Diablo III Development Update

UGO recently conducted an interview with three of the designers behind Diablo III, including lead designer Jay Wilson.

On character classes:
There was also the question of character classes. For Diablo III’s development team, they had to ask themselves which classes fit the gameplay. As Wilson explained, the intent all along has been to build Diablo III’s character classes – old and new – to support the game rather than building the game around specific classes. The Witch Doctor, for example, bears a number of similarities to Diablo II’s Necromancer, but is meant to be played as more of a direct damage-dealer than the older game’s class. While this is all well and good in a non-revealing sort of way, the newsy bit is Wilson’s explicit confirmation that the old Necro will not be one of the three as-yet-unannounced Diablo III classes.
On Battle.net improvements:
The most exciting changes we discussed related to the new and improved Battle.net. Most of what’s going to happen is still in the planning stages, but fans can in general expect to see more integration between game and community. No one will be forced to sign on to Battle.net to play Diablo III, but characters created offline will not be playable online in the interests of limiting any potential for cheating the system.

As for community features, the recently announced Achievements for Diablo III (and StarCraft II) will also tie into the redesigned Battle.net. There are additional plans to streamline item-sharing between different characters, one suggestion being to allow items to be traded or sent through whispers. Fans can also probably expect to see voice chat in Diablo III, though modders and modding tools will not be officially supported due to the game’s random nature.
On pricing:
Pricing for the game is still being decided, but don’t expect to pay subscription fees for access to Battle.net. Sure, there’s always the possibility that different membership tiers will be introduced later on, but nothing we heard during our chat suggested that the team has anything other than a free-to-play model in mind for Diablo III’s online play.
Read the full article on UGO here.

Comments

  • #1 Snowee
    The words ..fans may as well settle in for a healthy wait.. and ..the game is nowhere near finished.. were scary.
    Oh well. I'm positive now this won't be coming until 2010 or late 2009.
  • #2 radiant_knight
    expected news, but good to hear confirmation. thanks Blizz.
  • #3 DaWg
    Allowing items to be traded or sent through whispers..don't know about that one..seems kind of interesting. No idea on how that would work though.
  • #4 naksucow
    Quote from "DaWg" »
    Allowing items to be traded or sent through whispers..don't know about that one..seems kind of interesting. No idea on how that would work though.


    would be nice though if you had an item you know that a friend would want.
  • #5 Umpa
    nice update. The thing i enjoy about it most and why i wanted a simple announcement so long is that now the community of Diablo and Blizzard are now once again allied. Before we were all in the dark about EVERYTHING. It was hard to handle lol. But now, it seems weekly, we have contact with the ever so kind designers and their thoughts, comments, concerns. Also we have updated art and everything. I think this wait will be nothing compared to the one we all endured, this is in fact a cake walk. So far it has been an enjoyable month of learning new information all the time. So, in response to "fans may as well settle in for a healthy wait"; I am settled in nice and snug with my D2 LOD, the Diablo Archive and Diablofans.com XD

    Also, how generous it was of them to let us know about the in game voice chat. Thats awesome and gives us something to look forward too for sure!
  • #6 12eaper
    b.net is free

    yay

    and d3 will own

    yay





    yay!
  • #7 Mackan
    I want to know more how much of Diablo 3 that has actually been done. Status of the other Acts? How many Acts?
  • #8 shelledfade
    From the sound of things, fans may as well settle in for a healthy wait. With so many design decisions still being squared away on a weekly basis, development for Diablo III is moving along nicely but the game is nowhere near finished.

    I guess its going to be a long wait guys. So much for a 08 release... probably not even a 09 either.

    There are additional plans to streamline item-sharing between different characters, one suggestion being to allow items to be traded or sent through whispers. Fans can also probably expect to see voice chat in Diablo III, though modders and modding tools will not be officially supported due to the game’s random nature.

    Item sharing threw streamline chat and trading would be awesome. Character transfer item between other player characters is nothing new but its good to see them still confirming it.

    Voice chat? Not sure I like that for diablo 3... Makes you wonder if the boss fights this time for diablo 3 are going to be on more of an MMO styled teamwork play, rather than the wing-it style hack and slash that diablo 2 was. Would I use it? I dont have a problem talking to other people AKA voice-chat style.

