Bashiok has made a few (with more to come?) quick replies to various forum issues today. The first one is a gimme. Someone asks if the his reply will return in Diablo III. Bashoik’s like, “Um, yeah!” Though he refrains from pointing the noob to a his reply, or mentioning that Blizzard was demonstrated in the Wizard gameplay movie from Blizzcon. Here’s his reply.
Elsewhere, Bashiok made a reply that’s as convoluted as it is brief in a thread asking if there will be guns in Diablo III. Shorter Bashiok: “No guns in D3.”
In the wake of that uncertainty I think we should just be glad that Mount Arreat is gone, along with most of it’s inhabitants.
Update: Another longer post has appeared, in which Bashiok talks about monster immunities and resistances. Shorter Bashiok: “Yes to all types of resistances, probably no to immunities.”
He added though that as we plan for people to have a good amount of active abilities at their disposal, there may not be the issue of having say… a Wizard with only ice damage spells late in the game where immunities would normally be seen.
So if we were to have immunities, but also a broad range of abilities with various damage types ensured to be available, it would be more a situation of the player just needing to intelligently use the different spells they have. At that point it becomes a method of injecting strategy into approaching a fight. The spell variety and build potentials, or rather limitations in this case, remain to be seen to some degree.
I think if we can determine that players will always be able to damage a monster regardless of immunities, then they remain a possibility. More than likely though, if I had to guess at this point, you’ll see resistances to specific spell types rather than full immunity.