Four of five classes are now revealed, three weeks ahead of the launch of Diablo 3
Blizzard have revealed the latest class for Diablo 3. It’s called The Witch Doctor
Diablo 3 release May 15 – three weeks exactly from today – and Blizzard have revealed the latest class for the game: The Witch Doctor. More information will be available later today on Diablo3.com today.
The Witch Doctor is basically a Necromancer, built around casting spells and summoning creatures from the underworld. In the spotlight trailer Blizzard release, The Witch can summon poisonous toads, bats on fire and and a giant creature called a Gargantuan that plows through anything (particularly enemies that are heavily armored).
The Witch Doctor doesn’t really combat enemies head, but uses indirect spells that alter enemy behaviour. An example is Horrify, which causes enemies to run away. Another is Mass Confusion, which causes enemies to fight against each other. It’ll be interesting to see how many enemies Mass Confusion can affect at once, which could potentially be devastating.
More beta invites, a week left
Blizzard has also recently it will end beta access on May 1, but has thrown out an additional 275,000 beta invites for late-to-the-game players. That’s likely because the May 15 launch date in North America and Europe, so there isn’t too long to wait.
Some changes that have been brought into Diablo 3 are the ability to pick up gold without having to click on it, which is pretty major, and health orbs that drop from enemies replace the traditional health bar. Skills can also be changed completely through Skill Runes, which can modify abilities to have different effects. So, will poisonous toads becomes exploding toads?
The game is also open for free last weekend to everyone, as part of a stress test, so no doubt work productivity rapidly declined or people conveniently took sick days on Friday.
If you don’t know what Diablo3 is, it’s an action RPG that brings together elements of a dungeon crawler in an isometric view (looking down on the player, but also slightly behind).
More information on Diablo3 can be found at Diablo3.com, where the game can be download for around 15GB if you have a lucky beta invite.