No Necromancer for Diablo 3

Written by Joe Martin

August 22, 2008 // 10:46 a.m.

Tags: #blizzard #diablo #diablo-2 #diablo-3 #diablo-iii #necromancer #no-necromancer-for-diablo-3

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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