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Diablo 3 announcement

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Blizzard’s Worldwide Invitational 2008 starts in half an hour in Paris. If you can check the intro image – there’s a dark shape that is more and more visible.

Diablo 3 announcement

UPDATE: Diablo 3 is OFFICIAL! Live news from the event:

12:15 — Announcement…..!! Guy playing Diablo music on an acoustic guitar…

12:18 — Footage of large scale battles, comets streaking across the sky, demons, Diablo 3 officially announced.

12:20 — Jay Wilson, lead designer on Diablo 3 coming out. He’s going to demo the game.

Diablo 3 screenshot

12:20 — It’s apparently still an action RPG. Same interface — red
health and blue orbs. Skill bar at bottom. 3/4 overhead perspective.
Character with 2 axes hacking at demons in what appears to be a foggy
cathedral. Has a jumping attack where he smashes the two axes into the
ground.


(Watch Diablo 3 trailer here)

12:21 — The axe guy is the barbarian class. Says improvements have
been made, like the hotbar for skills. Using the mouse wheel and tab
key you can quickly switch between skills. Whoing inventory. Appears to
still have slot limits. Using enchanted axes with frost and lighting
,which stuns and freezes opponents.

Diablo 3 screenshot

12:25 — Each piece of gear is custom designed for each class. Barbarian puts on demonic sort of garb with giant devil horns. Barbarian can hop across gaps on the map. Barbarian dislodged a rock wall and dropped it on zombies, killing them. Demoing moving whirlwind attack.

12:33 — Witch doctor can cast out locus swarm, which spreads between targets and deals damage. Can summon mongrel things that he can cast locust swarm on, which buffs their damage. Outdoor environment now. Quite pretty in that vibrant, slightly cartoonish Blizzard graphical style. Like with StarCraft 2 and it’s similarities to the original, Diablo 3 looks and sounds, at least at a glance, quite similar to previous games. Witch doctor also has a mass fear type of ability.

12:36 — Multiplayer will work over battle.net. Heads into a final fight against some gigantic moving trees. Final boss here, called siegebreaker assault beast, is absolutely gigantic, maybe around six or seven times taller than the player characters.

12:37 — Demo ends. The crowd roars…

Diablo 3 screenshot

Update: Diablo 3 release date has been tentatively set to follow the launch of Starcraft 2 and Battle.net 2.0 some time in early 2009.

Diablo 3 screenshots

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Blizzard has just opened the floodgates! A hundred screenshots have been released thus far and here’s the ones that I found most interesting. Be sure to check the official Diablo 3 announcement too.

The Barbarian hacking through skeletons. Note the duel-wield with mighty weapons (a modified sickle).
Diablo 3 screenshot

The Witch Doctor and his mass-effect spells. I guess he’s the new Sorceress!
Diablo 3 screenshot

This is a close-up of the armor. Note the level of details. It looks proper 3D.
Diablo 3 screenshot

It’s the Witch Doctor again. Note the depth of the level. It looks pre-rendered but it’s certainly beautiful.
Diablo 3 screenshot

Enter the Boss! It looks five times bigger than the character!
Diablo 3 screenshot

Diablo 3 demo

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This is the demo that was given during the Diablo 3 announcement in Paris.


You can download
the high-quality gameplay footage here. Check out the Diablo 3 screenshots too.

Diablo 3 trailer

Updated (June 28): Finally, Diablo 3 is announced and here’s the Diablo 3 trailer!

You can download the high-quality version here.

Official Diablo 3 forum launched

Blizzard has launched an official Diablo 3 forum at Battle.net. Just click here (no posting allowed yet).

You can check a screenshot below:

Diablo 3 forum

Let’s hope and pray there’s a Diablo 3 announcement at the WWI.

Update: Diablo 3 release date has been tentatively set to follow the launch of Starcraft 2 and Battle.net 2.0 some time in early 2009.

Diablo 3 box art

Update (June 28): Diablo 3 has been announced at the WWI in Paris. You can now review the Diablo 3 trailer, screenshots, as well as demo.

Below is the main box image for Diablo 3!

Diablo 3 announcement




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