Diablo 3 used to look like an MMO: Brevik reveals all

Wednesday, 22 August 2012 08:43 GMT By Dave Cook

Diablo 3 used to look quite different to how it finally appeared, according to Diablo 2 co-creator David Brevik, who was also slammed on Facebook by Diablo 3 developers this week for saying it wasn’t the game he would have made. While this is already known, Brevik offers further insight into the game that could have been.

It’s been a busy week for Brevik, after he was publicly called a ‘loser’ by Diablo 3’s Jay Wilson on Facebook. Now Brevik has discussed what his version of Diablo 3 looked like before it ended up the way it did.

In an interview with Eurogamer, Brevik revealed, “One of things we originally designed for Diablo 2 that never made it into the game was this idea of a Battle.net town.”

“We wanted to take that and make that a reality, make that into an MMO experience,” Brevik explained, “Then we had these towns which were not instanced, and they had lots of people in them, and you’re interacting and trading and selling and getting quests. Then you’d go out and have these experiences, but you would create these games and go out and play the game with a group of your friends.”

Blizzard ditched the idea due to low level players encountering high level characters and having them beat harder enemies on their behalf.

Brevik closed by saying, “So this idea of creating these public combat zones that allow people to have that dynamic social interaction is really what I wanted to make with this game.”

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