Everything We Know about Diablo 3
With Diablo 3 releasing May 15th, a decade-long wait is nearly over. Officially announced at the Blizzard Worldwide Invitational in Paris, France on June 28, 2008, D3 is one of the most anticipated PC games of all time.
While Blizzard previously stated they would not release D3 on consoles, they have since reneged on that statement and are actively working toward bringing a console version to life.
D3 will offer no official mod support and will require a persistent internet connection; coupled with a real-money auction house, the game has spurred controversy amongst the fan base.
Story & Setting
Diablo 2′s expansion pack, Lord of Destruction, left off with the apparent annihilation of the Worldstone, an artifact fought over by the forces of the High Heavens and the Burning Hells.
The game’s mortal world, named Sanctuary, was kept hidden from the heavens and hells by the Worldstone, but Baal corrupted the artifact such that it would drain the world of its power and allow the forces of the Burning Hells to pour into Sanctuary.
Tyrael, the Archangel of Justice, decided the corrupt Worldstone must be destroyed, and the full effects of this decision remain unknown.
Twenty years have elapsed between D2 and D3. With Sanctuary no longer hidden from the heavens and hells, the world’s mortals had prepared for an invasion upon the Worldstone’s destruction — an invasion that seemingly never came to fruition.
Diablo 3 kicks off in New Tristram, a town built by the ruins of Old Tristram, the settlement destroyed in Diablo 1 and visited in D2. The old Tristram Cathedral — Diablo 1′s dungeon — will be visited in D3. From Tristram, players will explore many locations in the world of Sanctuary.
Both Deckard Cain and Tyrael return from D2 and will play prominent roles in D3, with Cain actively seeking to discover why the forces of hell have not invaded. Despite being killed in Diablo 2, Diablo himself has been officially confirmed to be in D3 and is depicted in cinematics and artwork.
Diablo‘s appearance in D3 differs greatly from his incarnation in D1 and D2. In the series’ first two installments, the creature we saw as Diablo was a possessed human, whereas in D3, we may be seeing his true form.
Two Lesser Evils will appear in D3: Belial, Lord of Lies, and Azmodan, Lord of Sin. Belial will appear in Act 2, while Azmodan is rumored to be the game’s main antagonist.
Diablo 3 is set to end the storyline that began in the original Diablo; however, it will not mark the end of the series. Blizzard plans to release at least one, if not multiple expansion packs.
Each of the five playable classes has a backstory that will be revealed throughout the game, as do the three NPC followers. Followers will have conversations with your character during play, revealing backstory.
Cinematics will contribute to D3′s narrative, and we can expect the game to have at least as many cinematics as D2. Just like D2, D3′s story will be told across four Acts, with each Act lasting roughly as long as its D2 equivalent.