Diablo 3 Character Profiles Coming Soon

We all knew it was coming, and it will be here soon. The Diablo version of the DiabloWikiArmory, previously seen in WoW, will be coming to a battle.net site near you! The profiles are rather extensive, so people can peek at all of your goodies while you’re not looking. The interface is actually quite handsome, and it’s well organized so you can see a snapshot of each of your characters and flaunt your ethereal prowess on the internets.

Shortly after the launch of Diablo III, we’ll be adding a new feature to our official site. Profiles will let you review all of your character information at a glance, share it with others, and check out the accomplishments of the other heroes out there.

You’ll be able to look at your heroes (or your friends’ heroes) from any page on the Diablo III site through our personalized menu. If you’re curious about the exploits of your fellow forum posters, it’ll be a simple matter to click over to their profiles and feel envious of their gear or how long they’ve managed to keep their Hardcore characters alive.

Our first profiles release will include these two elements:

  • A career tab that displays all of your heroes, how far you’ve progressed in the Diablo III campaign, how many foes you’ve slain, the names and playtimes of your fallen Hardcore heroes, and more.
  • A heroes tab that shows off your equipment (including dyes, socketed gems, all equipment bonuses, etc.), your attributes and skills, the skills and equipment of your Followers, and more.

We’re planning to add tabs that’ll show off your artisans and achievements as well. Profiles will be available on the site sooner rather than later, but you should feel free to share your suggestions and thoughts in the comments section below or in the
Website Features forum.

We’ve also been hard at work on a ton of other website content, available to help you sharpen your knowledge and prepare to face the forthcoming onslaught. On Monday, May 14, you’ll be able to browse an updated Items section, which will include Legendary and Set items, as well as some specific hand-crafted items.

See you in Sanctuary!
– Blizzard Web Team

Update by Flux: If you’re wondering about privacy, because you don’t want other people to be able to see all of your hours played, characters, achievements, equipment, skills, etc… don’t play, don’t Friend anyone, or don’t tell anyone your DiabloWikiBattleTag. Those are your 3 options, since Blizzard refused to offer opt-out or privacy options of any kind when the Armory was introduced to WoW back in 2006, and made their attitude doubly-clear by ridiculing privacy advocates with an April Fool’s Joke in 2007.

In 2010 WoW added a “Recent Activity” log that shows exactly what a WoW player has done in game; quests completed, monsters killed, items found, etc — these can not be blocked or restricted to Friends Only, and they’re even available on RSS feeds, so anyone who knows your character name can watch everything you do in-game.

Numerous gaming journalists have written about the privacy concerns of this issue, and there have been numerous fan forum protests, all to zero avail. Blizzard hasn’t budged an inch on the “mandatory benefits” aspect of this feature, and there’s no reason to think they’ll change their behavior when it comes to Diablo III’s Armory.

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61 thoughts on “Diablo 3 Character Profiles Coming Soon

  1. I think thats kind of whack that you can see what skills and runes people decided to go!  But I cant judge it until its out so who knows

      • well… considering in WoW armory you can see the talent/glyph build of anyone.. i doubt u can hide it

      • They will not add any such privacy options.

        I added an update on that issue, since it’s been a big controversy for WoW players since the Armory started back in 2006. Blizzard hasn’t budged an inch.  The Armory is a mandatory benefit. You will show everyone all your gear, time played, achievements, etc,, and there’s no avoid it except by not playing or not telling anyone your battletag.

        • Well, it’d be a PITA to be sure, but I’m assuming you can’t look into someone’s Stash. So you could just take off all your gear when you’re not using it and put it in the stash. And builds are changed easily enough, you could just swap out your skills to something else.

        • It wasn’t that big of a controversy. A vocal minority got up-in-arms about it due to pvp balance and such, but they got over it. Now everyone is used to the major convenience of it and don’t really care. Also you can change your stuff before logging out to hide it as MRR said if you are really that concerned about it. Besides, fan sites and databases like wowhead were doing it long before Blizzard.