    But that should not be read as confirmation that the team is working on any such port; as it is, they have their hands full trying to deliver on fan expectations for the confirmed PC release.

    Good to know there not being lazy and sitting in NYC hotel rooms having 5 star hotel breakfasts everyday. :confused:.
  • #9 Elfen_Lied
    I guess its going to be a long wait guys. So much for a 08 release..


    That is completely idiotic. How could anyone think it would be released this year, they just announced the damn thing.

    probably not even a 09 either.


    December 31 2009. All Blizzard games start with a theorised release date of December 31, it's like their thing. December 31 2008 is far too soon, and December 31 2010 seems to far away, so December 31 2009 works well. It's only a rough guide for blizzard they sort of pick a date and see how the game looks/works at that date then moves to release date accordingly.

    Makes you wonder if the boss fights this time for diablo 3 are going to be on more of an MMO styled teamwork play,


    Not sure about MMO team play style bosses, heard something about comparisons to Legend of Zelda though, also need to factor in Single Player. And a lone Barbarian Single Player at that.
  • #10 Jade-razzor
    Quote from "shelledfade" »


    I guess its going to be a long wait guys. So much for a 08 release... probably not even a 09 either.



    I do not believe it will take too long, as the game looks pretty complete, apart from the content (skills, areas, etc). How long do you think it will take to create these?
  • #11 Hellstream
    Pricing for the game is still being decided, but don’t expect to pay subscription fees for access to Battle.net. Sure, there’s always the possibility that different membership tiers will be introduced later on, but nothing we heard during our chat suggested that the team has anything other than a free-to-play model in mind for Diablo III’s online play.
    Fantastic. I was really hoping for free-to-play on Bnet.
  • #12 apothio
    I was just read the interview UGO recently conducted with three of the designers behind Diablo III

    and on the topic of battle.net they stated;

    Quote:
    "... No one will be forced to sign on to Battle.net to play Diablo III, but characters created offline will not be playable online in the interests of limiting any potential for cheating the system."


    When they you cant play with your characters offline, online. I take it that's solely for battle net? or does that apply to tc/ip games aswell, ... cause damn that would suck if you don't really want to do anything with the community and just want to stick to playing with your gf and friends.

    it got me curious, does anyone know if there will be tcp/ip anymore or if its all simply intertwined with battle.net to play private games?
  • #13 necronergal
    i think there just saying there wont be a open battle.net. cause i remember going on there and seeing a lvl 1 barb one hit kill someone.

    im sure you will be able to do tcp/ip stuff still.
  • #14 Wilfred
    Hei! My english is bad! Can we play some place D3 demo?? :D:D
  • #15 oren88
    Quote from "Snowee" »
    The words ..fans may as well settle in for a healthy wait.. and ..the game is nowhere near finished.. were scary.
    Oh well. I'm positive now this won't be coming until 2010 or late 2009.


    Agree, and yeah, that SUCKS !:mad:
  • #16 Wilfred
    Quote from "Snowee" »
    The words ..fans may as well settle in for a healthy wait.. and ..the game is nowhere near finished.. were scary.
    Oh well. I'm positive now this won't be coming until 2010 or late 2009.


    That info make me so fucking MAD!!!!! :mad::mad: and SAD!!!! :(
  • #17 cheebalover
    considering that we have to wait a year is positive, look at sc2 and other games..it took longer..they arent making the game for 6 years, they changed it completely from the concept from blizzard north team...so 1 year is good considering we could wait maybe 2 or 3 years..so pray its only 1 year!!!
  • #18 Stena
    Great news!

    Go Blizzard go! :thumbsup:

    Btw have any one heard the rumors about a beta leaked out? true or false?
  • #19 milanv
    yey, it seems it will still be free-to-play :)

    anyway, I was surprised at how many people expected the game this year? Hello? I always thought around the end of 2009.
  • #20 akse
    Send items with whisper? A mailbox would be better. Maybe he meant that if you are in chat you could do it by whisper so you wouldn't have to create game to send items.
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