Thanks to ElexorienGR for spotting on one of the new Battle.net pages. It’s comprised of still images taken from the Diablo III cinematic, and it shows an erupting Mount Arreat, monsters we’ve been calling Arreat Crater Troops,since a piece of concept art named that thus. The monsters to the right is a new and previously-unseen flying demon that we’ve stuck with a placehlder name; the Arreat Crater Flyer.
Or is it? After all, we know of two possible game/story/plot sources for these images.
None of the following is “new” info, but it could be considered spoilery if you haven’t been following every revealed detail of the D3 plot. Read on at your own discretion.
- This might be a flashback to events at the end of D2X, when Baal’s armies were massing around the outside of Mount Arreat. They were besieging the Barbarian citadels while Baal traveled into the mountain to reach the Worldstone. As we know, the human heroes pursued Baal and defeated him in the Worldstone Chamber. Subsequently, Tyrael blew up the Worldstone after claiming it had become corrupted. We know that some flashbacks to those events will feature in the cinematic, since we saw that slow motion clip of Tyrael hurling his sword towards the worldstone in the Diablo III cinematic intro movie.
- It might be a scene from events in Diablo III, since we know a demonic invasion of Sanctuary takes place, with the demons emerging from Arreat Crater and laying siege to Bastion’s Keep, in events we’ll see in Act III of the game.
Whichever (or both?) it turns out to be, the cinematic promises to be visually-spectacular, with the hordes of demons marching to battle, while Arreat erupts in the background and the human defenders quake in their little Barbarian booties.