Has it been long enough since Diablo II? I remember when I was one of the first beta testers because I worked on a popular StarCraft fansite, and had early release copies of StarCraft: BroodWar and Diablo 2. That was back in 1999, over 12 years ago.
The 3rd installment of Blizzard North’s Diablo series is set to be released in just two months. The announcement was made for the game back in 2008, and it comes as no surprise with Blizzard that quality games take a lifetime to create. Literally. Decades, in this case. Diablo II was released in 2000, and the first Diablo came out in 1996. And here I thought Duke Nukem was bad…
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The game takes place in Sanctuary, the dark fantasy world of the Diablo series. This world was saved twenty years prior by a handful of unnamed heroes in Diablo II, heroes who, having survived the onslaught brought by the armies of the Burning Hells, have gone mad from their ordeals. It is up to a new generation of heroes to face the forces of evil threatening the world of Sanctuary.
Players will have the opportunity to explore familiar settings such as Tristram. The only confirmed NPCs are Deckard Cain, who has appeared in both of the previous games, and his niece, Leah, a new character who accompanies the hero in quests from time to time. The plot will revolve around two surviving Lesser Evils, Azmodan and Belial, and an artifact known as the Black Soulstone. Diablo’s world map is composed primarily of two main continents with several small islands in the Northwest region. The world of Sanctuary has been dramatically changed by the events of Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, for the destruction of the World Stone underneath Mount Arreat has reshaped the world’s geography.