- What makes you think you won't be fighting Angels in Diablo 3?
- Apparently this was originally going to be the plot of Diablo III but was scrapped early on, as a game set in heaven seemed "too different" from it's predecessors.
- However, the final act is set in the High Heavens, as they're being invaded by Diablo's army. And there's the question of what would the expansions bring.
- Slightly confirmed, as Malthael becomes evil in Reaper of Souls
- An entry from Adria's journal as seen in the beta seems to confirm this
- Makes sense when you consider that it's heavily hinted that Diablo will possess a female host this time, most likely Leah and that previously, everyone that Diablo has possessed is descended from King Leoric - the Dark Wanderer who was the warrior from the first game has been confirmed by Blizzard to be Aidan, the eldest son of King Leoric and Albrecht's older brother.
- Confirmed, to the extent of going rogue. He gave up his angelic power and became mortal because he could no long stand by the Council's actions. He's still good though.
- Far worse, Adria outright betrays the party after Azmodan is killed and forces her own daughter to become Diablo/Tathamet incarnate.
Additionally, in the Book of Cain it says, "[Belial] is often trapped within the intricate webs of his own machinations." This could be forshadowing to Belial having taken human form to further his plans and having totally fallen for it himself, Becoming the Mask. He believes his own lie that he is a human woman named Leah.
Most of all, everything is screaming that this game's plot is going to focus on Azmodan and Belial. Leah being Belial or being possessed by Belial would keep things focused. And, well, continuing the family tradition of being possessed by Diablo is just too easy.
Jossed with the revelation that Leah was Diablo's latest anchor, and so an integral part of his plan to become the sole dominant aspect of the reunified Tathamet. Azmodan was speaking to Diablo.
The above WMGs were posted before Diablo III was released.
The main page likened Adria's treachery to Melissan's revelation of her true scheme in Throne of Bhaal. So, following that plot, it may not be too much to guess that, taking advantage of Nephil immunity to fate, Adria was actually driving the Tathamet into eternal Abyss living quarters while pretending to be Diablo's loyal mistress, intending to take the opportunity to become the new, improved, fate-impervious Prime Evil. You thought the Angels were scared of the reunified Tathamet because the Scroll of Fate dictated who'd win? Well, if Adria pulls this one off, Heaven is going to be completely blind. Of course, there's the problem of where to get the requisite power before Heaven catches on. Maybe it depends on whether Leah's soul is still intact for Adria, possibly having an advantage as her blood mother, to pull in with Tathamet filaments still attached...
Not quite, but she IS a boss critical to the plot of Reaper of Souls - Her death reveals Malthael's location, and she was trying to steal back the Black Soulstone for unknown reasons.
- It's not certain what the rate of transfiguration of Aidan's body->Diablo's body was, but I wouldn't be surprised if, anticipating/guiding Aidan mating with Adria, Diablo made priority one the sculpting of Aidan's gametes, so they'd have at least some of Diablo's own aspects in there.
While the demons seen to date are explicitly not fallen angels, Malthael may start an all new sort of demon that is just such a form of malevolent Order. And he did say that he would prevail in the end, no matter what, when Imperius was calling for Sanctuary's destruction. Did the Worldstone's destruction force him to begin an emergency plan to guarantee Heaven's eternal primacy? Worse...is he a reincarnation of the original Anu, who purged Tathamet from himself and sought to obliterate him, and now is trying to finish the deed outright? Even at the cost of turning Sanctuary into an Eldritch Location by purging all of its demonic-source elements away?
Confirmed in Reaper of Souls
- There's still something left of Imperius? But it's also possible that his battle will end not with his death, but with a Heel Realization that the Nephalem aren't hopelessly corrupt after all, indeed are closer to Anu's true original nature than the angels ever were. Of course, there's an excellent chance he'll suffer another Curb-Stomp Battle if he tries to follow through on Malthasael. As for Malthael's schemes if he proves evil...as I spoke of above, maybe him trying to restore and/or become a reborn Anu, even if nothing recognizable remains of the universe in the process?
- There's plenty left of Imperius. He survived the cutscene just fine, shows up at least twice in the game afterwards and even after Diablo makes it the Pinnacle first, he and his friends are very clearly alive and moving.
- For Imperius, it could be possible, assuming that he was killed, for his remains to be salvaged and imbued with the Black Soulstone. Think about it the most badass angel merged with the Ultimate Evil! It would be a awesome battle!
- Jossed. At least to the extent that one expansion will focus on Adria and one will focus on Malthael. Adria is dealt with in almost an offhand manner, as a stepping stone on the path to taking out Malthael in Reaper of Souls. A second expansion could still possibly be done however, as Malthael shatters and absorbs the black soulstone during his boss fight, and Tyrael mentions that Diablo had been released because of it and is free now.
