Posted on September 16, 2008,

Diablo 3 Dev Says Fans Will "Hate" Blizzard After Next Class Unveiling

Gaming Today

Seemingly every detail of Diablo 3 has sparked a controversy, from its art style to both of the first two character classes that been revealed. It’s not surprising given the sort of diehard fanbase the game‘s predecessors have garnered, and even Diablo 3 lead designer Jay Wilson admitted to that he would hate Blizzard too if he were just a fan. But what he said after that was what really caught the eye — that the third Diablo 3 class will seem familiar to series vets.

“All the barbarian players are delighted and all the necromancers hate us. I understand, I don’t begrudge them that. I would hate me too! But what I would say is that when we announce the next class, which is quite similar to a previous class, then all those players will hate us too. You can’t make everybody happy, but I think when the game finally come out players will find there’s a good class for them, one they will love as much as the ones that came before. And if they don’t, I absolutely promise that in the expansions we’ll consider bringing back old classes. We just don’t want to do it with the first release. We want to establish our identity.”

The comparisons between the Necromancer and Witch Doctor aren’t difficult to draw, and it sounds like the next class will be another reinvention of an existing class. We know the decision to reinvent the Necromancer was simply a matter of being unable to improve any further on a class Blizzard believed to be nearly perfect. Looking at the remaining roster of Diablo II characters and looking at what Diablo III is lacking so far, it’s easy to imagine a new Sorceress-type class or a Druid-Amazon hybrid. Personally, I plan on holding out hope that this new class draws upon the Paladin. I won’t be mad if you make it happen, Blizzard. Promise.

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20 Comments on Diablo 3 Dev Says Fans Will "Hate" Blizzard After Next Class Unveiling


On September 16, 2008 at 5:27 pm

I’d be pretty pissed at a new Paladin. :evil:


On September 16, 2008 at 5:49 pm

Honestly, a lot of people cry about new features added to any franchise. Yet when it comes out, they play the hell out of it.


On September 16, 2008 at 6:27 pm

Espier is right… people should just live wit’ it. Personally, I think a Necromancer would be cool.


On September 16, 2008 at 6:36 pm

I wonder what they will do to keep the world lore in check. Almost all regions have their specific classes. I’d like to see the Vizjerai from D1. Also, if they do any demon possessed class, i will be pissed.


On September 16, 2008 at 7:34 pm

I think they will stay true to the lore. As long as they don’t up the lore of wc3 with what they did with WoW, we should be fine. As far as new classes, whatever they make I’ll play… new names for the same old classes doesn’t make a difference to me.


On September 16, 2008 at 7:53 pm

mmm druid/amazon would be amazing, oh how i long for d3 :cry:


On September 16, 2008 at 8:04 pm

… God i hate u people at blizzard… 1st… completely SCREW diablo II LOD with.. just ONE Patch and the game sucked completely :!: :!: :!: … I gave almost 4 years to that game then u ruin the game :mad: (BTW I was all PvP necro i was good friends with the Top PvP necro…. sooo u make a “Witch Doctor” and to me HAS no comparison to the necro other than the minions infact the “Witch Doctor” looks more like a FRIGGEN WARLOCK THEN A FRICKIN NECRO… U s at blizzard better RETHINK THE NECRO CLASS :twisted: …. IDIOTS


On September 16, 2008 at 9:35 pm

:cool: i like the new things made to it the new witch docter subing for a necro is good i likr there new spells the old ones were geting board as hell just dont say u hate it kuss your pvp char type is not going to be in the game then leave evrey new game of diablo thay make 20% of the players leave the game for good and 40 to 50% more players join blizzard ant loseing anaything un less u count the guys that dont like ot lose something
evreyone is saying stuff thats putting words in Jay Wilson head


On September 16, 2008 at 10:42 pm

Well personally i dont mind the changes. I like new things but at the same time i will miss necro, but as for the “dont ” people the only way a company knows how to improve their product is from feedback so i agree people shouldn’t throw hissy fits but they shoulnt just hold their tounge either… constructive criticism for the win


On September 16, 2008 at 11:30 pm

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On September 17, 2008 at 6:48 am

I like how people about Blizzard changing the game. It’s the same thing with Bethesda and Fallout 3, yet our ing isn’t justified.


On September 17, 2008 at 8:41 am

Um Duddee What does Warcraft 3 and WoW has to do with Diablo3!? Their a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT UNIVERSE!!!


On September 17, 2008 at 8:42 am

If Blizzard re-introduced the old classes, everyone ing about the new roster would be ing about how it’s “same old, same old”.

