While every fan of classic dungeon-crawlers and RPGs is awaiting a bit more information on an official release date for Diablo 3, Blizzard is remaining quiet. But in the absence of a light at the end of the development tunnel, there is still joy to be found. Even if you know exactly what to expect from the game, we can now show you almost an hour’s worth of the Diablo 3 Beta gameplay.
Whether you were old enough to spend hours and hours scouring the dungeons of Diablo 2, or only know of the series through hushed whispers that claim it represents a lost age of RPG excellence, Diablo 3 is worth watching. While the development team may not have strayed too far from the existing formula for the third installment, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
We’re firm believers in the ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ mentality where basic mechanics are concerned, and this new gameplay video of Diablo 3 is proof that Blizzard agrees. The previously released Beta footage once again showed that the studio that brought us World of Warcraft has found their own style, and look to make the most of it.
But screenshots and menus are nothing compared to real footage, so feast your eyes on fifty minutes of Diablo 3 gameplay, following the magical death-dealing of the wizard class:
To understand the joy and addictive nature of an RPG one needs to play it, but watching Beta footage will be the next best thing for most. The video gives a good idea of the art style, quest delivery, and spectacular narration, but there are still lingering questions. Hopefully the next few weeks will give a closer look at the looting and crafting in action, and if we’re lucky, an official 2012 launch date.
What do you think of the Diablo 3 gameplay? Are you glad to see a game that will be instantly familiar to old fans, or were you hoping the years of development would result in a brand new direction?
Diablo 3 is currently expected to have a 2012 release for the PC and Mac.
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