Julian Love Interview from Blizzcon 2011

GameFront teased this last week and now they’ve delivered the full transcript of their interview with Julian Love from Blizzcon 2011.

It’s an excellent interview, with no-BS questions and answers on a lot of core issues, though Julian has to go “no comment” on a number of the juicier ones. Topics include D3 as an E-Sport (Julian says no way), is Diablo a woman, is Tyrael a bad guy, have they started development on the expansions, the DiabloWikiart controversy, and more. A quote:

GameFront: How long have you, personally, been working on Diablo 3?
That’s tough to quantify. I worked on things that would contribute to Diablo 3 before there was a D3. I worked on some of the art pipeline features and support tools. From that perspective, I’ve been working on the game for over 9 years. In terms of actual hardcore development of the game, it’s more like 6.

GF: Care to elaborate on the pre-D3 work?
There was an early period when we wanted to make a game that would be like a Diablo 3 game, and we were just exploring on a fundamental level what kind of engine we wanted to make and how it would work. It was a pre-development stage we went through where we just wanted to get the technology off the ground. At that point, we hadn’t figured out what game that engine would necessarily be for. We just knew it would be an isometric-ish game.

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  1. nothing new and boring/10

  2. I thought it was kind of odd that they asked if it would compete with LoL, DotA 2, etc. when that is a totally different genre… Also thought it was amusing how many story spoiler non-answers there were at the end… Didn’t they already kind of say a while ago they were planning 2 expansions?

    • Not directly, if you recall the shareholder conference in August there was a chart that showed longterm release schedules for D3 Exp 1 and Exp 2.

  3. Well of course it would be an isometric-ish game, Julian…

    Blizzard hasn’t made a non-isometric one in over 15 years…

  4. Has Blizzard ever commented on the leaked screen shots of the early version of D3 that was scrapped?

    • Not on the leaked screens, no. They’ve admitted that D3 was under dev at bliz north, but never given any details. Just vague comments about early versions and testing and such.

      We actually know quite a bit about what they were doing in those days, but that info doesn’t come from anyone at Blizzard now, given their secrecy. Check out the recent podcast with David Craddock for a lot of details about the early d3 dev bliz north days.

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