No Necromancer for Diablo 3

No Necromancer for Diablo 3

The Barbarian is the only returning class in Diablo 3, meaning the Necromancer will be curiously absent.

Blizzard has confirmed that there will be no returning player classes in the upcoming Diablo 3, with the exception of the Barbarian class. In other words: No Necromancer.

Speaking to Kotaku at the Leipzig Games Convention, Diablo 3's lead designer Jay Wilson said that it was a deliberate decision not to include the popular Necromancer class because he frankly didn't need improving.

"The Necromancer was simply a victim of his own success," said Wilson, "He was just too well crafted as a character."

Instead, the Barbarian will be reintroduced as Wilson believes there is room for improvement in his character design. The Necromancer meanwhile will be completely absent, though Blizzard is including the kind-of-similar Witch Doctor class.

Blizzard still has three remaining player classes to unveil, but isn't giving away any hints just yet and will confirm only that the Barbarian is the only character from an existing game.

On the one hand, we can see Blizzard's decision to focus on not fixing what wasn't broken as a good thing. On the other hand though, it does seem a bit foolish to go against the wishes of the fan community and neglect to include one of the games most popular assets.

Blizzard has also drawn fire from fans recently over the art direction of the game, which is very colourful, light and bloom-ful - a stark contrast to the look of the older games in the series.

Are you looking forward to Diablo 3 or have these changes soured your taste for it? Let us know what you think in the forums.


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sotu1 22nd August 2008, 10:56 Quote
whaa? no necro? GREAT! no more boner jokes...

no seriously, it's a shame there's no necro cuz it was a popular (cookie cutter) class. and i'll miss the party friendly spells. They just better bring back the rogue or the 'zon.
DarkReaper 22nd August 2008, 11:04 Quote
Ehh, the story did say they weren't bringing back any old characters except the barbarian :(

I'm curious now though, there's got to be your standard archer, mage, warrior archetypes though right?
sotu1 22nd August 2008, 11:17 Quote
they'll bring them back but with new identities I guess. like, the Pally will be a knight, and the sorceress will be called a mage. archers might be elves, that sort of thing. They're basically doing a total character redesign i imagine. Mostly cool because we'll get a new twist on the game, but it's going to upset ALOT of people
[USRF]Obiwan 22nd August 2008, 11:17 Quote
Hack and slay all the way :D
yakyb 22nd August 2008, 11:58 Quote
noooo! Hammerdin will be gone! /cry
Denis_iii 22nd August 2008, 12:10 Quote
assasin was kewl to play with, that not back either? not really bothered about necro, never played as it, witch doctor does appeal however

any idea on release date? time has been going sooo slow since heard about Diablo3 and know it will basically stop when release date confirmed
Nature 22nd August 2008, 12:59 Quote
the witch doctor = blackromancer
Blademrk 22nd August 2008, 13:09 Quote
probably re-introduce them in the obligatory expansion pack.
[PUNK] crompers 22nd August 2008, 13:45 Quote
I can imagine the cries of diablo purists everywhere. Its a good thing to be adding new characters tho, i want diablo 3 not diablo 2.5
Yemerich 22nd August 2008, 13:55 Quote
if a well developed character is the excuse not to bring the old classes, why they brought the barbarian back? It was my fav.

But i agree with dark reaper and sotu1. I think they will be back with other names.
Yemerich 22nd August 2008, 13:56 Quote

As long as they bring back "The Butcher" it's fine for me :D
MrMonroe 22nd August 2008, 15:05 Quote
Originally Posted by Nature
the witch doctor = blackromancer

win. seriously.

That "Necro's choice/wow gayness" kid is going to bust a nut when he hears this. I can clearly see the kid in dark eyeliner pushing his keyboard through the monitor.
Bungle 22nd August 2008, 15:30 Quote
Originally Posted by Blademrk
probably re-introduce them in the obligatory expansion pack.
That's marketing thinking. Cookie for you.:D
Firehed 22nd August 2008, 16:12 Quote
Meh, whatever, always hated necros. Zons and sorcs though.... their replacements had better kick some serious ass.
Jojii 22nd August 2008, 16:17 Quote
I hope that the new 3 classes are all hybrid classes that will encourage people to play in a more creative and imaginative way rather then meat in the front and damage in the back.
Arkanrais 22nd August 2008, 16:30 Quote
aww dammit. the necro was always my fav, even when he was under powered. my first character way back in 2000 was a necro and didn't even try out the specialty classes till last year (ie. spearazons, boners, hammerdins, etc). I did very much like my zoo keeper though and back before the skill synergies having 30-odd skeletons running around on screen was a hoot (or the hacked items with 35 fire golems burning their way through everything)

