Things we know about Diablo III - updated

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    Artisans

    A real hero doesn’t craft items! He fights! Even though you can create items in Diablo III, it’s not exactly “you” that makes them. It’s them! You meet those merchants through the game and gain their trust after a series of quests. They don’t follow you to battle, but they do follow to the nearest city or village. There are three types of artisans:

    -The Blacksmith creates weapons and armor. In addition he can add sockets to items. In those you use gems, just like in Diablo II.
    -The Jeweler creates… well jewelry (Rings and Amulets) and can transmute multiple lower level gems to one higher level variant. This way you can get gems of quality levels 6 to 14 that can’t be found on monsters. He can also remove used gems from sockets.
    -The Mystic is responsible for enchants. Enchants add special bonuses to items. She also creates and sells staves and other magical supplies. The Mystic also identifies items for the player - Deckard Cain has retired the identifying business.

    To create an item, you need to have the recipes and the crafting materials needed for them (some gold too). Crafting materials you get from equipment you salvage (there’s a special box in your inventory after you acquire it). Certain special crafting materials are drops from monsters. This can save time from going back to town to sell useless items. Every Artisan can be upgraded (there’s 5 total levels). To upgrade them you use gold and materials (the higher their level, the more the materials required). Higher level Artisans offer better items for sale and crafting. Some of which are the best in the game.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIob8wXaQkU

    Character Classes

    There will be 5 character classes for the game.
    The Barbarian
    The Witch Doctor
    The Wizard
    The Monk
    Demon Hunter

    Skills

    The new UI reflects this change to seven skills. On the left will be your seven skill slots which will unlock as you level. To the right is a window with all the skill choices possible, broken up by when you can access them. This will help you to see directly what you have as well as what you can get and plan for future levels. All skills start off with a possible increase of five ranks but there will be a chance to increase this amount through other means. Leveling up a skill will be as simple as clicking o the skill in the UI.
    For more information about the skills you can check the wiki page

    Traits

    Traits is a new system that will be replacing passive skills. This mechanic was added to allow players to customize their character without having to waste skill points to do so. As you level, you currently gain one trait point every other level. Traits will vary and help distinguish your particular play style. Each Trait will have ranks that will range from one to five that you can upgrade. Helping define you character as a tank, berserker, or battle master for the Barbarian, each trait also includes some flavor text to help explain and immerse your character into the world. There will be about ninety possible choices, including upgrading, but your character will only get about thirty points to distribute. Jay mentioned that right now there are actually too many possibilities and that some will probably be cut out.

    * Skills and Traits quoted by Scyberdragon's post here.*


    Runestones

    Every active skill, no matter if it’s magic or melee attack, can have a rune attached. The rune will change the way the spell/attack works. It has been confirmed that the rune/skill combination will be about 700, all with their own effects. More info on the runes can be found here . *Update* The Diablo Wiki on Runestones has been updated with some more info and images from Blizzcon.

    Character Stats *New*

    Attack: Increases damage
    - This stat will be a universal damage increasing stat for all classes to prevent confusion about what you should increase to do more damage.
    - We realize that ‘Attack’ is less flavorful than ‘Strength’ and ‘Willpower’, but we feel the pros of understanding clearly how to build your character outweigh that con.
    - This stat has no secondary effects.

    Precision: Increases crit chance
    - This will be tuned to be comparable in power to Attack increases for the most part.
    - So why have Precision? Mainly so we can play into it with affixes, runes, and traits. Linking effects to crits gives us another hook for designing skills and gives the player options to create ‘crit builds’ that play different than normal attack builds. Examples of the kind of crit effects we 'could' do (not saying we are, these are examples):
    - - Cleave crits cause monsters to explode and do damage to those around them.
    - - Lifesteal could be an ‘on crit only’ affix.
    - This is a more finesse stat, and we’re fine with that. Most people will want Attack by default, but they won’t mind getting precision.
    - This stat has no secondary effect.

