Something BIG has erupted in the gaming community over the past weekend. After years of speculation and stops and starts, the most anticipated gaming sequel was finally announced: all hail Diablo III!
I am of course excited by the announcement. The Diablo franchise was the first that got me into PC gaming, way back in 1997. This action role playing game is perhaps one of the simplest to play: if you can click a mouse, you can play Diablo! No wonder it is one of the most popular PC game in history, with a stagerring 18.5 million copies sold worldwide
The original game Diablo (1997) centres around a lone hero as he battles to rid world of the eponymous Lord of Terror, beneath the town of Tristram, in the land of Sanctuary.
In the sequel and expansion pack, Diablo II (2000) and Diablo II: Lord of Destruction (2001), we follow a new set of heroes to pursue Diablo (he lives!) as he races across the world of Sanctuary to reunite with his brothers Mephisto, the Lord of Hatred and Baal, the Lord of Destruction. Twist: How did Diablo reemerged, you ask? none other than from the embodiment of the lone hero in the first game!
Now, in the latest installation, we follow another set of heroes (some old, some new) as they reenter the world of Sanctuary some 20 years later to unravel new mysteries brewing ... is Diablo unleashing his wrath unto mankind once more? Time will tell...
(notice how the graphics get more canggih with each sequel? I like)
Diablo III has no release date yet, and its developer Blizzard Entertainment will only release it when its ready... In the meantime, ill be playing perhaps its closest cousin, Hellgate:London (incidentally created by the makers of Diablo and Diablo II). Let the clickfest begin!