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Diablo III: Game Difficulty, Unannounced Classes
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Diablo III community manager Bashiok's latest forum comments once again offer clues to the gameplay of Blizzard Entertainment's upcoming return to the action RPG franchise. This time the discussion centers on the game's difficulty relative to Diablo II, and on how original the unannounced character classes will be.

On Game Difficulty:
We aren’t looking to make the game any easier, we’re shooting for Diablo II difficulty more or less for normal. It’s an easy ramp up, pretty much anyone regardless of if they’ve ever played a game before or not can get in and start clicking on monsters and kill them with little trouble.
Then you have the new difficulty levels that unlock, and the game really forces you to move beyond the “easy to learn” portion and into the “difficult to master”.
Actually some of the things that made/make Diablo II extremely difficult later on are usually due to bugs or design/balance issues, so it’s hard to compare overall difficulty at those later difficulties with a completely new game. But in short, no, we’re not planning on the game being any “easier”. We’ve only said that we’re shooting for a similar difficulty ramp in normal mode.
There are currently no plans to require more than one person to complete any areas of the game.

On Character Class Originality:
There are a few archetypes of classic fantasy characters. Expecting us to do something completely outside of those archetypes for the sake of trying to be original is unnecessary, and would probably lead to something that’s just ridiculous and not fun, or difficult to design - let alone balance.
I’m not sure I can discuss much more without showing our hand. But! I think we’ll have at least one class in the game that will appeal to everyone. And that’s sort of the goal with the core game, hit those main archetypes that everyone can identify with. “Hey, a Wizard… I’m pretty sure I know what that’s all about without even seeing it.” Any potential expansions are probably where you’d try out something not of a core archetype like, say, an assassin or druid. ;P
The witch doctor is a bit riskier, and I think sometimes written off as just a twist on the necromancer, but no one has really seen most of his abilities and the flavor he brings. He still has a lot left for people to discover.
Head over to Blizzplanet and DIII.net at the links below to read more.

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