    Vitality: Increases health
    - And it's staying that way!
    - This stat has no secondary effect (seeing the pattern here?).

    Defense: Decreases all damage taken
    - This stat is separate from armor and resistances, each of which effects different damage types. This stat effects ‘all’ damage.
    - This stat will allow players to control incoming damage rather than increasing health capacity, which is useful to reduce the need for health globes and pots, and allows players to double down on defense for survival focused builds.
    - This stat is also useful for PVP, and likely will be valued in the arenas, but isn't tuned to be a 'PVP' only stat.
    - This stat has no secondary effects.

    Willpower: Affects resource in class-specific ways
    - The effects of this stat will change from class to class. It will be our goal to make it roughly equivalently valuable across classes and versus other attributes.
    - Basically this stat will give you more access to whatever restricts your resource by default: capacity, regen rate, degeneration rate, generation rate, etc.

    Full article on it in the Core Attribute Changes to D3 thread.

    *update*

    Hit Rating: Bashiok strikes back! According to his latest posts on battle.net every melee hit has a flat 5% miss chance, meaning that hit rating is more or less out of the game. Ranged and Area of Effect attacks still have to be aimed to hit.

    There's a topic about it from Jackzor in the news section here.

    DiabloWiki.com - Followers Followers
    There has been very little information about DiabloWiki.com - Hirelings Hirelings in Diablo III. Unfortunately, there has not been much change on this front. From what we know, in the first gameplay video, there were some archers you ran into while on a quest to rescue Deckard Cain. These archers would follow you for a short while fighting monsters until they would meet their own demise. These mercenaries were never meant to follow you for a long time and would only help you through a quest. We saw this again in the DiabloWiki.com - Demon Hunter Demon Hunter gameplay video when a weapon maker needs your help. These NPC's are just to help you through a quest temporarily.

    In addition to these characters, many have wondered how the hirelings, as know of them from Diablo II, will work in Diablo III. There was actually an interview with DiabloWiki.com - Leonard Boyarsky Leonard Boyarsky back in 2009 where he touched upon the subject. In the interview, he is asked about mercenaries returning in Diablo III. He first talks about the temporary mercenaries from the gameplay trailer as a smaller version of the followers. He then expands upon the newer version of the "Followers" as they are now known as.

    The Mercenaries/Hirelings/Followers article was created by ScyberDragon and can be found here.

    *update*

    As you can find in the Follower System Unveiled article, the "Followers" system has been unveiled.

    There are three follower classes in Diablo III:
    The Enchantress
    The Scoundrel
    The Templar

    Each has it's own unique abilities split in 4 tiers of 3 skills each.


    Quests

    Staying true to the action-rpg tradition, the quests won’t be too complicated. In the playable versions the quests were simple like “go in the desert city” and “slay the skeleton king”. In addition to the story quests, there will still be side quests that can be found while exploring.
    These optional quests appear to be like quest chains. For example, you save a girl from desert cultists. She still dies, but before she does she asks you to visit the village. The mayor there informs you that some women have been taken – find and rescue them!

    Enemies

    There will be 4 different types of enemies in Diablo III (the Act bosses don’t fall into any of the categories).
    -Normal enemies
    -Champions
    -Rare enemies
    -Unique enemies

    Loot

    The usual item gathering will be reduced in Diablo III. Blizzard announced that the item drops will be reduced in comparison with Diablo II. There will be more useful items to be found, though, magical or better. There are also more item slots in the inventory too. In addition to the slots we had in Diablo II we get to (finally) wear pants, shoulder pads and bracers. The inventory changed again to a more tetris like one. Weapons and armor take 2 slots. Potions, crafting materials and scrolls require only one and are also stackable. We’ll also be able to change the colors of the armor through dyes.
    Latest news mention 18 different armor tiers (so far), which is subject to change till the game is released. Source.