        • It’s the same in sc2. Anyone can access anyones match history if they know their id and there it’s actually a quite valid complaint since pros don’t want people to check their match history when they are training, getting to know their openings. “Shockingly” Blizzard couldn’t care less. If you want privacy you might as well buy two copies of the game… It’s stupid. It’s no effort to implement an opt-out option or a hidden feature, it doesn’t hurt anyone.

    • If you end up not wanting other people to see your stuff, re-select all of your skills (and un-equip all of your gear) before you log out. The information gathered for the WoW armory is taken when you log out, so it’s reasonable to assume that this will work on a similar basis. Putting in nonsense skills and emptying your equipped gear would effectively make your information hidden.

    • Just great. Another means to show the awesomeness of my ‘One of the Chosen’ Feat of Strength.

      • Wow, it must be boss. I haven’t seen the armory, but this is the ABSOLUTE SEXIEST web design work I’ve ever seen in my life.

        • It’s not really that different from WoW’s armory layout. Obviously there has to be some differences due to the differing nature of the games.

  2. Nice!  The radio button beneath “Gear bonuses” to show you which pieces of equipment are contributing to a particular stat is a nice touch.  The online character sheet looks really good.

  3. that’s a very wild MF barb…lvl59 on nightmare act3? maybe he just running NM mephi(act3boss) 24/7?:D
    and those weapons :O
    and 800 dex with 400 vitality… if this character is legit i will be so happy:D

    • I think the stats are a bit of fluff and might not be representative for a character of that progression.  For the gem tiers, for example, they simply went up from level 1-14 (omitting 13, perfect star) for what is socketed in the equipment.  

      • Yep, and look at the weapon DPS versus the DPS value for the character listed below. Obviously just a mock-up with fake data.

  4. Looks really nice. I guess super into it people might whine about others seeing their skills and equipment, but meh, if you’re relying on a secret build to be the best, I don’t think you are the best.

    • Yep. I’m not vain enough to think that people will be poring over my character to gain some kind of edge over me. I expect a lot of higher-level strategy will revolve around group strategies and synergies anyway, not just individual builds.

  5. I have not been a fan of many of their odd choices and/or implementations; however, I must say, this looks really nice.  Here’s hoping that everything UI related someday gets tweaked to look this good.

    • Well, contrary to Facebook these are all fictional characters and actually don’t reveal anything of you.

      • Except for how little of a life you actually have, of course. *also guilty*

      • Privacy is privacy: Doesn’t really matter, if it concerns the real-id or the virtual one.

        • If you keep your ‘Batman personá’ just to yourself noone will ever know it’s you… Your Privacy is still intact.

          • And what with my ‘Power Puff Girls persona,’ or my ‘Hobo wheed junkie persona,’ or my … 😉 :mrgreen:

  6. lol, one of his hardcore characters died at level 1 in 27 secs! No doubt a test character but still pretty funny …

    • I think those are just ‘shopped mock ups, like his items. Late in the beta at least, it was actually impossible to die at level 1 in 27 seconds; the zombies outside of town would actually stop hitting you if you got low on hps. They’d just shamble away..

      Though I guess you could join someone else’s game and take their banner to a more dangerous location?

      Or better yet, someone else in teh game could lure some more dangeorus monsters all the way back along Old Tristram Road and put them right at the new character spawning point, thus enabling you to die in just a few seconds and earn some sort of negative achievement.

  7. Inspiring presence passive, with no war cry, or battle rage? Makes sense…………….

  8. I’m looking forward to the implementation of achievements, and I’d also like to see them make use of the banner on the profile page. It’ll be nice to click someone’s profile on the forums to see if they actually have experience in Inferno to justify their claims, etc.

  9. Has it hit anyone yet that 72 hours from now we’ll be exploring new areas past the SK? 

  10. anyone notice the radiant star in his gear? might be a hint that theres better methods of obtaining them, other than combining lvl 5 gems :> or its just for testing :/

  11. I like it although there will be some outcry of players saying that their build will be copied because the survived inferno. When we talk about optimal builds players will want to view the classes that survived inferno and copy them. It will happen.
    It was great in WOW as I would have liked to know what kind of skills and talents others had in order to get an idea what is the trend. I’m not sure I will like ti in D3,

    • Don’t flatter yourself… You’re not that good where everyone will want to copy your builds.

