Jay Wilson Talks About Plot, Lore and Battle.net

Kotaku got in touch with Jay Wilson, the Lead Designer of Diablo III to talk about Blizzard has in store for all of us.

Here's a snippet from the interview. The following quote relates to Diablo III's supposed similarities with Blizzard's other game, World of Warcraft:
Kotaku: In the demo you showed during the Opening Ceremony, you gave us a glimpse at the Witch Doctor class which seems to use several spells similar to those found in World of Warcraft. Do you worry that some fans will think you’re just copying aspects of WoW?

Jay Wilson: No. Do I think people will say that? Yes, I think they will. One of the things I like to remind people is that it’s okay to steal from ourselves. A good idea is a good idea and a good skill is a good skill and so when we look across all our games we borrow from each other all of the time. But the really key and important thing is do we play like World of Warcraft? No! We don’t play anything like it, Diablo has a different feel to it and that’s fine. If we look at the history of Blizzard games, at Warcraft I and II, the spell Blizzard appeared, it also appeared in WoW and Diablo II. I almost think it’s more like a signature but as long as a game has enough original stuff that it stands on its own and plays like its own game, that’s what matters.

Feel free to share your thoughts on the matter.

Comments

  • #1 Robiwan
    cool. you know they also took paladin for wow from d2. makes sense.
  • #2 Havoc485
    Its good that this guys are standing their ground with diablo 3, i find nothing wrong with it at all, i think some of the darker minds out there just have to suck it up and be happy diablo 3 is comming out and stop the stupid nit picking at ever little thing that seems wrong. Good Job Blizzard.
  • #3 DDice
    i dont get it why people ar crying about this ... to me diablo 2 looks way mor crapy and boring
    then diablo 3 :| .

    anyway just a european guys opinion .
  • #4 Keystoned
    Good job by Blizzard. I love the new look, and stealing från themselves? Ofcourse, that's the best way to make Diablo 3 as good as possible. Good job! :)
  • #5 maxz
    Nice to know :) but as long as they don't "steal" to much from themselves (WoW) - it's fine.
  • #6 Karrian
    I'm sure they know what they are doing. We have gotten just a taste of what they have.
  • #7 xXAvariceXx
    Quote from "Robiwan" »
    cool. you know they also took paladin for wow from d2. makes sense.


    Actually wrong. The Paladin first appeared in Warcraft 1 as the upgraded version to the Humans Knight unit. Along with the creation of the Silverhand during I believe Warcraft 2(might have been the first one?).

    Diablo borrowed the Paladin from Warcraft, however, Warcraft 3 borrowed the idea of Aura's from Diablo 2's paladin.

    Anyway, just pointing that out.

    People should not confuse D3 with Warcraft at all. Blizzard has always borrowed ideas from their games. Compare the Undead in WC3 with the Zerg in Starcraft, or the fact that certain Night Elf buildings in Wc3 can move around, similar to the Terran in Starcraft. The way the spell Blink in Wc3 works is very similar to the way Diablo's Teleport works. Frost Nova in WoW works closer to the D2's version than to the Wc3 version.

    People should not be so surprised to see similarities among Blizzard games, they've been doing it since they started. Its part of what makes Blizzard games cool, you find little Easter Eggs in they're games, like in Wc3 in one mission, a monster named The Butcher says "Ahhh, Fresh Meat!", straight from Diablo 1.
  • #8 Azoruk
    Isn't his old news? =x
  • #9 uLuKai
    Quote from "Azoruk" »
    Isn't his old news? =x


    any stuff regarding d3 is good enough for me :D

    (btw love the sig man ^_^)
  • #10 sansad
    yeah but you're still biased as hell!!! ;) nah just messing with ya... sorry, feeling wicked for some reason, guess I'm happy for a change.

    It's true what he says though, check out authors, directors etc. When you write or do something you're bound to find scenes, phrases etc you like. Read two different books by the same author and you'll know what I mean. You can borrow stuff from yourself and still make individual works. Diablo won't fail for having a Paladin and as with previous blizzgameswithapaladin every time he appears he evolves and get's better. Gonna be interesting to find out if the class is in d3, what will be changed, what will be removed etc.

    rantrantrant....

    Gimme a cow, gimme two
    then give me diablo 3
    and the hole world shall know
    ...
    that the cow king eats his bowl...errwtf??
  • #11 Kagasumi
    Quote from "Tanton" »
    I just hope they stay away from the cartoony feel of WoW - it would certainly serve to taint the essence of what Diablo should be.


