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.


65 Responses to “Diablo 3 announcement”


  1. 1 jason regier Jun 28th, 2008 at 9:56 am

    Looks nice cant wait to play,good job !!!

  2. 2 diablo fan Jun 28th, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    diablo rocks!!!!!!
    i cant wait until the game will be for sale!!!!!!!!!

  3. 3 Gnome Jun 28th, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    D3 looks fantastic!!! I wish I could play it right now!

  4. 4 Cameron Jun 28th, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    When is the release date does anyone have an idea?

  5. 5 Lucas Jun 29th, 2008 at 9:31 am

    I am convinced this game will be amazing and I can not wait for it to hit the stores. What about this Starcraft 2 idea I am hearing through the grapevine?

  6. 6 Graeme R Jun 29th, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    At last the much awaited diablo 3 has been announced, there should be a lot of very happy chappies out there. All the screenshots look fantastic and the demo leaves ones mouth watering. I just hope this time around the game will be longer than diablos 1 and 2, I mean i dont know how many times i actually clocked diablo 2 and got bored with starting a new game so just hope diablo 3 will have a longer story line. I cant wait……

  7. 7 Diablo FTW Jun 29th, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    Yeah Diablo 2 is pretty short, but also a really great game.

    I hope it will come soon. They should release it soon, because the last Diablo game was in 2000 or 2001 (cant remember >.<) people are tired of waiting :D..

    I really love the gameplay in Diablo 3. i was afraid of it will be more like World of Warcraft.. but nah , it looks like the old diablos ! Cheers ! :D

  8. 8 toni Jun 29th, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    At last!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I,just as thousends of us, been waiting for Diablo 3 for so long !!!!
    And now the time is come, after 8 years…….
    I was saying to myself that i would pay twice a price of Diablo 3 just if Blizzards say that they’l make sequell…
    THANKS!!!!!

  9. 9 Pontus Widehall Jun 29th, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    Well well well, I can’t say anything less but I’m extremely thrilled, and excited about Diablo 3, been waiting a very very long time for this, and gonna in advance book a piece of this lovely thing.

    Whenever there will be a demo to play, I’d love to play it, no matter the circumstances.

  10. 10 Ptrs Jun 29th, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    I played d1 and d2, both were GREAT!!!

    I can’t wait for d3!! :D

  11. 11 PIperAtHerGates Jun 30th, 2008 at 9:51 am

    I’m pretty sto’ked for the game to come out! Does anyone know the release date?

  12. 12 busby seo Chalenge Jun 30th, 2008 at 11:11 am

    new game huh!?…

  13. 13 VyoS Jun 30th, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    I’m so excited i wana play and ia wanna now sistem requrment beacause my pc is a little week and i don’t now if i can play. An answer please . let’s kill some monsters.

  14. 14 WickedWill Jun 30th, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    This looks great can wait to play

  15. 15 PLEASEREAD Jul 3rd, 2008 at 8:34 am

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    To my mind the design outside should be quite the same like it is in the gameplaymovie, because it really looks great

    BUT when it comes to dungeons (and bosses) it is a MUST that they stick to typical “diablo colours” because this is very important for the atmosphere

    so you can still have a big variety of ambiences

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  16. 16 MMinkerr Jul 3rd, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    The graphics are suppose to be extremely adjustable, as in you can play with top notch graphics making the game play amazing or if your system cannot run the graphics to can adjust them to almost d2 status.

  17. 17 alex rao Jul 4th, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    What is the release date?

  18. 18 Graeme Jul 5th, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    Apparently they will not include PK in Diablo III…..

    PK i believe must be included in the game. I mean players at some point will want to fight and kill one another, just for the fun of it…

    To control this PK i think the players would first have to agree to a dual for a fight to take place, to keep it controlled and protect those who are not intersted in Duelling..

  19. 19 vidix Jul 6th, 2008 at 5:23 am

    why only 2wo characters ?

  20. 20 lev Jul 6th, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    looks a little bit like neverwinter nights… its sad that there are only 2 different classes….

  21. 21 kilasha Jul 6th, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    when is the release? im exited >.< i want to play it!! diablo!!!

