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Friday, March 30, 2001

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Diablo II Q&A with Bill Roper
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EuroGamer has posted the second half of an interview with Blizzard's Bill Roper about the upcoming add-on, Diablo II: Lord of Destruction. In the article, Roper discusses various issues surrounding the expansion like new features, why they are adding 100 servers in Korea, and general security. He also reveals why they didn't add in certain features like a deathmatching mode. Here's an excerpt:

"It was a great idea that we came up with - we'll have these arenas that people can combat in - but we didn't really plan it out very well at the beginning", Bill admitted. "So when we tried to implement it in the expansion we realised that we wouldn't be able to do it justice, and people would probably be disappointed."

"We would have to have a way for people to gamble, so we would have to have some variation on the secure trading type thing where you can put items up. We'd have to have an area for it, and we'd want people to be able to come in and watch you battle. That got very strange on what we would have to do to make it work the way that we thought people would want it to work. And then we looked at how many people would really use it, and out of all the surveys it was a fairly small percentage of even the core players."

The rest of the interview gives some interesting new information on the game, so be sure to head over and have a read through it.

The Lord of Destruction expansion will add a fifth act and two new character classes to Diablo II. Blizzard hopes to have the Mac version out soon after the PC later this summer.

Bill Roper Interview at EuroGamer
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Diablo II: Lord of Destruction

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