Diablo - All News
Tuesday - March 22, 2016
Diablo - Original Design Pitch
In an article on Gamasutra about the original design documents for Diablo that were used to pitch the game, we learn that in that original pitch Diablo was described as a turn-based role-playing game with randomly-created dungeons at its heart and that is was heavily inspired by games like Nethack and Rogue.
Over the weekend game designer David Brevik published a scan of the original 1994 design proposal Condor, Inc. (which would later become Blizzard North) used to pitch Diablo to potential publishers.
Brevik made a promise to publish the document online after referencing it in his Diablo classic game postmortem at GDC last week, and it's worth perusing to get an understanding of how one of the most influential action-RPGs of the '90s was originally conceived.
Wednesday - January 07, 2015
Diablo - A Night With the Devil @ Gamasutra
Gamasutra is hosting a new article From Radek Koncewicz about the Diablo games.
Diablo is one of the most critically and commercially acclaimed videogame franchises of all time. It has spawned numerous "clones," and its gameplay conventions have been adapted across multiple genres. The latest entry in the series, Diablo III, boasts the honour of being the fastest selling PC game of all time and the best selling PC game of all time.
So what makes the series so special? Almost to a fault, Diablo games are described as being incredibly addictive. That's a fairly vague assertion, though, so I figured it'd be interesting to take a closer look at the original game and get a little closer to nailing down its je ne sais quois.
Thursday - September 25, 2014
Diablo - Belzebub HD Mod
While browsing the internet I came across a new mod for Diablo called Beelzebub. The mod provides a bunch of fixes, and hd textures for the game. Here are some the details.
Project code name: Belzebub
Belzebub is code name of modification project, which will probably be most advanced Diablo 1 mod. For now project is in open beta phase (single player). Below there is short demonstration that presents some of the game features.
- Increased resolution and support for panoramic screens
- Fully integrated with new windows systems
- Many user interface improvements
- New hero classes Barbarian and Assassin
- All quests which were missing from original game are now implemented
- Four difficulty levels available in single player
- New locations
- New special and randomly generated bosses
- New spells
- New character skills
- New item types and affixes
- 204 unique items
- 28 sets with 105 set items
- 170 crafting recipes
- Great number of minor gameplay changes
- And many more...
In order to run mod, copy all files from archive to Diablo 1 game folder. Modification requires openAL library installed which is included in the archive. To start game run Belzebub.exe file. Remember that mod requires mounted Diablo 1 cd in virtual drive or diabdat.mpq copied to it's root folder
Monday - September 08, 2014
Diablo - Retrospective @ Continue Play
Joe Yang of Continue Play has posted a new retrospective article for Diablo.
Diablo had the basic formula of a generic role-playing game twisted just that little bit darker. The isometric game wasn’t complex in its story: there’s a missing Prince and you have to find that Prince. Along the way, if you could kill the traitorous Archbishop Lazarus, that’d also be totes cool. It’s not a complex story. For 99 percent of the game, it’s really simple and straightforward.
And through experiencing the game, you get a feel for its depth, its complexity. It’s difficult to describe Diablo in a positive other than “it has a good atmosphere” because its story is perfunctory. Instead, it’s more of a cobweb of mini-tales. The darkness is peppered with varying evils, falls from grace, and corruptions more twisted and tragic than its simplistic main quest suggests.
It’s an anthology in videogame format, and the dungeons are its pages. You traverse through them, coming across the monsters that call its vile lairs home, and each one tells a little bit more about the world they live in. And like the Butcher, these tales are relentless, seemingly unstoppable, and refuse to let you go.
Sunday - November 03, 2013
Matt Chat - Diablo History Video
Matt Chat is back with a new video that takes a look at the history of the Diablo franchise with guest game historian David Craddock.
This week, I'm joined by fellow author and game historian David Craddock, who has recently published the first volume of his extensive history of Diablo. You can get his book in a variety of e-formats here: http://dm-press.com/books/
Saturday - October 26, 2013
Diablo - Retrospective @ Venturebeat
Venturebeat posted a retrospective about the Diablo games about how it fascinated millions, and helped make Blizzard famous.
Click, click, click. That’s the sound of millions playing the famous action role-playing game Diablo. Now picture skeletons, demons, and dark, gothic architecture, with little piles of gold and loot spilling everywhere after a successful slaughter.
What you probably don’t think about as often are the faces — the people behind Diablo and the story of how they created a legend from a relentless, unforgiving love of gaming. Stay Awhile and Listen: How Two Blizzards Unleashed Diablo and Forged a Video-Game Empire, the first volume in a new series on Blizzard’s history from Digital Monument Press, gives voice to both.
