28/06/2008 01:30:07 PM

After weeks of speculation, Blizzard has officially announced Diablo III at its World Wide Invitational event in Paris.


Said to feature more quests than ever, the game will feature old standards such as Deckard Cain, as well as a new class dubbed the Witch Doctor. The jungle-born warrior will use ancient tribal magic to cast disease-type spells, in addition to pets such as locust swarms and Mongrels.

Diablo III will also include several control improvements, including full zoom capability and a hotbar to easily access skills. Players will be able to quickswap between skills using the mouse or tab key.

Armor will now be class-specific, designed to provide each character a unique look. Classes themselves will now be more diverse, as it was noted that there will be female versions of both the Barbarian and Witch Doctor.

In a demo of the Barbarian class, the company noted that less of an emphasis will be placed on potions for health. Instead, red orb-like items will drop that immediately recover health once the player picks them up.

Environmental destruction was also shown off, with a character at one point busting through a solid wall. The environment can also be used to kill enemies.


Diablo III was strongly rumored to be the announced project for some time. An icy splash image on Blizzard.com began a slow reveal earlier in the week, leading some to believe the major announcement would pertain to the World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King. But in a slowly surprising twist, the image actually revealed the face of Diablo, culminating in this morning's news.

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