Kevin Martens and Brian Kindregan Video Interview


Spanish gaming source eGAM3Rs has posted a video interview with Kevin Martens and Brian Kindregan from Gamescom. The interview starts at 3:30 after a long intro, so skip ahead, especially if you don’t speak Spanish.

Brian’s the lead writer for Diablo 3 Kevin’s the Lead Content Designer, so it’s appropriate that much of the interview is about the story of Diablo 3, the history of Malthael and his motivations for wiping out humanity, how D3X is different with Angels as the enemies, the creation and lore design of the DiabloWikiCrusader, and more.

Some paraphrased quotes from this one, partially since the sound is pretty bad with a ton of background noise.

Story Seeds for D3X in D3C

We planted seeds for the expansion in the initial game. For instance, in act 3 all of the soldiers in the keep are from DiabloWikiWestmarch. The city of Westmarch sent them to bastion’s keep to help defend against the demons. The DiabloWikiPaladin is originally from Westmarch, and you can speak to the DiabloWikiTemplar follower about Westmarch during the game. We’ve wanted to bring the action to Westmarch for a while.

Malthael and Demonic Enemies

DiabloWikiMalthael has been a big part of the Diablo universe, a quiet part, but an important one, all along. His mysterious disappearance is described in the Book of Cain, which set him up to return, and when people vanish and then return in the Diablo universe they don’t tend to come back with gifts and presents.

I think it’s a huge that we’ve got this different type of enemy. In the Diablo games you’ve always fought demons, and angels were this race that was aloof and far away. You had some nice ones like DiabloWikiTyrael, but they weren’t much seen. Now suddenly you’ve got Angels in the streets, killing people, and it’s going to change everything. And who doesn’t want to fight the Angel of Death?

Malthael went away and he decided that humanity is the problem. They are the spawn of angels and demons, and Malthael wants a universe of just Angels. So now Malthael’s plan is to wipe out the last straggling remnants of the Demons, and wipe out humanity too. Also, Malthael is worried about the Nephalem. After all, a Nephalem was able to kill the Prime Evil, and that’s something Malthael could never do. So he’s concerned by that.

Click through for more notes and a semi-transcript of the video. Topics cover the Paragon System upgrades, the Crusader’s story, and plans for content and patches after D3:RoS.


Paragon System Upgrades

The paragon system is changing a lot. First of all, there’s no limit now. You can keep on getting more and more paragon points. To use them you assign them into specific categories, with bonuses to your Stats, Offense, Defense, and Adventuring. One of the bonuses in there is your movement speed, so you can just keep adding more and more to that if you want to really dash around the world. And Paragon points are account-wide, and accessible to all of your characters. So even a brand new level 1 that you’ve just rolled will have access to those paragon points.

Currently people don’t want to play their alts since they’ve put so much time into one character. So now we want players to feel like their play time isn’t wasted no matter who they are playing.


The Crusader’s Lore

“Dark Paladin” was the original idea for the Crusader, but he’s taken on a life of his own. He only has two returning Paladin skills, Fist of Heavens and Blessed Hammer. All his other abilities are different. Some are reminiscent of Diablo 2’s Paladin skills of course, like the Crusader has Laws instead of Auras. There are four of them and many of them are beneficial to your party as well, so the Crusader should be a good character in co-op.


Patches and content after RoS:

There will be plenty of patches and added content after Reaper of Souls. Some of our patches are so big that they’re new content almost by themselves, but if you guys want *content* content, well that can happen if the fans are interested.

The D3 team has never made a secret of their plans to release at least two DiabloWikiexpansions for Diablo 3, so the grinning semi-coyness on the last part is kind of cute.

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  1. ##Patches and content after RoS:

    There will be plenty of patches and added content after Reaper of Souls. Some of our patches are so big that they’re new content almost by themselves, but if you guys want *content* content, well that can happen if the fans are interested.##

    Uh anyone else reading this as…

    Pre-expansion patch -> aka things we cut from d3c to release earlier

    Loot 2.0
    Nephalem Trials
    Loot Runs
    Updated Paragon

    Expansion -> aka console DLC – aka add-on

    Act 5
    Level 70 with legendary items
    Crusader
    Mystic

    Post-Expansion -> aka hings we cut from expansion to realease it earlier

    Chat Channels + Auction House updates
    Some new reagent and recipes to be new cookie cutter
    Updated version of Ubers

    And PvP better wait for D3X2…

    • You maybe reading like that.
      I’m reading like “Good news on the future of my fav game, i can keep on farming cuz it’ll be worth the wait”.
      We had almost 2 years of negativity, time to swap alittle huh ? ..

    • I read your post as:

      OMG I hate this game, yet here I am. What am I doing with my life?

      • Don’t put words in other peoples mouths.
        I just don’t buy into hype and try to analise things.

        If noone complained you would still be in patch 1.00, and there would have never been this:
        http://diablo.incgamers.com/blog/comments/jay-wilson-says-the-diablo-3-auction-house-hurt-the-game

        I still play the game. Just think it can be much better. oO

        • Isn’t that what they’re doing with the changes you’re railing against? You’re not even complaining about things that need improving, you’re complaining that there’s some sort of conspiracy to jerk the player around by addding these things that you believe they had lying around for months. Game design takes time, and obviously they thought they had it the first time around, but no mistakes have been made by human beings. You really think they planned on releasing a broken loot system? It’s not that I think the game is perfect, I just don’t have the ability nor energy to believe every company is actively trying to screw me over everytime they improve the game.

