Skovos not accessible in Diablo III

Bashiok confirmed the piece of artwork shown in the latest media update is indeed Skovos Isle, but it won't be a place we will visit in Diablo 3. From the looks of it, probably the expansion? Skovos is the homeland of the Amazon class in Diablo II.

As we know, the only returning playable class is the Barbarian. However, Jay Wilson recently suggested some classes could return in the Diablo 3 expansion pack.
Bashiok: It is Skovos, and I think this piece was something that Leonard showed and discussed at the WWI Lore and Environment Art panel.

It isn't a location that you'll visit in Diablo III, but the artwork is a good example of the work and thought going in to fleshing out the world of Sanctuary. It's already a very complex world with a lot of locations and events, but a lot of it still isn't visually or contextually realized. As we want to create the feeling of a world outside of your immediate view it's important to create or expand upon the locations and stories of that world.

As we're working to create Diablo III we're also working to create a more visually complete Sanctuary
Source: battle.net

Comments

  • #1 LarryNC
    cool looking place, hope we can go to it in the expansion
  • #2 belarus12
    yup, looking forward for amazon in expansion
  • #3 Faustus
    I thought expansion packs were a perversion upon fans? Isn't saying "we know you want it, but we won't include it in the ship game so we can sell an expansion" sorta... underhanded? I love Blizzard and I trust them better than that, but it does seem like a trend.
  • #4 Veltras
    Originaly posted by me:

    Anyway from what I gathered from this video, Skovos is an Island where a secluded society known as the Iskari lives (not sure of spelling). This society was apparently built by an Angel and her lover who is actually human and they are also the ancestors of both the Rogues and the Amazon.


    Come on just a month and a couple of days before Blizzcon :evil:
  • #5 Elfen_Lied
    I'm really not keen on seeing artwork of things I will not get to see. Skovos looks awesome, I am hugely bummed we cannot go there (yet).

    Putting it there to show it has some connection with the lore of a class in d3, sure that is great. But I want to go to all the homelands of the classes, I want to go to the necromancer underground city (possibly with a necromancer but any one would do), Sescheron (possibly with a Druid), Westmarch, Tur Dura (possibly with a Barbarian).
  • #6 biff_exploder
    necromancer underground city, dont know why, but i really REALLY like the sound of that hahah

    and yeah, seeing artwork for things we cant play its kinda frustrating at this point, it would be a nice thing to see after the game is released.

    i wonder how much more artwork content wont be on the game, we could be excited about things that might not even be in the game, like that huge dungeon art with the 2 giants laying down.
  • #7 Veltras
    With Ureh and Zayl present in the game, it's pratically guaranteed that we'll see an Underground Necromancer city.

    Jay said that there would be more than one town per act and that we would get to have some nice surprise and seeing that Caldeum is pretty close to Ureh...
  • #8 Shadowdragon85
    it will be nice to see them bring back some D2 classes for the expansion. some classes should have a apart in D3 to me mainly the necro since they follow what they call the balance so any sort of shift they should be there to make everything right again.
  • #9 Ferret
    I find the statement Bashiok gave kinda odd. They're building up the complete Sanctuary world, even though we don't get to see all of it? Something smells fishy...

    Looks pretty kickass though, kinda like the island I'm buying when I retire :D
  • #10 Shadowdragon85
    Maybe its a hint to Diablo 4 or a movie... but don't quote me on it. I think that its nice that eventhough its not in the game being able to see how places look instead of a writen discription.
  • #11 permaximum
    After DIII, we'll see Skovos Isle in next MMORPG Diablo game called "World of Sanctuary"
  • #12 biff_exploder
    or a complete world of diablo with .... dare i say it?.... FEES!!!! AAAAHHHH! okay i shoot myself now...
  • #13 Shadowdragon85
    Quote from "permaximum" »
    After DIII, we'll see Skovos Isle in next MMORPG Diablo game called "World of Sanctuary"


    Why do you think Diablo is going to be a MMORPG? Diablo as a MMORPG is not needed cuz Blizz already has one (WoW) plus you already play a single character that you can upgrade and your do missions. Diablo is good with storyline which MMO's don't have. MMO's just have small quest than leads to nothing. Diablo (even though people after beating the game continues)has quests that actually leads to the end of the game.
  • #14 Macros
    Quote from "Shadowdragon85" »
    it will be nice to see them bring back some D2 classes for the expansion. some classes should have a apart in D3 to me mainly the necro since they follow what they call the balance so any sort of shift they should be there to make everything right again.

    Well, they could have the Necromancer city being under siege by demons, or that they're all practically wiped out, and then in the expansion it turns out -surprise surprise - some of them survived. The Three don't really care for balance, obviously, except amongst themselves, so it would make sence if that was a prime target for the invasion.
  • #15 permaximum
    Quote from "Shadowdragon85" »
    Why do you think Diablo is going to be a MMORPG? Diablo as a MMORPG is not needed cuz Blizz already has one (WoW) plus you already play a single character that you can upgrade and your do missions. Diablo is good with storyline which MMO's don't have. MMO's just have small quest than leads to nothing. Diablo (even though people after beating the game continues)has quests that actually leads to the end of the game.


    Man i don't like MMORPGs too and i don't ever want a diablo game as MMORPG.But WOW is becoming really older and Blizz want to use new franchise for their new next gen MMORPG.I'm sure after the news about there will be no randomized outdoors in DIII (new timeline, complete story, static world of sanctuary etc.) All of these point only one thing.Teen rated MMORPG called "World of Sanctuary".After D3 and probably one expansion the next game will be WOS as new next-gen MMORPG.

    Blizzard is hiring for their top secret next-gen mmo...It looks quite certain that top secret game will be WOS.
  • #16 Magistrate
    Can we not start another one of these stupid and childish MMO arguments? Don't worry about it, what happens happens, and no one knows what Blizzard is doing. No one. I don't care what "facts" you may or may not have.
  • #17 Shadowdragon85
    i hope they don't make WoS, they should just make a new game series. ScarCraft, WarCraft, and Diablo are fine the way they are (I understand why they made WoW but still perfer the controling unit style WarCraft). Make a new series will give Blizzard an easier time with doing what ever they want.
  • #18 permaximum
    Quote from "Magistrate" »
    Can we not start another one of these stupid and childish MMO arguments? Don't worry about it, what happens happens, and no one knows what Blizzard is doing. No one. I don't care what "facts" you may or may not have.


    I know what they are doing.They were making pc/mac games the last time i remember and i don't think it changed... :D
  • #19 Magistrate
    What does that have to do with that quote in relation to MMO's, which was the entire point of it?
  • #20 waddlez
    the new mmo is a new IP noobzors!


    Activison + Blizzard + nextgenMMO known + blizzcon == World of Tony Hawk Guitar Hero of Duty

    note: the Warcraft 3 team made WoW, (with the addition on moar people, they started the second TFT was finished)

    blizzard won't hire completely new designers (lead for that matter) on a franchise that already exist, they would just tell the d3 or sc2 people to get started on the new MMO, but seeing as both sc2 and d3 teams need to make an exp before they get to make a MMO, WoTHGHoD it is
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