  12. in other words….. if you want privacy, u dont friend or give out ur battletag, and if you dont want your who social network to know how much of a nerd you are for playing day and night of D3, you dont innvite your real friend to add you either…… in the end, is like playing single player. LOL. good job bliz.

  13. Have to say, this looks really good. I did like the armory in WoW, but I can see why some might dislike it.

    The gear is clearly bogus testing gear, but I do wonder why some of the legendary equipment, like the Holy Beacon amulet, appears to be rare.

    • Yeah, it’s a shame they didn’t manage to get rid of that stat like they supposedly were planning to. Seems like health regeneration will be very important.

      • If that guide is telling the truth, it’s only available on weapons and Mighty Belts. Lucky(?) Barbs…

        • I got it on a weapon in beta on my wizard. It worked on basic attack and primary skills, but nothing else. I don’t know how it worked for melee though…

  14. Darn, had hoped there would not be a time played or number of kills total for your account. Might sound strange I quess but I just hated in for example WoW when you would see exactly the number of hours spent gaming, just stressed me out and made me feel guilty for playing.
     Lol, will probably go into a deppression when it says 1 million mobs killed or something. 😛 

    • I think the time played here is showing the relative amounts between classes, but it could be that you mouse over it to see the exact time. If that’s the case, then it works the same way in the actual game and anyone can look at your profile there to get the same info. Just saying…

      By the way, the WoW armory doesn’t show time played. You can only find that out if you do the /played command in-game, and then it’s your choice to tell people.

  15. Privacy is overrated. Why people think they are so interesting that others want to watch their every move?

    • I can see why someone would be leery of their gaming habits becoming public.  If you were playing Diablo while “working from home”, would you want your employer to have definite proof you weren’t actually working?  Not that I would ever advocate doing such a thing, mind you…

      • Well, if you are doing something you don’t want others to find out about, you probably shouldn’t be doing it in the first place 😀

  16. Completely off topic but I just received my two Diablo 3 Collector’s Edition boxes… I am all excited and whatnot but…
    In both of them I am missing Diablo 3 Guest Passes… and in one of them there is not SOUNDTRACK DVD/CD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Don’t know anything about the armory, but I can’t see why they can’t just add an optional opt-out.. can I assume that only friends can view this info, or can anyone view everything about my items and how much I’ve played etc?

    • The cool thing about now allowing opt-outs is for data collection imo. It allows people to gather pretty interesting statistics about Diablo – like it allowed for WoW (Such as what can be seen on WoWProgress and MMO-champion).
      Some information probably shouldn’t be out in the open though, such as when people have played and how much. As for everything else I cant see why it would bother anyone.

  18. I just hope there’s a way to interface this with my facebook page so every time I complete a quest or earn an achievement my status automatically gets updated ! 

    my timeline will be SO AWESOME !   


  19. Numerous gaming journalists have written about the privacy concerns of this issue

    Oh my, really .. someone made a fuss about that !!!? .. Numerous gaming journalists have nothing better to do other than worry about someone seeing someone’s build or equipped times in WoW .. lols .. i can fully understand people worrying about “REAL” personal information kind of privacy .. but making a big deal about in-game stats and stuff like that being viewable to anyone … seriously .. some people need to reassess their priorities XD

  20. Looks nice. I would like to see a stat on # of hours played for each character, and a stat on # of deaths for each character. Those numbers actually tell you something, like if someone is already on Inferno with a low # of hours you know they rush and skip everything, and if someone has died a gazillion times you know they probably suck. Number of monster and elite kills doesn’t really tell me anything I care about, anybody can rack up thousands of kills.

  21. So i just noticed that the Enchantress follower has a staff and a Wizard off-hand equipped. Why do they get to do that when players can’t?

  22. This is a game not personal information. What reason could anyone have to want privacy. If your afraid of what people think remove yourself completely from society and go live alone in the woods or something. Hiding things is a dishonest behavior that usually ends up hurting people. Selfishness shouldn’t be tolerated! There should never be any privacy settings and they should do their best to silence this kind of waste of time whining on the forums!! Grow up children! You should be proud of your accomplishments not wasting your time complaining about privacy settings.

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