Diablo III Officially Announced!

Our prayers have been answered! Just the past day, Blizzard Entertainment finally revealed that the big announcement they’ve been teasing all week was, in fact, the formal introduction of Diablo III! The long, long, LOOOONG-awaited sequel to Blizzard’s best-selling, monstrously popular dungeon crawler and epic fantasy adventure has finally been confirmed! 1Up kinda sorta gave it away yesterday with their educated guess, but well, now all the speculation can end.

A true gaming classic, Diablo II has had undeniable influence on fantasy games and the genre of action RPGs in general since it ruled PCs and Macs years ago, and though many other titles have tried, none have quite reached the addictive, life-encompassing obsession that game could inspire in gamers. Man, I didn’t just play Diablo II… I lived it.

Surprisingly enough, the game looks, at first glance, to be very similar visually to its predecessor, with the far-away, top-down, isometric view of the precedings, with your character traversing various realms filled with snarling, hostile rabble. Mainly about the human world’s battle to survive against the demonic Prime Evils (one of which is the titular Diablo), the new game will be set 20 years after the events in the last game (which ended in the defeat of Diablo’s brother, Baal) and sees ominous portents pointing to the return of the big horned one. Some characters from the past games will return, most notably Deckard Cain, the aged wandering chronicler who followed the hero’s exploits before. Of the character classes, the Barbarian will return for sure, along with a new class called a Witch Doctor. Players will be able to create male or female versions of their adventurers, and there will be a greater amount of customization than before.

Aside from that, there’s still precious little information, but surely more will be forthcoming soon. It’s safe to say we won’t be seeing Diablo III on store shelves anytime soon (Starcraft II will be out before then), but at the very least… we know it’s real. Man, good times. For now, maybe it’s time to dust off the old Diablo II box and get crawling again…

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