    I can understand your point.

    They did borrow a little flavor from WOW, but it isn't much. Some of the most angry people seem to think they are taking 100% from WOW, which isn't true. It is just a little flavor of WOW style, which is Blizzard's style. For the most part, the art is Diablo.

    I can live with a little hint of WOW flavor, if it is done in good taste and done well. So far it seems to be done well. I don't see a problem.
  • #12 Sarcon
    Quote from "Robiwan" »
    cool. you know they also took paladin for wow from d2. makes sense.


    Paladins were in WC2 way before Diablo. Also, Paladins are meant to be "Holy Warriors" so they have a place in both.

    EDIT: I should have read m ore and saw someone else already corrected you.. Oh well
  • #13 Luckmann
    Thanks for the frontpage link, Sol. I think the article was posted somewhere on the forums 1-2 days ago, but it's nice to have it up there, reaching a wider audience. Bit by bit all these duplicate threads will hopefully start dying.

    Quote from "xXAvariceXx" »
    Actually wrong. The Paladin first appeared in Warcraft 1 as the upgraded version to the Humans Knight unit. Along with the creation of the Silverhand during I believe Warcraft 2(might have been the first one?).
    No, you're entirely correct. :) The formation of the Silver Hand by Uther the Lightbringer was in Warcraft II. You even escort him in a mission. ^_^

    It's a pity almost all of WC1 and WC2 have no bearing at all, after all the retconning in recent years. Was the lore as available? No, maybe not. But the lore that was there was 834.8% more awesome. Yes, 834.8%. This is an exact science, people, people, people! :cool:
  • #14 waddlez
    YOU ARE ALL WRONG, GOD CREATED THE PALADIN FIRST LOLOLOL


    seriously, go play a bad game like WAR if you are disappointed with blizzard

    I'll be canceling my WAR preorder just to want d3 moar
  • #15 Puckstopper27
    Quote from "Havoc485" »
    Its good that this guys are standing their ground with diablo 3, i find nothing wrong with it at all, i think some of the darker minds out there just have to suck it up and be happy diablo 3 is comming out and stop the stupid nit picking at ever little thing that seems wrong. Good Job Blizzard.

    I couldn't agree more, Diablo 3 is finally here let us be honored to bask in its greatness.
  • #16 Archie
    Yeah, this is old news. But some people still may not have seen it.

    I would like to hear an interview with a Blizzard rep about their opinion on this whole influx of people not agreeing fully with a few of the art design choices.

    Medieval - Do you think you could get an interview scheduled sometime in the next month. I am really curious as to Blizzard's reaction.

    Thank you MD for all your help and news.
  • #17 Hodl_Pu
    I don't mind if blizzard takes from themselves, the witch doctor doesnt bug me at all. Hell, i wouldn't mind if Pit lords and infernals entered diablo. It's other factors of D3 that bother me, and I don't need to say it because it's been said enough.
  • #18 Sasori
    I cant stand 10 year old kids that keep saying diablo looks like WoW, i mean wtf????
  • #19 Devil_Dark
    i believe Blizzard is doing the best possible thing standing fast att theyr idea of how Diablo 3 should be. i think theres more to the game then the part they have shown us
  • #20 JayCrimson
    Jay Wilson: In the previous two games, Diablo and his two brothers, Mephisto and Baal, were the three Prime Evils of a world called Sanctuary. Where we start off in Diablo III, it’s twenty years later (after Diablo II: Lord of Destruction) and the brothers are gone, they’ve been vanquished. Essentially everyone was kind of geared for Hell to actually invade. At the end of Lord of Destruction, the Worldstone was destroyed, it left a giant crater and everyone was expecting the hordes to come pouring out of it and nothing happened. So, Deckard Cain is one of our main characters from the first two games, he’s spent the last two decades trying to find out where the last two Evils are, what they’re doing and why the invasion didn’t happen. A lot of the rest of the story focuses on Tyrael, the Angel of Justice, and what’s happened to him since that event as he was actually the angel who destroyed the world.


    This is curious. While it does not deny Diablo's excistance in the game, it does seem to lean to suggesting we're focussing on the other evils and Tyrael. Of course in a world of magick and miracles anything like resurrection is possible.
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