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« on: February 25, 2006, 03:53:08 PM »

It looks like the Diablo III rumor mill has started up once again with a seemingly innocent post on the jobs section of the Blizzard web site. A few days ago they posted a job for an art director and various leads to join "the team behind Diablo I and II" for "an unannounced PC project." I have been getting some inquires since then if Blizzard is indeed working on Diablo III and when is it going to come out?

Well, before I answer let me mention a few things. First, I don't want to get any of my friends at Blizzard in trouble, so from instead of mentioning "Diablo III" let's call this theoretical game "Beelzebub 3" and instead of "Blizzard" let's call them "Snowstorm". Second, my information is quality stuff, but it is a little old, so take that with a gain of salt. Third, err, well, there is no third, so let's get into what I know!

Let's the obvious out of way, "Snowstorm" is indeed working on "Beelzebub 3". Not only are they working on it, but they have been working on this game for no less than the past four years. In fact, "Snowstorm North" nearly completed the game several years ago, but what they developed just "wasn't fun" and been quietly reworked. This was actually one of the key reasons why Snowstorm North was closed and everyone was relocated to Irvine-based Snowstorm, so that the bigwigs in Irvine could better track and follow the development of Beelzebub 3.

As for what to expect in to see in Beelzebub 3, believe it or not but those rumors that were floating around a few months ago about the game were fairly accurate (by the way, I have no idea who started these rumors or where they came from). According to the rumors:


"Diablo 3 takes place in heaven. Hell is trying to take it over and it is AWESOME looking Imagine the brightness of heaven being taken over by the darkness of hell Imagine WoW but in a Diablo world in amount of size and playability Also, guild housing is available in this game for those of you who know about it."
This information was pretty dead-on. It is true that Beelzebub 3 will be done in true 3D and it did indeed look freaking awesome. It is also true that Beelzebub 3 features a story between the conflicts of Heaven and Hell and contains a very cool feature where every single item in the game can change between a "light" version and a "dark" version. However this was also one of the problems with the original version of the game. Other than the ability for any item to visually change from light to dark it didn't affect the actual stats of the item or change the gameplay in any way. So the game has gone through a total rework to inject some "fun" into the gameplay and to make it feel like the Beelzebubs of old.

The core gameplay Beelzebub 3 will play pretty much like Beelzebub 1 and 2, but the game world will be much larger and provide a much deeper experience -- many more items, more levels when you go through the game for first time, more skills, more of everything. In addition, the multiplayer aspect will be greatly enhanced from the past installments and don't be surprised to see more than a couple of WoW-based concepts to leak over into the Beelzebub 3 universe ... such as two opposing factions (Alliance and Horde = Heaven and Hell), enhanced guild functionality, and maybe even mounts?!

As for when Beelzebub 3 will released, that one is easy to answer ... when it's done. Snowstorm is in no rush to finish this game and will release it only after they feel it's perfect. And after the fiasco of StarCraft: Ghost -- which has been announced for years and is currently going through its second round of redesign and reprogramming -- Snowstorm is in no rush to announce Beelzebub 3. Don't except an announcement until the game is near completion.

But there is some good news; that "leak" on the Snowstorm jobs page was no accident. If they are starting to leak information about Beelzebub 3 then they are starting to get closer to a final release. Of course for Snowstorm something "getting close" can mean two years from now.

Hopefully that will hold everyone over for the short term. Hopefully Beelzebub 3 will be announced at the next E3, I'll try to find out more before then and give everyone the dirt as I get it.

Source[/u=http://www.gamingsteve.com/archives/2006/02/rumor_diablo_ii.php]

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« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2006, 08:01:54 PM »

All I can say is "Yay!!!" and right after that "I hope they don't make it much like a MMORPG".
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« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2006, 08:16:13 PM »

And i'll add "I hope they improve the Gameplay over "click enemy, kill enemy""
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« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2006, 02:41:32 AM »

I hope Act 3 won't be as dreadful Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2006, 02:58:47 AM »

Friggin' fetishes.
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« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2006, 01:51:09 PM »

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Let's the obvious out of way, "Snowstorm" is indeed working on "Beelzebub 3". Not only are they working on it, but they have been working on this game for no less than the past four years. In fact, "Snowstorm North" nearly completed the game several years ago, but what they developed just "wasn't fun" and been quietly reworked.


