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The Lore Of Diablo III
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Hellforge has published a new interview with Blizzard Entertainment's Leonard Boyarsky about the company's upcoming action RPG sequel, Diablo III. In the interview the developer discussed the lore and storyline within the game and how the Diablo III team attempts to remain true to the previous games while adding new chapters to the tale.

With regards to the NPCs again. I’m going back there. Will there be any specific quests or missions related to the player classes?
Leonard Boyarsky: Right now we’re still working out the main flow of the gameplay for the co-op, for your group. But, the way we like to look at it is each character, each class really sees the story from their own perspective. There’s gonna be lore, there’s gonna be things that you encounter in the world that will really affect the characters differently. As far as quests or specific missions, we’re exploring that and we’d really like to include that stuff but that’s kind of up in the air in terms of how that will play out specifically.

Do you also draw inspiration from your previous games – for example Vampire or Fallout?
Leonard Boyarsky: One of the most interesting things for me is that Diablo has a very distinctive voice and you know it’s really something that we’re trying to stick to. We really want to get that feel of the horror – the underlying psychological horror. At its basis it’s an action game, so there’s only so much of that kind of feel you can kind of get. But I think Diablo 1 did it really well , and I think that it’s one of the things we really wanna hit.
Whereas, I think some of my past games I’ve been a bit more flippant in some of the dialogue writing. It’s just a different style, and we really wanna be true to that, and we really wanna make the dialogue as quality as possible, but we really wanna evoke the psychological horror feeling. You know, the whole Lovecraftian vibe of the universe. There’s all this stuff going on behind the scenes that’s just waiting to crush man.
Check out the entire Q&A at the page listed below.

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