- This would at least explain what type of Ki he/she is using.
- The RMH will not bring in the revenue blizzard expects, people will find ways of duping items, because really you can't stop the playerbase from figure out ways to do it, the economy of the RMH will be totally destroyed by it. Blizzard will flounder and bluster about the online single player being nessecary for several months afterwards until they realize people already have offline server emulators and THEN they will finally give in and stop screwing the player base.
- Given that the items, like the characters, are actually kept on the servers, duplicating items is going to require server hacking this time. Even if Blizzard's intrusion countermeasures are imperfect, just how many of the earlier duplicators are going to be willing to take the time to hack the servers? It was planned as online-only from the first moment of inception, anyway?
- Also, considering D3 has become one of the fastest selling games of all time, the idea that Blizzard will need to make money off the RMAH to pay off development is flawed. At worse, you could say that any money Blizzard makes off the RMAH goes towards server upkeep and additional budget for expansions. Mostly importantly, every game fanbase has this sort of reaction to this sort of thing and if it does happen, it's not because the auction house (or whatever) failed but because the game does.
- Its unlikely that there's going to be an effective server emulation for Diablo III, given that the game client is incapable of running the game on its own. Any work done on creating an unofficial, hacked server is going to require a lot of reverse engineering and guesswork. Still, its entirely possible for a dupe bug to exist in Diablo III, just like there was in Diablo II on Battle.net.
- Unlike StarCraft II or World of Warcraft, Emulating the server is simply inviable. All of the game's code runs server-side. Reconstructing a server will require the same effort as developing the game again. Hackers who could do that, could as well just start their own game company.
- Even if it inviable, it is not impossible. Those who are right now working on defeating the DRM of Diablo 3 will persevere, not out of a desire of pirating the game, but because their pride as hackers will not let them give up. A new kind of DRM is seen by hackers as a new challenge that must be overcome no matter what. So, even if it takes them years or even decades, the servers will ultimately be emulated, simply because they want to prove that it can be done.
- Well, it seems that the Real Money Auction House failed, indeed. But not because it wasn't used. Rather, according to Blizzard, it has failed because people used it too much, preferring to Bribe Their Way To Victory rather than put some effort in finding gear in their games. That's the alleged reason the PS3 and PS4 port of Diablo 3 is not gonna have the Real Money Auction House. So... Confirmed, I guess?
- Blizzard announced in September 2013 that the RMAH will close in March 2014.
- As of April 2014, both Auction Houses are closed.
- Sorta-confirmed, the Reaper of Souls expansion has a paladin-esque class, the crusader.
- CONFIRMED SIR!.
Sort-of confirmed by Reaper of Souls - the jewel contains the soul of Dirgest, who is the Xiansai God of Desire. We haven't found out what happened to it yet, though.
- According to Shen's mission, Dirgest has escaped the jewel, and Shen has the jewel in his possession now.
1. The login difficulties, plus other server difficulties, are meant to mimic the lag, duping bugs, tp killers, etc. dfounds in D2. People on blizzard wanted to bring a similar experience to diablo 3, but did not want to add things that would allow the death of hard core characters. While some lag exists, it has been greatly removed, while these new difficulties allow players to experience the server issues that are integral to the previous game.
2. The balance difficulties (disclaimer: I have only read about large difficulty jumps in inferno, not experienced them, so take their existence with a grain of salt.) are meant to replicate the wildly unbalanced skills of Diablo 2, plus the immunity difficulties. Players don't like to feel that their character choice was wrong, or get stuck relying on someone else for a particular area, so designers simply added large difficulty jumps to preserve the occasional feeling of helplessness and frustration in particular zones, while still giving players an ability to work through it.
Confirmed, at least for Diablo, whose soul was released when Malthael shattered and absorbed the Black Soulstone before being killed by the Nephalem. It seems the other Evils may have been incorporated into Diablo's own soul, so if he comes back, we're dealing with the Prime Evil version.
Inarius left a number of journals scattered around Pandemonium Fortress, but neither appears in person.
Nope, it's just Malthael.
Malthael does merge with the Black Soulstone, but the powerup is underwhelming - and Diablo's soul has been released with the destruction of the Soulstone.