  2. One of the most important things to me in the interview is being able to start a Lv1 with ALL the paragon points.
    This will:
    1 – Help alot grinding on HC when you are just starting out a new character.
    2 – Help alot lvling ur new Crusader (hell ya!).

    I think i’ll go ALL attack on my Lv1 crusader with MP10, since you cant die on normal, all you need is damage to kill fast enough.
    TIME TO GO BACK TO PARAGON GRIND!

    • They didn’t say “all” the paragon points at level 1. I think that would be really cheesy if they did it that way, but it might be true. But in the interview he says “you’ll have access to your paragon points” or words to that effect. Doesn’t make clear if that’s one tenth, one third, if you get 1/7th every 10 levels until you’ve got all of them at level 70, etc.

      And anyway, Paragon 2.0 is still a feature in testing so whatever they’re doing now probably isn’t the final anyway.

      • If this was released right now, I would have about 50 paragon levels or less. That’s 50 points to spread across 4 categories and probably 20 different abilities. Doesn’t sound like a whole lot, even for lvl 1. Someone at plvl 500 would certainly have a lot more, but so what? If you’re at plvl 500, you deserve to cheese out new characters.

  3. Not sure if the Diablo III developers’ already existing certainty about the necessity for lots of post-expansion-release patching is a good thing for Blizzard to advertize with – these traces of sincerity are appreciated, though! =)

  4. We learned a lot about the expansion in this Gamescon, much much more than I expected.
    Still, they keep saying Blizzcon will be huge diablostically speaking, I really wonder what will be the new features announced there.

  5. So when we install D3X, are paragon levels already achieved automatically going to give us points to assign? Another question I have is about the smart drops, Will I be able to farm gear for my Crusader with my Demonhunter? Will be picking up wands with demonhunter mods?

    • Based on what they said, this is how it’s going to work:

      1. Paragon 2.0 gets released in a patch before the expansion (most probably).

      2. Let’s say you have 2 softcore paragon 20 heroes – paragon experience accumulated by both of them gets added up and let’s say that the sum equals paragon level 30.

      3. Your account softcore paragon level is 30.

      4. Both of your heroes get 30 paragon points to spend.

  6. “but if you guys want *content* content, well that can happen if the fans are interested.”

    LOL. People have been interested in that since before Diablo 3 launched. You are just now saying “maybe if you guys ask loud enough”??? Come on.

  7. “We planted seeds for the expansion in the initial game. For instance, in act 3 all of the soldiers in the keep are from DiabloWikiWestmarch. The city of Westmarch sent them to bastion’s keep to help defend against the demons. ”

    SAY WHAT????

    This is flat out not true. Start a act 3 game on the Kill Ghom quest…the minute you jump in you get dialogue. Tyrael talking to the guy from Westmarch. (approximate dialogue)

    “I bring word from the King of Westmarch.”
    “Is he sending reinforcements”
    “My lord says he will not send any living soul to fight imaginary demons”

    So ya…wtf???

  8. QUOTE

    So when we install D3X, are paragon levels already achieved automatically going to give us points to assign? Another question I have is about the smart drops, Will I be able to farm gear for my Crusader with my Demonhunter? Will be picking up wands with demonhunter mods?

    Apparently your paragon experience gets totaled (softcore and hardcore separately), and you get whatever paragon 2.0 level that experience corresponds to.

    They also said there’s a chance of getting smart drops. They won’t be all the time, so you’ll still be finding items for other classes. And they’ve talked before about how they want to cut out the mods on class specifics that are useless to the intended class, so I assume that’ll be part of loot 2.0.

  9. QUOTE

    "We planted seeds for the expansion in the initial game. For instance, in act 3 all of the soldiers in the keep are from DiabloWikiWestmarch. The city of Westmarch sent them to bastion
  10. It’s just me or someone else feels the same?
    My will to play diablo 3 decreased a lot since the expansion was announced.
    After seeing all the new things I was thinking to myself what is the point of playing diablo 3 now? all the items I find will be useless. I can´t start a ironborn character now because when ironborn will be in the game they will not recognize that character as ironborn.
    The only thing that can keep me playing diablo 3 now is the goal of paragon 100 to be prepared when the expansion releases.

    • I started playing Diablo after one year… My goal is to achieve minimum 10 PL on each of my second characters (Barb, Monk, DH, WD) + 73 PL Wiz = 113Pl, maybe I will play more and level up to 15PL it will be 133 PL for the start, I think it will be interesting, good that most of changes will be introduced to the game before expansion. After Blizzcon I will decide if I will buy D3X…

      The point is, that now is pointless to level one character to 100PL, waste of time, when you can gain more of PL with less time involved.

      • Your total paragon experience is added up for the future account paragon points. Not your char’s levels. After all, it’s more exp to go from P99 to P100 than from P1 to P17, so it would be silly to give more credit for 10 P25 chars than for 2 P100 chars.

        The best strategy now, in terms of having more paragon points when the system goes live, is to gain the most exp on your chars now. This basically means playing as much as you can with high level characters, since they’re stronger and gain exp more rapidly, even though they’re slower from level to level. Just don’t grind with P100 chars, since apparently that exp gain goes as overflow and won’t be credited to your account.

  11. I haven’t played in months. Diablo is a game best played in intense bursts. That’s how I did D2. There are just too many other great games out there these days.

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