  22. 22 JustAGuy Jul 7th, 2008 at 8:24 am

    there arent only 2 classes they will announce more to come
    http://www.blizzard.com/diablo3/faq/#1_6
    this is a FAQ about the game there r some answers there including number of classes….read it
    P.S- anyone knows how much room diablo 3 will take in the PC?

  23. 23 JoeJoe Jul 8th, 2008 at 2:14 am

    when is the beta coming out i syrsly cant wait for it hey.
    and can any1 download it or is it just a chosen few

  24. 24 ZonerZ (Wont Kill You) Jul 8th, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    2 things… 1st. no one will play if it’s p2p. Blizzard knows that. Not to say that no one would pay to play a game online, but no one would pay to play Diablo online, best game ever though it is. Everyone smile, this one’ll be free to play online. 2nd. Thank you blizzard, the inventory is the most beautiful one i’ve ever seen, and I play A LOT of MMORPGs.

  25. 25 DaB Jul 9th, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    Omg i have been waiting for this game for such a long time,, and now its comming,,stil have to wait another year,, read somewere that release date is 09/30/2009,, buit looking forward for it,, im the biggest diablo fan ever,,NEED THIS GAME RIGHT NOW,, but seeya xD

  26. 26 Peridos451 Jul 10th, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    Hopefully they can brainstorm some pretty crazy bosses just like diablo 2, i enjoyed the wild and imaginative fights and storylines, true they got a tad boring but you can only play a game so long…

  27. 27 Diablo-Freak Jul 12th, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    yeh diablo 2 is wicked… finished hundreds of times.. and D3 looks even better :D… now onto important things.. i heard a rumour that Kevin Rudd is announcing plans that his swimming pool is to be 8.5m X 15.6m with a depth of 80cm at shallowest, with a gentle slope down to approx 3m! is this true or just another dumb rumour?

  28. 28 ryan Jul 23rd, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    cant wait for this game but can not wait a whole year for it it has to cum out b4 that D2 was good never placed d1 BUT GOT THE DISK AND BEST STILL BE ABLE TO USE A LOADER

  29. 29 mintbobo Jul 25th, 2008 at 9:53 am

    loving it cant wait for realease date

  30. 30 David Adams Jul 29th, 2008 at 1:13 am

    LOL diablo 3 will be awesome much better than WOW coz WOW is for nubs who like eating their own flesh while commiting suicide because they dont get wat they want my god i hate WOW u messed up little ppl LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

    WOW SUCKS SO MUCH MY GOSH I MEAN COME ON WTF

    lol

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  32. 32 Diablo 3 Aug 6th, 2008 at 5:09 am

    Very nice announcement

    Diablo 3x Team
    http://www.diablo3x.com

  33. 33 Diablo 3 Aug 7th, 2008 at 2:22 am

    This is sute the hugest gaming announcement in long time, im very excited.

  34. 34 Saggo Aug 12th, 2008 at 10:43 am

    Very nice.. cant wait for the release

    http://www.mmonewz.com

  35. 35 name Aug 31st, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    Hi!,

  36. 36 name Aug 31st, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    Hello!,

  37. 37 name Aug 31st, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    Good day!,

  38. 38 Diablo freak Jan 28th, 2009 at 6:51 am

    I CANT WAIT FOR IT COME!!!!

  39. 39 diablo fan Mar 6th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    cant wait for diablo 3 i think that guy is right cause people will finsih it and get bored of doing it again so they want to test therte skills aganist other people online but i still cant wait GO DIABLO 3!!!!!!!!

  40. 40 diablo fan again Mar 6th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    WHEN IS THE REALSEASE DATE SOMEONE SUBMIT THE DATE PLZ I WANT TO KNOW AND GO DIABLO AGAIN

  41. 41 addick Mar 13th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    is this game D3 online or like in D2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. 42 tom Mar 22nd, 2009 at 3:48 am

    wowwwwwwwwwwwwwww

  43. 43 ausi boy (big diablo fan) Aug 2nd, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    ivewaited so long and its finnly here diabl3 will be the best of the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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