Diablo 3, while featured completely in 3D with a 3D environment, will follow closely in Diablo II’s track by using the classic isometric view, fast gameplay, and randomized content for high replayability. Some changes have been made in order to make the game more welcoming to new players, to ramp up the difficulty more smoothly, and to create a “deep and engaging” combat system. The Diablo III developers took inspiration from previous games in the series, as well as World of Warcraft, and other different games such as Zelda and God of War. Remember that if you’re a newcomer to Diablo, you can find more related articles in the Basics Category.
Blizzard confirmed that the game would ship with five characters, then introduced them over the first three years of development. They are the Barbarian, Demon Hunter, Monk, Witch Doctor, and Wizard. All five classes will be playable in male or female versions. The gender difference is purely cosmetic; male and female characters have identical stats and abilities. The classes are very distinct from one another in look and function. All items of armor have a different appearance on each class (there are even some inter-class gender differences, mainly in the chest armor for obvious reasons). The skills are even more different, with around 25 entirely unique active skills for each class. Many of the passive skills were shared between classes during development, but over time they all differentiated as well.
Though all five classes for Diablo 3 have been revealed, additional classes will be added in the expansions. See the Other classes article for Blizzard quotes on their additional character ideas. The Barbarian is the one returning class is still a mighty brawler, but he’s gained countless new tricks, with only a few skills returning, and all of them modified in various ways. This is the Diablo 3 Basics page, which is the main Fact Sheet of known Diablo III information. This much-anticipated sequel to Diablo and Diablo II was announced at Blizzard’s WWI 2008 inParis, during 27-28 June, 2008. Regardless if you just heard that Diablo III is announced, or if you have been following some of the Diablo 3 news, this page will get you up to speed!