This time around I don't think the Diablo we get will be the one we want. It seems like many quotes in these developer interviews are showing the true creative focus behind the game, catering to a large amount of people and making Diablo it much more story driven which will make the game smaller in scale. The most surprising quote I read today was this by Lead World Designer Boyarsky, "People are ready for us to take Diablo III to new places rather than make Diablo all over again." Since when do we want something different than the Diablo we love? What is this guy talking about. It scares me that the lead world designer for the game never even played Diablo growing up. Why in the F would you have people working on the Diablo game who never played it, and some that admitted they didn't originally like the game, I mean wth. I want the guy who spent his childhood playing Diablo 8 hours a day working on Diablo 3 because he's now a programmer but also a gamer and artist. Witchdoctor type characters more than half the playerbase adamantly doesn't want? No Thanks Not being able to trade anymore because we can only pickup item types of our character class? No Thanks Artwork in the style more suitable to warcraft than Diablo? No Thanks Head Designer Jay Wilson said this when asked a question about the game being similiar to WoW "Kotaku: In the demo you showed during the Opening Ceremony, you gave us a glimpse at the Witch Doctor class which seems to use several spells similar to those found in World of Warcraft. Do you worry that some fans will think you’re just copying aspects of WoW? Jay Wilson: No. Do I think people will say that? Yes, I think they will. One of the things I like to remind people is that it’s okay to steal from ourselves. A good idea is a good idea and a good skill is a good skill and so when we look across all our games we borrow from each other all of the time." So they are copying many elements from WoW into Diablo3, Jay just admitted it. Jay then goes on to say if they alienate a portion of the playerbase due to it being similiar to WoW, they will make it up in the people who will see "warrior" and compare it to WoW and want to play Diablo. He's basically giving the middle finger to oldschool diablo players if they can get the WoW crowd Alot of people are saying this game has at least one and a half years, but if you read these interviews, you'd see that they are done with the story. It's done, over. They've got their characters set in stone, and everything written out. I wouldn't be surprised if the game hits beta by next February if not Christmas.