The third part of the saga is 10 years old!

Diablo 3 is the third installment in the Diablo series. After years of rumours, the game was finally officially announced on June 28, 2008 at the Blizzard Worldwide Invitational in Paris. It was not published until four years later on May 15, 2012, partly because legal disputes about the real-money auction house (keyword gambling) that was still active at the time significantly delayed the international release. The console versions appeared the following year. The PC version is only playable online and does not support mods. On March 25, 2014, the game received its first and only expansion, Reaper of Souls. A second expansion was in the works but was not released due to poor quality. Instead, fragments from it, such as Kanai’s Cube, were free in subsequent patches.

Diablo 3: Black Soulstone Cinematic Trailer BlizzCon 2011

Although players sometimes complain that Diablo 3 (buy now €31.08) not changing much from season to season, the game has evolved a lot in those 10 years. Diablo 3 has added numerous items, improved mechanics, the introduction of pets, and interesting events over time, including the Tristram Eclipse, where you can revisit the Tristram Cathedral known from the first Diablo.

Diablo 3: Sorceress vs. Skeleton King

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Once the direction for the game was established, the art style was discussed. The game was originally intended to be dark and gloomy overall, like its predecessors, but the monsters turned out to blend in all too well with the environment. The game’s original art style received “good, but not great” feedback internally. A second art style was chosen and received a much more positive response within Blizzard. This art style was similar to what the game possessed when it was released.

The game’s art style was not universally received with enthusiasm by the public after its presentation, and players created a petition to force Blizzard Entertainment to change the art direction for the game. Blizzard subjected the game to three artistic overhauls and found that an all-dark style was too monotonous. As the designers noted, the “sunny” art style is meant to represent the early parts of the game. This should provide a contrast between the early and late stages of the game as the story gets darker and darker as the game progresses.


The closed beta started on September 20, 2011 and the open beta on April 20, 2012. A number of patches were written during development. The beta was just a short demo of the game to avoid story spoilers – a big mistake, as it later turned out, given the death of Diablo icon Deckard Cain and the weak, real-money auction house-centric itemization in the community at all not well received. Also, the originally existing fourth level of difficulty “Inferno” was completely exaggerated and it lacked a solid endgame progression like the Paragon system, which was only added later based on suggestions from the community.


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Diablo 3: Reapers of Souls

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In 2008 it was announced that Diablo 3 would receive a number of expansion packs. The first expansion pack, Reaper of Souls, was released in 2014 – without a real-money auction house and with a distinctly dark art style, as requested by the community. At the time, the developers said there was a “pretty decent list” that the Diablo 3 team plans to tackle. These included the theme of Leah and “the definitive end of the saga of men, angels and demons” among others. They later backtracked, saying the franchise’s future was “in the air”. While Reaper of Souls will continue to be supported, Blizzard is investigating whether the game will receive additional expansions and polled some players to gauge interest in a possible second expansion.

Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls – Announcement Cinematic

At BlizzCon 2014, Reaper of Souls game director Josh Mosqueira refused to confirm the existence of a second expansion. As it later turned out, a second expansion with the druid as a playable class was actually to be announced at BlizzCon 2015; however, it was discarded due to quality issues (according to management) and its content was published free of charge in patches.

Diablo 2 Resurrected, Diablo Immortal, Diablo 4

Diablo 2 Resurrected, the new edition of the classic from 2000, Diablo Immortal for mobile and PC and the official successor Diablo 4 will probably finally replace the third part and eventually retire it. But even if the development of Diablo 3 was ill-starred for a long time and it certainly deserved a second expansion, it still offers exemplary, technically mature gameplay and quality content for many hours of play. With that in mind: Happy 10th anniversary, Diablo 3!