Diablo 3 to be a “Casual” Game
There has been some confusion about how difficult or “hardcore” Diablo 3 would be after Blizzard announced that they wanted the game to be “accessible.” Confusion leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to trolling. In classic internet overreaction fashion, some fans raged that the game would be too easy.
In a reply on the Battle.Net forums, Bashiok, the Diablo 3 community manager, clarified the matter:
There’s also a lot of different ideas about what “casual” means. It’s different for everyone.
Casual, in our minds, generally means that you can choose to jump into a game at any time, on any day, play for a relatively small amount of time, and make some kind of progress. Diablo II was a casual game, as is Diablo III. You can, of course, sit and play for 6 hours straight if you like, but the ability to jump in, kill some monsters, and get something out of it (drops, XP, story progression) makes it ‘casually approachable’. You won’t be able to keep up with the people that dedicate more time to it, of course, but you’ll still be able to make meaningful progress.
That’s what allows it to be casual, purely depending on the amount of time someone can put toward playing.
As far as accessible vs. easy, we attempt to instill all of our games with an easy to learn, difficult to master approach.
Take-home message? Diablo 3 will be just as accessible/casual as Diablo 2. No more, no less. Put down your pitchforks and blow out your torches. When the closed beta starts (soon), you’ll see for yourself.