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Chris Metzen Interview @ G4TV

Posted 11 Aug 2011 by

This one went up last week but I’d overlooked it until now. It’s a short video interview of Blizzard’s Lore guy and fashion icon DiabloWikiChris Metzen, speaking Red shirt guy is watchingsome of the Diablo III story stuff. There’s nothing spoiler-y in this; no specifics about the game’s story at all, but there were some other intriguing tidbits. Here are quick notes on some of Metzen’s main points:

  • Diablo III is all about pacing. Their task is to keep the story progressing without slowing down the play experience.
  • They worked to construct Diablo III so it could welcome in new players who don’t know anything about the game world and don’t know or care about the lore and background story.
  • One of the themes in the game is the unique nature of humanity in DiabloWikiSanctuary. The fact that all humans are descendants of the DiabloWikiNephalem, who were both of DiabloWikiAngels and DiabloWikiDemons. Why is it that your DiabloWikiBarbarian can do this super DiabloWikiWhirlwind skill when other humans can not?
  • Blizzard has teams of DiabloWikilore historians who help police their game worlds. It’s hard to keep all the details straight, especially as the worlds grow larger and more complex with each game, and there are multiple people adding facts and details. They’re trying to do a better job these days about recording details and keeping straight their continuities. (Red shirt guy is watching.)

The video is embedded below.Clicky-clicky.