Blizzard’s confirmed the male demon hunter for Diablo III.
The demon hunter class was announced at Blizzcon last October as the final class for the game, but was only in female form until now.
Blizzard describes the male demon hunter as a “moody” Clint Eastwood.
“This is a class where you get to play at being a little bit on the edgy side,” art director Christian Lichtner told EG.
“This is a class that knows things about demons that no other class knows. They understand the nature of the conflict that Sanctuary is in – they understand that it’s a fight between heaven and hell.
“The female demon hunter is obviously a lot sexier. The male? Well, he’s more of a Clint Eastwood type. He’s dark and moody – you don’t want to meet him in a dark alley.”
After a trial and experimentation period with the character, which seen him look like a ranger early on according to Blizzard, it finally settled on the look that you see today.
“People would be surprised at how much thought and design goes into each class,” said Lichter.
“As a result, both on the male and the female side, we talk to both genders to see how appealing each class is to them. We want to make sure that when we create our female classes they aren’t overly objectified. These are not your standard high fantasy characters.
“On the male side it’s the same idea. We want these to be believable characters that feel like they have a real background; that there’s some meat behind them.”
There’s screens of him through here.
Diablo III hasn’t been dated yet, but Blizzard is hopeful for a 2011 release despite Activision saying it doesn’t see a Blizzard release for this year.
A console version was revealed to be in development last night