Demonic Uprising in the Rudolfplatz

Thanks to site readers and Cologne occupant Stefan, we’ve got pictures and a first hand report of the demonic invasion we were promised in the Rudolfplatz public square in Cologne this week.

I was at the Hahnentor at around 17:45 local time and found some painters who had put down a pre-cut cardboard perhaps 5-7 meters long and 3-4 meters wide on which they were painting.

The picture shows a big Diablo in the center and two demons at the bottom.

I didn´t stay long and didn´t talk to them because I wanted to disturb them not. It might be that the final picture will have some more elements. With that size and painted on the cardboard and not on the pavement it is possible that they will hang it up somewhere in the trade fair area at the weekend.

Also there was a camera installed in front of the painting and a fish eye lense through which you could see the painting in a different perspective. The camera was taking a shot every half minute or something. They are probably doing a compressed little “making of” of the development of the painting.

You see a few thumbnails here; they’re clearly being done in the surreal 3D style made famous by Julian Beever, though not as masterful as his works, though. Click through to the Gamescom 2011 gallery for lots more photos from the Rudolfplatz, as well as some other shots of the Blizzard booth setup at the expo.

Elsewhere, Softshack points us to a couple of videos of the event, with interviews of the artist (in German). One here; the other embedded below.

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14 thoughts on “Demonic Uprising in the Rudolfplatz

  1. I really, really hope that that is not what Diablo will turn ou to look like. Would be hugely disappointed.

  2. I think this is exactly what we’re gonna see at the end of Act 4. It has the glowing cross on the chest, the insectoid figure (I hope it has four legs), the little mouths on the side…everything is looking in place.

    I just wonder….what the hell IS THIS? It’s not JUST Diablo…I mean, cmon, Diablo should look way, way more muscular, broad and powerful.

    And I still can’t shake the feeling that the demon looks female. Maybe Mrs. Diablo?

  3. This is garbage. Diablo looks like an ugly female insect. He was once “The Lord of Terror”

    Tell me one area where D3 team didn’t disppoint.

  4. I really dont like the skinny body witgh the long skinny hands. looks ugly. That i not Diablo. And not even half as dark and scarry as the one from Diablo 1. Looks more like an alien then a demon.

  5. Jesus… it’s just a drawing! For all of those who seem surprised: go check the cinematic teaser for the real thing, the one released 3 years ago!

  6. Haha some of the comments above just made me snigger, they are so naive.
    Anyway those two at the bottom, they are probably demons we’ll be seeing in Act 4 :p

    • I don’t know… those 2 look more like *more* demonized Kazra… Could be generic demons for all we know 😀

  7. First of all they are talking about the artist, if he frequently draws pictures like that, and the answer was yes, hes been doing that for about 7 years now.
    Then he is asked what he used as a template, and he answered that tho he does not know the game (wasnt sure if its already released^^) Blizzard gave him some inspiring graphics to get the feeling of the looks&feel.

    The Interviewer is then asking the dog questions about the picture, his gaming experience, and what it thinks about the auction-house in d3. The answers are in a tongue i cannot understand 😉

    The 2 guys at the end just say that the picture is nice to look at..

    • Thank you for the info.
      I am sure the dog hated the auction house, constant internet connection, no skill points, cartoony graphics etc 😉

  8. “As a further hint we want to announce, that any rumors about the opening of a gate to hell in the middle of cologne are completly baseless. Seriously… at the evening of august 16th there will be nothing to see for you at Rudolfplatz. Even more nothing that would have to do with a demonic invasion.”
    well, he was being honest

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