Those tossers are just whoring for attention. They, frankly, don’t know jack about how anything is going to play out yet. None of us do. So they can and and , I really don’t care – they’re just making themselves look utterly stupid. No harm done to me, I’m not the one making a fool of myself.

The simple fact is, most of the class “changes” are going to be purely aesthetic anyway. Be it a skeleton warrior or a reptilian warrior, both summoned minions do exactly the same thing. You can replace crossbows with muskets, but again, both do exactly the same thing.

Blizzard have to change the stylistic approach to reflect on how the world of Sanctuary has changed since Diablo II, for plot reasons. Time has passed since Diablo got his ass handed to him, and that’s a fact; believing that a world stays completely stagnant despite the passage of time isn’t suspension of disbelief, it’s simple gullibility. They know that, and we know that.

The world changes, and Blizzard have to show this, otherwise the lore of their series – the lore y’all seem so eager to protect – is going to be thrown right out the window.

Vulture is entirely right, it’s not justified. In fact, I’d personally go so far to say that not only is it clueless whining, it’s also a complete and utter waste of your time and energy.

And now with that done, a message for this article’s resident ‘tard:
Firstly, no one cares. You’re taking the bratty approach, and as much as I empathise with your cause I find myself unable to empathise with your means. No one cares about your tantrums. If you were being reasonable then maybe people would listen.

Secondly, if you want EA to listen, grow some balls and stop acting like a spoiled kid. They’re not going to listen to you unless you can prove that you’re either on their level, or that you’re the better man in this argument. Be rational and they’ll talk to you; whine at them like a spoiled brat, they’ll ignore you, and rightly so. I would too.

Thirdly, spamming that bollocks everywhere is NOT going to gain you more support. It’s going to piss people off. There’s a proper time and a proper place, and here’s a major clue for you; none of the places you’ve been spamming are remotely related to EA, and thus your crap doesn’t belong in those places. Save it for when it’s relevant, please.

Fourth, only a criminal would be rendered unable to play the game because of the DRM in the first place. Anyone who owns a legitimate copy can have the DRM removed with ease. It doesn’t paint the legitimate owners as criminals, it prevents the criminals from using the software while allowing legitimate ones to continue using it.

I’m no big fan of the DRM either, it’s a pain in the ass given that I frequently reformat.

But frankly you anti-DRM lot aren’t even getting your facts straight, and for that reason alone you should give it up and leave the diplomacy to people who actually know what they’re talking about, understand the system, and are capable of behaving like mature individuals.

Because, those people might actually be able to accomplish something. You, on the other hand, and the other brats out there, are just wasting yours and everyone else’s time with your silly ‘anarchy’ game.

There’s a *reason* you don’t see any anarchists these days. They realised just how useless anarchy is, and that it will never help them accomplish their objectives.

Intelligently pointing out the fundamental flaws in the system and then counter-balancing them against all the facts is far more likely to show EA why it needs revising, than spitting out your dummy and crying “Waaaaaaaaa I don’t like it! Do not want!”.


On September 17, 2008 at 12:44 pm

It will be the COW MASTER, i’m pretty sure of it.


On September 17, 2008 at 3:37 pm

Damn stupid hardcore Diablo fans. If you don’t like where D3 is heading, then don’t buy and play the game when it comes out. Simple. D3 and Dragon Age are the two RPG games I’m looking forward to.


On September 17, 2008 at 3:43 pm

wtf are yall idiots crying about for the already known class ? there’s nothing to *ucking complain about so stfu noobs, ppl were crying when d3 was was announced for a ing long while then when its finnally announced ppl cry at the ing class ?? wtf is this ing bull


On September 17, 2008 at 5:33 pm

@ hekynn, maybe cause its all the same ing company and the WoW group is the group making diablo 3. U FAIL.
I hope they change the cow level… to the manbearpig level <3.


On September 18, 2008 at 8:23 am

New Diablo 3 class is now confirmed to be Death Knight. See main Blizz page.


On September 18, 2008 at 9:19 am



On August 3, 2009 at 5:56 am

New classes are a good point of view for a new release,smart thinking adding old if needed in axpensions, drm potential killer because controversie, i would not go so far as not to buy it (blizzard standerd has its price, and reluctenly own GTA 4)but stil pain the ass for i only have internet trough mobile phone i could cost a LOT to activate, in maintime and many months after going to play already legendary DA:O , Blizzard in my eyes stil commands respect for Dev a Franchise rather then watching the cash flow in from WOW (pardon bad english not my native language)