perhaps the necro was too dark for the 'watercolours and kittens' art style.
rollo 22nd August 2008, 18:37 Quote
necro was overpowerd nonesence. Pre bug fixes you could have an army of 500+ lol
Zytek_Fan 22nd August 2008, 19:33 Quote
The necro was my favourite class :(
You could summon your army of skeleton mages, and just spam the hell out of enemies with bone bolt :(
jweller 22nd August 2008, 19:48 Quote
No problem here with the previous classes returning. It's more exciting to have new classes. The Witch Doctor seems pretty much a knock-off of the Necro to me. As someone else already said there are only so many variations-on-a-theme they can do. The "new" classes have to have the basic. Ranged class, heal/aura class, mage at lease in some form.
Glider 22nd August 2008, 19:53 Quote
Originally Posted by Yemerich
As long as they bring back "The Butcher" it's fine for me :D
I want the MooMoo Farm!
LordPyrinc 22nd August 2008, 23:41 Quote
Crap... I really liked the necromancer. My level 70+ necro was the only character I had that could successfully solo against Baal in Hell Difficulty.
FaSMaN 23rd August 2008, 07:35 Quote
So I guess there's no Druid then aether ,thats sad really sad I want to summon wolves and Shape-Shift into a wolf ,its sad ,hope they add it in a expansion :)
metarinka 23rd August 2008, 17:18 Quote
I got a zookeeper right now, and a MF blizzard sorc I'm leveling. It will be nice to get some fresh characters and some new builds. I think they also said they are trying to make the game less of a 1 skill wonder. Some builds literally only used 1 skill especially when synergies came out.

and +1 for expansion packs comment, I think they're leaving em all out so they can reintroduce them in an expansion pack more $$
docodine 23rd August 2008, 18:04 Quote
Nobody else realized that the necro was gone as soon as they showed the gameplay trailer? The Witch Doctor was casting the same spells as the necro, and had a bunch of minions, and a new version of Bone Wall. He also carries a dagger, much like necromancers are 'supposed to'.

I only played Paladins or Necromancers back in D2.. Hammerdins required equipment that I never had, so I was having fun with my Zealots. :-D

Also, yeah. A necromancer in a party with a few Paladins was unstoppable for Hell runs.. Fanatacism/Vigor/Concentration/etc auras made them pretty immortal.
Zytek_Fan 23rd August 2008, 23:09 Quote
Originally Posted by Glider
I want the MooMoo Farm!

That's the only thing I really care about.
Diablo NEEDS the MooMoo Farm. Plenty of sick drops everytime, and easy XP :D
Amon 24th August 2008, 02:44 Quote
Wow, fukk this shttt!

Anyone here want to Hamachi a game of D2?
OtakuHawk 25th August 2008, 04:47 Quote
goddamnit, I enjoyed playing 'zons.
crazybob 25th August 2008, 05:43 Quote
Originally Posted by crompers
...Its a good thing to be adding new characters tho, i want diablo 3 not diablo 2.5
Originally Posted by jweller
No problem here with the previous classes returning. It's more exciting to have new classes...
My thoughts exactly. The classes in D2 weren't the same as the classes in the original Diablo, and I see no reason for the classes to be carried over this time. Sure, there'll be the same basic types of class; you'll have an archer, a melee warrior, a magician, a summoner, and probably a few others, but there's no reason for them to be identical to the D2 characters.

Wouldn't you rather spend time learning the subtleties of a new game, rather than playing a shiny-graphics expansion pack to Diablo 2?
Amon 25th August 2008, 06:20 Quote
Originally Posted by crazybob
Wouldn't you rather spend time learning the subtleties of a new game, rather than playing a shiny-graphics expansion pack to Diablo 2?
But the Necromancer was a pretty damned cool git. Truly, I doubt there will be another class with as much urbaneness.
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