    *update**update 2* - The Talisman was cut from the game
    Charms are after all in the game. They don't go to the inventory, however, they get their own little place called Talisman. We start the game without it and we upgrade it until the end of the game so it can have more charms placed in it.

    *update*
    In our very own interview, we got information about Quivers making their way back into the game. It's most likely going to be exclusive to the Demon Hunter. So far they only mentioned it being used with pistol crossbow - the ranged weapon exclusive to the Demon Hunter.

    Full interview here.

    *update*
    There's been several updates on items "binding" on the character after being used or earned through quests. Latest Blizzard comments, however say that the whole "binding" of items is out of the game. All items will be able to be used and transfered after they're no longer useful to any character, or even traded.

    News article about it here.

    Looting

    Everyone will get his/her own share of the loot. Meaning that whatever you see drop, it's individually for you and nobody else can take it unless you pick up and drop again. So there's no need to rush to the loots and die trying to pick it up anymore.

    Town Portals

    They’re gone! Instead you get to go back to town through waypoints that will be placed better than in Diablo II. There won’t be a really big need to go back to town as often anyway because of the new “Salvage” feature that’s been explained in the Artisan section. There’s also supposed to be a “scroll of wealth” that will change items in gold directly without the need to find a merchant to sell it.

    Health System

    The potions are rare to find and also have a cooldown. Instead there will be health globes dropping from enemies during the fight to replenish lost hit points. There’s different kinds of health globes too that replenish different amount of health. Bosses are supposed to drop some health globes at certain percentages of their total hit points. In most cases there will be minions of them aswell to make sure we’ll have a decent amount of health globes when needed.

    Death

    Inevitably we’ll all die sometime (hopefully the hardcore people won’t do it often). In death you don’t appear in town but in the nearest checkpoint. You also have all of your gear so there won’t be any more corpse runs. -As of 10/7/2010 we got some news about the death mechanic. Bashiok mentioned the death penalties aren't final yet. In his latest battle.net post he talked a bit about the developer's team thoughts on death. In multiplayer there's an other option to avoid running back (even from the checkpoint nearby). Other players will be able to carry "Scrolls of Resurrection". Those scrolls existed back in Diablo 1 and made it possible for friends in coop to revive the dead players of the group. They will have the same function in Diablo III aswell.

    *update*
    On the death penalties, in the current build, all the character gets after death is durability loss on his items. As mentioned before, it's not final so we can't possibly tell just yet how this will end up.

    Horadric Cube

    As expected it’s out of the game. Most of its uses have been replaced by the artisans.

    Private Stash

    It’s still here. Whenever there’s items not really needed right now but still useful they can be placed in there and remain in your possession. Jay Wilson stated that from the start it will offer more room than the stash of Diablo II. It will also be possible to upgrade it so it can store more items and gold. *Update* This years Blizzcon we heared that the storage space offered with the Stash is one of the ways Blizzard plans to eliminate muling.

    A shared stash has been confirmed by Jay Wilson in this years Blizzcon. The Shared Stash, will allow characters of the same account to safely and easily transfer items from one character to another.

    *update*
    It is confirmed that we'll get 2 stashes. One for the current character and the second for the whole account (shared stash).
    Interesting article about it here.

    Acts

    It’s been confirmed that Diablo III will be about as big as Diablo II without its expansion, so it’s going to be 4 Acts. The adventure will begin near New Tristram, so the first act will remind a bit of the first game. Same for the second act that (at least mostly) will be in the desert near Caldeum. As for the third and fourth act, there hasn’t been official word yet. But if we take a look at the art section of the official site we can see an image of a harbor in Skovos Isles (the isles of the Amazons) and a monster called “Crater Assault Troops” (concept goes back to 2004 but it was in the teaser trailer with the announcement) that could make us assume that the third Act might play in the amazon jungles and the fourth in the Dreadlands, where Mount Arreat used to be (hopefully we’ll get to see footage of act 3 in the next Blizzcon).
    Latest posts from Bashiok mention that the game will be longer than Diablo II, even though they'll immitate the Act length to make it more dramatic and not to delay the end-fight too much.

