The Dark Wanderer, who was also the Diablo 1 Warrior is now King Leoric’s eldest son, making the original game revolve somewhat around Leoric’s family. It was also said that the Book of Cain would fill in the 20-year gap between Lord of Destruction and Diablo 3, from Deckard Cain’s perspective. Diablo 3 then begins with apocalyptic-type events, with fire falling from the sky, and the dead rising from the graves in Tristram (which explains how we fight King Leoric again). These mysterious events lead our hero classes to Tristram, where they meet Leah, who is also looking to seek answers to these events, which were prophesied so very long ago (the “End of Days” and the “Fallen Star”). Leah, who is Cain’s adopted neice (since the age of 8), is also the real daughter of Adria the Witch, from Diablo 1.
A banner will be used to represent our characters. It is 100% customizable, based on achievements you have earned, level you currently are, PvP matches you have one, difficulties completed, and many more attributes. In addition, while in-game, players are able to click on your banner from the town and teleport directly to you and join the battle with ease. This should be pretty cool in giving the game a more “personal” feel to it.
Skill System Revamp
There are now only six skills, as opposed to seven. In addition, the traits system has been removed and turned into an easier to understand “passive skill system.” This should help clean up the UI quite a bit and allow us to choose skills and “traits” (new passive skills) all from the same window. Keeping that in mind, we are now able to have three passive skills at once. However, we begin the game with only two active skills and zero passive skills. As you level up, you gain your last four active skill slots and your three passive skill slots. By the time you complete the game on normal, you will have all skill slots unlocked.
Demon Hunter Resource System
The Demon Hunter will use two resource systems, but don’t worry, neither will effect each other. Hatred and Discipline. Hatred is similar to the Wizard’s resource, Arcane Power, and it regenerates rather fast. Discipline, however, regenerates at a much slower rate. It is unknown exactly how they resources work, possible with different spells/abilities linked to each resource, or a combination of both. It will be interesting to see how it plays out.
The Auction House
Quoted directly from Blizzard themselves:
We’re introducing a powerful auction house system that will provide a safe, fun, and easy-to-use way for players to buy and sell the loot they obtain in the game. Items can be sold and purchased using real-world money or in-game gold.
An Easier Way To Trade
Sure, slaying monsters, demons, and cultists is a surefire way to obtain a ton of random new loot in Diablo III, but with the new auction house feature, it’ll be easier than ever to gear up your character with the exact items you’re looking for. You can also post the items you don’t need for players who are desperately searching for what you’ve got!
Don’t Need It? Put It Up For Auction!
Nearly everything found in the game, including gold, can be exchanged with other players directly or through the auction house system. So say you’re a witch doctor and you’ve just found an incredibly rare, incredibly powerful axe that only barbarians can use. In the previous Diablo games your best option might have been to sell the axe to an in-game vendor, but in Diablo III, you now have the ability to list that axe in the auction house for your fellow barbarian players to bid on. And you know another player will probably appreciate the true value of that axe more than some heartless vendor who’ll likely just melt it down for scrap….
Amazing Search Functionality
The auction house’s “smart search” functionality can automatically sort items in the auction house based on which upgrades would be most beneficial to your character. Also, searching for the best gear for multiple characters on the same Battle.net account can be done all from the same interface without having to log out.
The Choice Is Yours
Use of either the real-money or gold-based auction house is completely optional — that decision can be made on a per-item basis, and both versions of the auction house are functionally the same. In addition, players have the option to simply sell the items they obtain to in-game vendors for gold. They can also trade items to other players through a direct character-to-character trading system in the game in exchange for gold, other items, or just an overwhelming sense of goodwill.
Blizzard does not plan to post items for sale in the auction house. The driving purpose of the auction house is to provide players with a fun additional in-game option for what they do with the items they obtain in the game. Items sold in the auction house will be posted by players and purchased by players.
Safe and Sanctified
The real-money auction house provides players with an easy-to-use, Blizzard-sanctioned way to collect money for items they obtain while playing Diablo III. It also helps protect players from the scams and theft often associated with questionable third-party sites by providing a secure, completely in-game method for purchasing and obtaining the items they want for their characters.
Faster Than A Seven-Sided Strike
Sellers can post items for auction from any of the Diablo III characters on their Battle.net account, or from their shared stash (extra inventory space accessible with any of the characters on their account), without logging out. And after a buyer has won an auction, the item will become immediately available to be equipped and put to good use in the ongoing struggle against the forces of the Burning Hells.
Things worth noting:
-The talisman (which was previously a storage device for the player’s charms) was removed and replaced with three Quest-item slots, all of which we get in Act 1. These three slots are for the Cauldron of Jordan, the Nephalem Cube, and the Stone of Recall
– The Cauldron is used for selling items directly from the battlefields of Sanctuary, allowing us to not have to travel back to town to unload (the Scroll of Wealth, in turn, was removed). The Cube is used for salvaging goods, as we have previously heard at the last BlizzCon, and the Stone of Recall is basically a free teleport home.
-The new stash (it’s only account-wide, there are no personal stashes) is HUGE! It’s larger than the LoD stash and then has 5 different pages (that we have to purchase with gold to access) expanding it even more.
-Beta will only be a portion of Act 1 and will be relatively small.