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Posted 11 October 2009 - 09:24 PM

Diii.net recently posted more of an interview with Blizzard Entertainment's Jay Wilson about Diablo III, the upcoming continuation of its action RPG franchise. The Q&A focused on the recently announced Monk class. Diablo III will return the players to the world of Sanctuary, once again under threat from demonic powers.

Diii.net: We saw 8 Monk skills at BlizzCon (all detailed in Diablo Wiki). All were melee offensive or defensive. Can you give us some idea of what other skills the character will have at his disposal?
Jay Wilson: Most of the Monkís skills will focus on combat skills and attacks, along with his various escape skills. And we talked at Blizzcon that weíre likely to put some defensive and supportive abilities on him. Possibly Auras. Weíve not done the next round of skills on him yet so weíre not exactly sure.

Diii.net: Really? Thatís handy, since I was also going to ask if heíd have any co-op or party-boosting skills.
Jay Wilson: We definitely want to do that with one class. Whether or not itís the Monk hasnít yet been decided. The Monk does seem to be the logical choice. The only reason we might not do with him is that heís too logical.

Diii.net: The Monk has a staff and the fist weapons. Will he have any weapon specific skills? Like dual wielding with just the fist weapons?
Jay Wilson: Weíre talking about that. One of the things weíve talked about with the Monk is that a lot of his skills donít really use his weapons. So heís doing melee skills with his weapons almost holstered. For instance, Debilitating ... I think itís called Crippling Wave now. We change them a lot and I get mixed up on the titles. Anyway, the Crippling Wave skill seems like it should be a staff skill. Itís kind of AoE, he does it and affects a lot of guys around him. So itís a possibility that weíll do skills and redefine them based on combat styles and have those styles have a weapon preference.

Diii.net: That was a question that I saw in our forums, people were wondering how the monk could use heavy plate mail and still do all of his high motion combo attacks.
Jay Wilson: Well we do different versions of armor for every character. The Diablo II Sorceress could use heavy plate mail without actually looking like she was covered in heavy plate mail. For us, our focus is to make sure that every character has armor that they look cool in. So the Monkís armor isnít going to look like heavy plate armor. Itís going to look like a shirt, what our imagination of what the Monkís armor could be. Itís definitely going to be equipment, but heís not going to look like heís covered in metal, like the barb is likely to look.
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