    *update*
    @Diablo recently mentioned that we have seen bits and pieces of Act 3. Only new thing (as in environments) that we've seen so far was Bastion's Keep. It should be relatively safe to assume it's act 3.

    Player versus Player (PvP)

    Everyone's waited for info on it and this year's Blizzcon was quite generous. Duels and Hostilities as we knew them in Diablo II are off the game. The new Battle Arenas are implemented to make sure that those who want to kill people get to kill them, while those that want to kill monsters don't have to worry about being killed by anything else but monsters! PvP balance won't be an issue, though, according to the developers since PvE is the primary focus and "nerfing PvE abilities because they're too strong on PvP" won't happen.
    As a hardcore player... if you step into the Arena there's no going back. Either you die, or your opponent.

    The Diablo III PvP - Battle Arenas thread offers more information on the PvP feature of Diablo III.

    Achievements

    Just like Starcraft 2, Diablo III will also have achievements to unlock. They won’t be pure “grinding” achievements, though (killing things is still encouraged). Instead the achievements will be rewarded for killing unique monsters, crafting and/or fully exploring the regions.

    Expansions

    Lead Designer Jay Wilson talked about it in an interview. Blizzard is already thinking about expansions for Diablo III. This should mean that Diablo III will be pretty open ended. Also in Gamescom he answered a question about DLCs (downloadable content as paid mini “expansions”): “I love DLCs”. We can expect some DLCs for Diablo III it seems.

    Online Activation

    After the launch of Starcraft II we know how it's going to be. The game will have to be attached to a battle.net account and be activated this way. Achievements will only be awarded if you play through battle.net (even for single-player, very much like the campaign achievements for Starcraft II). There will be an offline/guest play option that will require to log to a battle.net account once too.

    ESRB Rating

    According to a recent Bashiok post Blizzard aims for a rating of M (for mature). So we're guaranteed to see alot blood spraying during the fights.

    The Story

    Diablo III begins 20 years after the previous game. 20 years after the Prime Evils were defeated and the Worldstone was destroyed by the Archangel Tyrael. After a long time of peace a meteor hit the cathedral of Tristram and Evil stirs again. Heroes rise to fight against the Evil that's taking the world of Sanctuary once again... we still got nothing more...

    *Update* While it's not much, what they told us was that this time, it's not just the presence of certain demons that will corrupt Sanctuary, but a full scale invasion from the Burning Hells. According to Jay Wilson, the Burning Hells decided to destroy Sanctuary since the humans are becoming a great threat should they take Heaven's side on the Great Conflict. They were strong enough to destroy the Three after all.

    Beta Test

    The Blizzcon closing ceremony had a surprise for all of us. 1000 attendees will be randomly selected to be given beta keys for the upcoming Diablo III beta test. What's missing is word on "when" the beta will start. At least now it's confirmed that there's going to be one.
    *Update*
    While Blizzard hasn't said anything about the timing of the beta start, they did talk about how much of the game it will contain. More or less they don't want many spoilers and we're going to see a full PvP mode and probably a couple Acts at maximum.

    There's more about it in the article: Where's Beta?

    *Update*
    In the recent May 9th Conference Call there's been some info about the Beta. It's supposed to start sometime in Q3 2011. Meaning from July 1st to September 31st.

    Release Date

    So far there's no official word about it, other than Blizzard's usual "When it's Done™". - Wilson said that the game would be released approximately 6 months after the beta starts.
    *Update*
    After the last financial conference in February, Mike Morhaime said that the team aims for a 2011 release, but it's not set in stone just yet and it may have to be pushed to 2012. So it's probably going to be Q4 2011-Q1 2012.


    *Post updated with news as of 5/26/2011*

    Many thanks to Caniroth for the awesome sig!
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    Great effort! Didn't read it all yet but really cool post.

