Bashiok only made one post on battle.net today, but he used it to cover a lot of ground. I’ll briefly summarize the questions, while quoting his answers in full:
How can other characters get over that broken bridge the Barbarian leaped in the WWI gameplay?
While the crumbling bridge could be taken quite literally, it was intended to get the idea across that Diablo III will have more interactive and responsive environmental hazards. Of course if such obstacles existed in the way they were displayed every class would need some way to proceed. At this time we aren’t announcing any additional class abilities though.
Is the Tristram dungeon shown in the demo a dungeon we’ll see in the game?
It used the same “tile set” as the Tristram Cathedral dungeon including a specially made entry room. It was a static and specifically crafted dungeon especially for the demo, so yes it includes the look for Tristram Cathedral, but it’s not a true piece of the game as you would play through it.
What will the remaining characters be? New or returning?
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No class-specific equipment?
What I said was: “… we don’t plan nor have any armor items at the moment that are class specific – although the bonuses and stats may be better suited to a certain class – anyone can pick up any chest/shoulder/leg/etc item and wear it. However, there are some weapons/off-hand items that are class specific.”
No changes to this yet, there just weren’t any drops that were class specific. We essentially “hand placed” every drop that happened in the video. We knew people were going to dissect and scrutinize every detail, and everything that drops in that video was purposefully and specifically chosen to be dropped… everything.
Fun fact: I played as the female barbarian for the recording.
The decapitation by Siegebreaker in the demo; in the game or just a special for the demo?
Well the way we imagined the final fight going down when thinking about the flow of the presentation was to have a few heroes killed off, and thought it would be cooler to see someone get ripped in half by a giant demon than just fall down. While it was an event made for the presentation it could definitely be worked in to the actual end-product. We try not to spend time on anything that can’t be incorporated in some way. If there’s a mockup or some cool flavor added in somewhere to show something off, we want to build it so that it can actually be used.
Are outdoor areas random or static?
They’re for the most part static. With the outdoor environments we felt we could get a lot more out of them by crafting large and visually impressive scenes, which random map generation really just doesn’t allow for all that well. By that same token one of the main goals with Diablo III is to flesh out Sanctuary, to make it feel more like you’re in this living and breathing world. With towns shifting around everywhere you do sort of lose a sense of cohesion, and an attachment to the places you’re visiting.
On a very slight technical note – for random map generation you’re essentially creating a bunch of rooms that can all fit together in various ways. It works quite well for a dungeon which is essentially a series of rooms any way. For an outdoor environment though it tends to make it either fairly bland, or fairly linear just by how the edges have to line up. You’re either running zig-zag patterns to find the map edges, or you’re running down a narrow pathway. Neither are extremely compelling, and at the same time you’re losing the visual grandness that could come from a fully hand-crafted and artistically realized environment.
That said, the outdoor areas aren’t completely static.
Remember that you can find all pictures, video interviews, regular interviews, previews and important Blizzard quotes in the DiabloWiki Media Coverage archive of Diablo 3.