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“Diablo III” is shaping up to be a fine addition to the series. The demo Blizzard offered at BlizzCon was smooth, looked wonderful and — most importantly — built on the point-and-click Diablo interface without becoming cluttered or complicated.
We also talked with “Diablo III” Game Director Jay Wilson. While time was tight, we had a chance to go over some of the guiding principles behind the game as well as how the developers are tackling some of the thorny class issues from “Diablo II.”
One of Wilson’s goals with “Diablo III” is to expand the game’s role-playing nature. The core gameplay, he said, is still action — and our time playing the demo supports that — but Blizzard was looking to strengthen what role-playing elements, like quests and storyline elements, that help define the series. Read the rest of this entry »