Bashiok replied to a couple of questions in a forum thread, and shared some info about the creation of the Whimsyshire secret level. This info was revealed previously, during development, but if you weren’t following D3 back then it might be news to you today. And even if it’s not, we all get such a warm glow from reading anything Bashiok writes that I can’t pass up the opportunity to share some of his wit and wisdom.
Bashiok: When we originally announced Diablo III we took flak from some players who thought the game was too bright and colorful (!), and the inclusion of a rainbow at a waterfall was just all too much to take. We of course did not agree, we think the game is awesome looking, and the whole topic was really hammered into the ground for a long while after that. A year or so later we printed up shirts with the rainbows/ponies and wore them to BlizzCon as a joke. People unanimously loved them, and we actually ended up selling them at BlizzCon last year.
We knew we were going to do a ‘hidden’ level, like the cow level, and so we essentially adapted that shirt into a level and showed everyone what ‘bright and colorful’ actually means. 🙂
Bashiok will you make whimyshire a more fun place to play? Make it something like vault of the assassins or better. Lotsa elites. I’m getting tired of A3.
Bashiok: Eh, we don’t really want the secret for-fun level to be the best place to farm. Cows in D2 was for quite a long time, and we don’t want to see a repeat. The silly joke shouldn’t be the focus of the game.
Refer to the Art Controversy article if you missed the 2008-2009 color controversy. I must note that Bashy is not quite correct here, in that the devs did adjust and change the look of D3 quite a bit after that early reveal. Not so much in color or hue, but in terms of making the world look much grittier and dirtier and more gothic and messy, after many fans felt it was too clean and neat in the early reveal. (Personally, I think they would have done a lot of that anyway, and wrote an article back in 2009 arguing that they would have changed it anyway.)
Besides the pics in the Art Controversy article, we’ve got a whole gallery of D3 controversy images, most of them fan-created protest images from the days of the “too colorful!” debate, many of them quite amusing… assuming you’re not an artist on the Diablo III dev team.