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Published on November 19th, 2010 | by Richard Motokovsky

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Diablo 3 – Preview

Diablo III was first announced at the 2008 Worldwide Invitational in Paris, and Blizzard’s latest game is now again dominating the announcements spot, this time at BlizzCon 2010 in Anaheim. During the opening ceremony, Chris Metzen spent some time focusing on the game, revealing the fifth class in the form of the Demon Hunter and demonstrating a shiny cinematic, then he thrilled the crowd with the announcement of PvP action in special arenas.

Blizzard are aiming for a gladiatorial feel, with all the violence that entails

As for a release date, it’s still ‘When It’s Done’, yet the fact that the Demon Hunter is the final class means we could expect the game to ship sooner rather than later. The world of Sanctuary is coming together at last.

The five classes (Monk, Barbarian, Wizard, Witch Doctor and, of course, Demon Hunter) present players with a choice of play styles, from ranged DPS to caster and tanking, which are sure to be familiar to players of WoW or Diablo II. These classes are familiar enough to make it easy for new players to come in and join the game running.

The Demon Hunter cinematic gave a taste of what this ranged class can do, as well as offering another tantalizing glimpse at the gameplay. Demons will run scared as arrows fly and it’s nice to remember than Sanctuary is rife with them. The class comes with a range of offensive abilities, including Fan of Knives, Molton Arrow, Bola, Grenade and Entangling Shot.

The different classes offer a mix of play styles and does not make them equal, and the addition of PvP arenas will offer a much more casual kind of PvP than WoW players, for example, are used to. But don’t let this mislead you into thinking that it’s going to be all pillowfights, Blizzard are aiming for a gladiatorial feel, with all the violence that entails.

This is PvP, the chance to show your friends and enemies who’s boss as you wander the lush world of Sanctuary, fighting demons and exploring dungeons. So be sure to take some time out and head down to an arena.

If you’ve never done any PvP before then fret not, as the game will teach you how to play, and the arenas themselves offer their own challenges. And, as a perk, you can win achievements and titles. You can duel with your friends and use the arena terrain to your advantage. The choice is up to you, as long as you smack down your opponent and bring down the wrath of the high heavens upon them.

While this BlizzCon was a little light on announcements – what with World of Warcraft: Cataclysm coming out on December 7th and the cinematic being revealed a few days before BlizzCon itself – but for Diablo III fans, it was a chance to see even more of the game.

There might not yet be word on the release date, or if there will be a beta but this latest adventure in the franchise is beginning to feel more complete that we can only hope a release date won’t be too far in the future.

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