If that's the case then Jason was on board when they made the first draft. Since we don't want to put anyone in trouble I ask this to the public. Do you think Jason might have done some music for "Beelzebub 3" before he left the company?
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« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2006, 07:14:26 PM »

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Let's the obvious out of way, "Snowstorm" is indeed working on "Beelzebub 3". Not only are they working on it, but they have been working on this game for no less than the past four years. In fact, "Snowstorm North" nearly completed the game several years ago, but what they developed just "wasn't fun" and been quietly reworked.


If that's the case then Jason was on board when they made the first draft. Since we don't want to put anyone in trouble I ask this to the public. Do you think Jason might have done some music for "Beelzebub 3" before he left the company?


I doubt it.

If Matt Uelmen is the in-game composer once-more, and if the game has actually been under development, then it is conceivable that he has been working on the soundtrack throuhgout the development process of the game, but Jason would probably have worked on it only after the cinematics were completed (keeping in mind that you require at least a rough cut of a film before you can score the soundtrack for it). If the project has been under development, I would not believe that they would have had sufficient cinematics developed by the time that Jason left last year (or was it the year before?).
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« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2006, 02:01:28 PM »

Well I would like to hear some "Sound" from Beelzebub 3 Tongue

Hell, i even heared that Blizzard "sold" Beelzebub 3 to some othe company. But i doubt it, cuz Blizzard isn't like that.
Let's put it this way.

D2 = Small amout of money
Wc3 = Well, let's say Money
WoW = Bill Gates here we come!
Beelzebub 3 = Who's Bill Gates?
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« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2006, 10:07:07 AM »

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Hell, i even heared that Blizzard "sold" Beelzebub 3 to some othe company. But i doubt it...


It is very unlikely for Blizzard to sell Beelzebub 3 to another company. In fact Blizzard filed a trademark for Beelzebub on the 9th of December 2005 which means they still have the game under development.

If you want evidence then follow these directions on how to get to that trademark page are posted below:

1. click the link, --> http://www.uspto.gov/ebc/indexebc.html

2. You will see three columns: Patents, Trademarks, other. Click search(TESS) under the Trademarks column and Trademark EBusiness

3. Click 'New User Form Search (basic)'

4. Fill in 'Blizzard,' for the 'Search Term.'  Note: Be sure to assign 'Owner name and address' for the 'Field' parameter!

5. Look for 'Diablo.' It should be the first one (There is one for Diablo I, II, and one for LOD).

5. Click 'Diablo'
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« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2006, 10:21:36 AM »

And, this might work better if we associate it with World of WarCraft, but hey... Diablo III Beta Test anyone???

http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=576
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« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2006, 11:42:55 AM »

This image started the whole rumor in the first place as far as I know. Clearly it doesn't look like the famous 'Beelzebub' that we all know but it's close.

Anyway, as far as I dig up, it's a fake image folks, probably a fan-made art (it's to Snowstrom's concept arts though)

Just put it into Google and see it yourself, the number of rumors are unbelieveable. I hope this year's E3 or Blizzcoin shall reveal some exciting news. World of WarCraft, Burning Crusade and StarCraft Ghost are fine... but I personaly wait for a new, Offline playable, PC game. Diablo III is most likely to be the title as I'm sure they won't start StarCraft 2 before Ghost is released and we already had enough of WarCrafts really.
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« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2006, 11:50:06 AM »

Just to finish it up... I wonder how Diablo is going to be back in this installment. I mean Diablo was killed in Hell at the end of the second game and... well if you die in Hell... where could you be after that??? south park, maybe?
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« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2006, 12:22:15 PM »

Very possibly...
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« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2006, 04:31:46 PM »

Thanks Sylvos!

There are still 2 minions left. I think it would be called "Lord of Lies" or but more possibly "Lord of THE Lies", becouse it would be silly to call a game "D3: LoL" Tongue , i think one of the minions is call Balail, and the other one strats  with letter "A" he has a cool name. Heck, have to lay D1 again :roll:
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« Reply #14 on: March 14, 2009, 07:55:46 AM »

Does anyone have any thoughts now that the cinematic teaser and gameplay video have been released? I know it was released a while ago, but nobody's mentioned it in here yet. Wink

And Diablo appears to be some three-headed demonic monster thingy.

From what I remember of the gameplay video (which I watched a second time a week or so ago), the in-game music inside a cathedral/catacomb thing featured the Diablo theme fairly prominently. As far as I could tell it was original music. And since Matt Uelmen's still working for Blizzard (I assume, since he worked on The Burning Crusade, I'm guessing it's his work.
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