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Diablo 3 Details and Gameplay Video

Executive vice president of game design Rob Pardo at Blizzard has revealed that Diablo 3 will require a constant internet connection to be played. This is a result of the Diablo 3 features and improvements to the the game.

The specific additions to the game that will necessitate this always-online requirement include:

  • A persistent friends list.
  • Cross-game chat via the RealID system.
  • Persistent characters that are stored server-side (no more having to play online once every 90 days, nor item duplication cheats).
  • Persistent party system.
  • Player-versus-player and public game matchmaking.
  • Dynamic drop-in/out for co-op.
  • Larger item stash that gets shared among all of your characters (at the moment, up to 10).
  • The auction house. Read more here.
  • The Achievement system and detailed stat-tracking, both of which feed into the final point:
  • The Banner system, a visual way to display your powers in the game. Banners start out like emblems, where players can choose from an array of symbols, patterns, and overall shape/design. Then, players can tweak its appearance through Achievements and other accomplishments.

    Examples Pardo cites include whether the character is in Hardcore mode, how many Achievements have been earned, how many PVP victories, and so forth. Additionally, the Banners also have gameplay features; in-game, rather than use Town Portal, players can click on a player's Banner to instantly teleport over to said player.

Some Diablo 3 Beta gameplay footage has also been released at a Blizzard press event. Check out the Diablo 3 Beta Gameplay B-Roll video below.

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  • A ten percent discount on the final price of the product
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