A lieutenant of the greatest tactition of Hell would be able to time Diablo's arival at the Silver Spire and attack the Nephalem with an army of Angels only to feign weakness when the Angels he brought get shut down by the corruption of the Silver Spire. Once Diablo got destroyed Imperius would find the Black Soulstone and smash it on the Hellforge while preserving it's fragments to use to capture Azmodan's 6 brothers in anticipation of Azmodan's ascension to Prime Evil. Malthael's actions have only ensured that Azmodan would be the ''only one'' to obtain a fragment of the Black Soulstone due to it's destruction in the Malthael boss fight.
Belial actually was performing a skilled deception, and Azmodan was actually using good tactics against your characters. However, the nephalem's powers, in addition to making them strong fighters, also make them smarter, more skilled, etc., and allows them to see through the lies, and understand the tactics much better than most others could. Since this is hard to show in game, blizzard instead made a stylistic decision to show Belial using a somewhat more predictable trick of simply pretending to be hakaan, and Azmodan as simply throwing soldiers at the fort, and telling you what to do, as a way of showing your character's advantages in these areas.
- Imperius: "Tyrael, darling! What do you think of my new outfit? I feel fantastic!"
More sympathetic Angels like Auriel would also jump ship and turn themselves into mortals, like Tyrael, before it's destroyed.
Both of them are bald black dudes, and judging from Tyrael's usual tendency to be impressed with humanity, it might not be a surprise when he broke away from High Heavens, he just picked a familiar face based on his experiences to shape his head, and he chose someone that was helpful from him: One of the heroes that defeated the Prime Evils. He picked the Paladin, who's more likely to take on leadership roles.
As of why he might have lost a mustache or something... a small missed thing.
We were never told if he's benevolent or not. What's known is that he wanted to purify his own body from all evil to attain the perfectly good body, thus it gave birth to Tathamet and they ended up duking things out.
Meanwhile, some Angels, the bad ones, like Imperius and Malthael, who seek a more perfected world and has an intense dislike to anything with demon blood in it. What's to say that they got that trait from Anu himself, who wanted a state of complete purity? Meaning that if, for example, Imperius is a gigantic asshole, that trait was sired from Anu who only wants perfect things and not even bothering with the balance. All these demon hating that extends to hatred to humans/Nephalems can be traced back to Anu, meaning that perhaps in the sequel, Anu would be reincarnated like Tathamet via Diablo, and proceeds to say that Nephalems and Sanctuary are not pure good because of having evil's essence and want obliterate it.
Because let's see, a lot of the follower quest, particular Lyndon and Shen's are still unresolved. What's more is that all the seven evils were released and there are still 5 lords of sin unaccounted for(through it's quite likely that the five would be saved for Diablo 4). Furthermore, Baal and Mephisto have both concept art and could be found in rare lore audios. I think it's likely that, as Blizzard is planning to resolve the storyline started in D1 with D3, that adventure mode-only areas and dungeons is a good way to deliver content without a full expansion. That way a lot of space could be covered without needing to spend too much time producing expansions, and we could deal with some of the Seven Evils without needing to wait for an expansion, which would most likely deal with a Grand Finale where the Nephalem stands against both the High Heavens and a Resurrected Prime Triumvirate. Before the second expansion is released, content patches could patch in some of the Adventure Mode areas, events and bosses into campaign as a "prelude" to the second expansion.
Diablo has always been quite a planner. Do you actually find it weird that for once, he did not pull a You Have Outlived Your Usefulness on Adria once she succeeded jamming the Black Soulstone to Leah, reviving him? Instead, he sent her away until her services are needed. What does this imply? It means, Diablo has planned things since the Wrath video, and Adria would have been part of it, in case he's back for some reason.
Too bad the Nephalems had to ruin it by killing Adria.
Unless Diablo already have a backup plan in the absence of Adria, I think his defeat would stem from the realization that the Nephalems ruined his plans even before Malthael released him.
What was known from the Sorcerer/Summoner became crazed was apparently because 'he fought too many demons'. However, if you recall and play the first Diablo as the Sorcerer, you will visit Adria a lot. And knowing that Adria eventually became Diablo's servant quickly after Aidan's trip to the underground of Tristram, who is to say that as a Kick the Dog moment, she influenced the Sorcerer with either magic or rumors that his path to insanity became a straight road. Considering Adria's true personality, this might make sense.
So far, we've seen Lords of Gluttony and Lust in the base game, and the Lord of Envy in the 2.6.0 update for those with Adventure Mode purchased. If the game is going to use expansions to introduce new Sin Lords, it should only be logical that a future expansion or two will cover the remaining four, possibly even adding a new Act revolving around the remaining four Lords plotting something together.
The angels have purity of form similar to that of the Protoss, and the demons have purity of essence similar to that of the Zerg. Which would make their offspring, the Nephalem, akin to the Hybrid.