    :thumbsup:
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    Quote from FingolfinGR

    With Blizzcon closing in and with it a good bit of new information, it’s about time to start reviewing what we already know. Here are a few things we know for sure:

    Character Classes

    There will be 5 character classes for the game.
    The Barbarian
    The Witch Doctor
    The Wizard
    The Witch Doctor
    The fifth and final class is still a mystery that will hopefully be unveiled in Blizzcon. The archer archetype is still missing so it’s relatively safe to assume it will be something like that, but with Blizzard you can’t really be sure about anything.



    Woah, the monk was renamed Witch Doctor?

    Isn't that going to be really confusing, considering they have another class also named Witch Doctor?
  • #4
    Back on topic- great job, FingolfinGR.
    +1
  • #5
    Quote from Frigid

    Quote from FingolfinGR

    With Blizzcon closing in and with it a good bit of new information, it’s about time to start reviewing what we already know. Here are a few things we know for sure:

    Character Classes

    There will be 5 character classes for the game.
    The Barbarian
    The Witch Doctor
    The Wizard
    The Monk
    The fifth and final class is still a mystery that will hopefully be unveiled in Blizzcon. The archer archetype is still missing so it’s relatively safe to assume it will be something like that, but with Blizzard you can’t really be sure about anything.



    Woah, the monk was renamed Witch Doctor?

    Isn't that going to be really confusing, considering they have another class also named Witch Doctor?


    now it's displayed correctly (blame my sleeplessness for this :P)

    Many thanks to Caniroth for the awesome sig!
  • #6
    Nice posts BTW!
  • #7
    Nice post, be ready to make a new one after blizzcon... hopefully :/
  • #8
    That was the reason i was interested in such a thing. So we'd know what's new and what's not when Blizzcon hits us and we wont be talking about old stuff again :)

    Many thanks to Caniroth for the awesome sig!
  • #9
    Interesting. I'll have to take a look at it when I have a minute.
  • #10
    Oh wow, that's awesome! A very clear summary of the current state of affairs.
  • #11
    Dude, you deserve a round of applause. Everybody reading this, take your hand out of your pants and your hand off your mouse and give this guy a round of applause.

    This is bookmarked and you get +1, my good sir.

    I hate the way you cling to ignorance and pass it off as innocence
  • #12
    What Azriel said! Damn, you definitely deserve a news reporter spot, man!
  • #13
    Quite the comprehensive summary. Kudos to you, good man, kudos!
  • #14
    I vote Fingol for the new addition for a news reporter! The man is doing a hell of a job as of late!
  • #15
    Thanks man !
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    Quote from FingolfinGR

    Death

    Inevitably we’ll all die sometime (hopefully the hardcore people won’t do it often). In death you don’t appear in town but in the nearest checkpoint. You also have all of your gear (will take durability damage upon death) so there won’t be any more corpse runs. There still is an experience penalty for dying, though.


    I'd like to know where this info came from. There is some debate about whether or not any XP loss or durability loss is involved with death.
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    Quote from Shatterer

    Quote from FingolfinGR

    Death

    Inevitably we’ll all die sometime (hopefully the hardcore people won’t do it often). In death you don’t appear in town but in the nearest checkpoint. You also have all of your gear (will take durability damage upon death) so there won’t be any more corpse runs. There still is an experience penalty for dying, though.


    I'd like to know where this info came from. There is some debate about whether or not any XP loss or durability loss is involved with death.


    The instant spawning with gear is credible however I don't recall them ever saying anything about durability factoring in.
  • #18
    durability was removed for a short time while testing the game and then eventually finally added back in. However, I have never heard anything about dura loss upon death although it would make sense given that (dare I say it) WoW does it.

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  • #19
    edited the original post in the Death section with the updated info. :)

    Many thanks to Caniroth for the awesome sig!
  • #20
    you might also want to add the resurrection system.

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