Skills and Guns

@Diablo and Bashiok broke a period of silence to give us some useful and interesting information today.

In regards to skills, @Diablo had this to say in response to a question about the available number of active skills per character.

Official Blizzard Quote:

Diablo: @crafty_deluxe Wizard has the most with 25, the rest have either 21 or 22. Currently. Abilities will likely change before release.
Whether or not this will mean different skills, a different number of skills, or only different rune effects is unknown. Chances are that no skills will be removed, and seeing as this comment is in response to a question about the number of active skills, chances are that not all skills have been revealed or there are skills still in development. As soon as there is any elaboration on the subject we'll be sure to let you know.

Yesterday, when the class pages went up on the Diablo III official site, some people noticed that the - Demon Hunter Demon Hunter's page seemed to suggest that they were able to use guns. Although skills such as - Evasive Fire Evasive Fire's crimson rune effect mention the use of bullets, Bashiok cleared up the issue completely and let us know that guns will not appear in Diablo III.

Official Blizzard Quote:

Demon hunters are able to pepper the battlefield with scores of arrows and projectiles, or snipe distant enemies with a precision undreamt of by other heroes. Their arsenal includes longbows, guns, grenades, hand-thrown weapons, and even dual-wielded crossbows.
Today, Bashiok cleared up the confusion that resulted, breaking a stretch of silence from the blues other than replies to technical issues.

Official Blizzard Quote:

There are no guns in Diablo. Shame on anyone who wants otherwise! SHAME.

It's an error in the text, and will be corrected.
So fortunately for some (hopefully most) and unfortunately for others, the Diablo III team has reaffirmed its view that guns don't fit in Diablo. Are you disappointed or happy that whole scare is over? Let us know in the thread below.


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