ones that matter...

Q: Is there going to be some improvement on anti-cheating controls so people don't trade a king's ransom for an item that may or may-not disappear with the next patch?

Q: Is Diablo going to stay dead after we kill him for the third time?

Q: Did you learn a lesson in what not to do from Hellgate: London's great failure?.

Q: Are "Set" items making a reappearance, and if so, will you program the random drop chances to give us a hope in hell of ever completing a set without the need for trading with the plethora of crooks and retards that swamp the Battle.Net servers? (Doubly-so important to us single-player types)

Q: Are gems and the Horadric Cube (or something similar) making a reappearance?

And most importantly...
Q: WHEN THE FUCK IS IT COMING OUT. Actual release, after all the pre-planned pushbacks and intentional withholding.

And most importantly...
Q: WHEN THE FUCK IS IT COMING OUT. Actual release, after all the pre-planned pushbacks and intentional withholding.

Soon(TM)

There really needs to be a freaking law. Once you advertise that a game is being made it must be on the self within 12 months of very first announcement. Bastards keep talking about games and telling us it'll be ready when its ready.
Fine then. Stop taking breaks to tell us each tiny little improvement you have made and get back to fething work! -.-;

Khell_Sennet:
Well, they asked/answered all the questions I didn't give a shit about, how bout the ones that matter...

Q: Is there going to be some improvement on anti-cheating controls so people don't trade a king's ransom for an item that may or may-not disappear with the next patch?

Q: Is Diablo going to stay dead after we kill him for the third time?

Q: Did you learn a lesson in what not to do from Hellgate: London's great failure?.

Q: Are "Set" items making a reappearance, and if so, will you program the random drop chances to give us a hope in hell of ever completing a set without the need for trading with the plethora of crooks and retards that swamp the Battle.Net servers? (Doubly-so important to us single-player types)

Q: Are gems and the Horadric Cube (or something similar) making a reappearance?

And most importantly...
Q: WHEN THE FUCK IS IT COMING OUT. Actual release, after all the pre-planned pushbacks and intentional withholding.

You of all people should know the taboo of asking for a release date. Gone are the days of patient gamers, enter now the impatient children have.

SuperFriendBFG:

Khell_Sennet:

And most importantly...
Q: WHEN THE FUCK IS IT COMING OUT. Actual release, after all the pre-planned pushbacks and intentional withholding.

You of all people should know the taboo of asking for a release date. Gone are the days of patient gamers, enter now the impatient children have.

Oh I can be patient. But patience is one of those fickle things. It's easy to sit patiently waiting for something. But to then sit patiently while some dicksmurf dangles the thing in front of your face like a treat, and refuses to give it to you until they decide it's the right time, well that my friend is how faces get punched. It's like holding out a treat for a dog and ordering him to sit, then when he does, you just pocket the treat and walk away.

You want me to be patient for a game, don't fucking advertise or hype it until you are about ready to release it. If Diablo 3 is slated for 2013 or later, as it probably is, why the fuck are they taunting us with it right now?

Hehehehe i saw my friend go on the cow level in Diablo II and he got owned instantly what with the low level and all the such as that kind of the sorts.

roboduck:
and all the such as that kind of the sorts.

Wow. I gotta get me a t-shirt with that on it :)

 

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