Author David L. Craddock focuses on the rise of Blizzard North (formerly known as Condor) and the birth of Diablo. He also dabbles in the origins of Blizzard Entertainment (previously called Silicon & Synapse and later Chaos Studios) and the first Warcraft game. This section appears in the middle of the book, and it’s a necessary distraction. You can’t fully appreciate one studio without the other
Saturday - September 28, 2013
Destructoid - The Origin of Diablo
Destructoid has posted a new article about the orgin of Diablo with quotes from ex-Blizzard members.
Recently, I've been making my way through Stay Awhile and Listen: How Two Blizzards Unleashed Diablo and Forged a Video-Game Empire - Book 1. Considering the game's humble beginnings at Condor, it blows my mind to think about the success the franchise has gone on to have -- to say nothing of its impact on action-role-playing games and our poor fingers.
Ahead of the book's release next month, author David L. Craddock has shared an excerpt with Destructoid that delves into some behind-the-scenes design tidbits. He interviewed 80-plus developers connected to Blizzard Entertainment and Blizzard North for his three-book series. This passage covers quotes from co-founder David Brevik, composer Matt Uelmen, and more.
Wednesday - May 01, 2013
Diablo - Fan Film Launches Crowdsourcing
BlizzPlanet has news of a Crowdsourcing Diablo film. Well this could be either good news or bad news. At least a certain german director isn't touching this one.
Remember that spectacular French-based Diablo Fan Film production we mentioned a few weeks ago? It is still moving forward. The director, Michael Shaack, reached us to inform he launched the equivalent of Kickstarter in a french website named Ulule to fund the production of the film from pre-production to completion. Here is the crowdsourcing page. Watch the videos at the bottom of this page.
The fan-made Diablo film’s script is based on the novel titled Diablo: Legacy of Blood by New York Times Bestselling author Richard A. Knaak. The film script adaptation is written by J. Heska.
This project will only be funded if at least $17,726 are collected before July 5, 2013.
“Since time immemorial, the forces of light and darkness collide in a no thank you struggle for possession of the earthly world. Angels, Demons, Men. A precarious balance. But now, the fate of all is into the hands of a mercenary.”
Norrec Vizharan is not a lucky man. Born into a peasant family, he escaped the fate of high-ground by combining his talents lean muscles with two robbers ruins. Eking rapine in old Donj ons already visited by more seasoned competitors, his fate suddenly changes when he discovers the forgotten armor of Bartuc, the Warlord of Blood.
Armor that proves more powerful than it seems, and that wakes ambitions buried deep in his mind. But dreams of greatness, Norrec, will be difficult to achieve. Becoming the object of desire, it will face mysterious opponents servicing powerful forces, cross continents and oceans and sink into the depths of the underworld to fulfill his destiny.
Unless his greatest enemy is the armor itself, which seems to pursue its own ends
Monday - April 29, 2013
Edge-Online - The Making Of Diablo
Edge-Online has a retrospective article on the original Diablo. The article contains excerpts from ex-Blizzard devs such as Max Schaefer and David Breivik.
Simple, as it happens, would be the operative word for Diablo. “Back then, RPGs were so overwrought with statistics that the genre had shrunk to a tiny audience,” says Erich’s brother and Condor’s co-founder, Max Schaefer. “We wanted to do an RPG how we’d played Dungeons & Dragons as kids: hit monsters and gain loot. Our mission was that we wanted the minimum amount of time between when you started the game up to when you were clubbing a skeleton.”
Condor, the company that would create Diablo, was founded in 1993, and hit a quirky seam of good luck early on. “We were just starting out with Dave Brevik and my brother Erich,” says Max. “We were in Brevik’s house and he’d just quit his job with Iguana Entertainment. We’re having our first meeting: what’s our company going to work on, how are we going to make money? The phone rings, and it’s someone from SunSoft who heard Dave was free and had some projects. So on our first meeting we ended up getting our first job. We looked at each other and said: ‘Is this real?’”
“For me, the most direct influence was X-COM: UFO Defense,” suggests Erich. “The size of the characters, the camera angle and the tile-based random maps. I felt like it would make a great dungeon crawl.” Blizzard agreed, and Condor soon had a contract.
The game’s central concept – loot and monsters without the waiting – was never in question, but that doesn’t mean it emerged fully formed. Surprisingly, the ultimate action-RPG was originally turn-based. “At first we had it so that you would take a step and then the monsters would,” says Erich. “You would swing your sword and then the monsters got their chance. I think this was based on the Nethack or Rogue-style of game that Brevik liked a lot.”
Tuesday - January 24, 2012
Diablo - How it Saved the Computer RPG
A debatable topic if there ever was one but 1Up has a piece titled How Diablo Saved the Computer RPG, looking back at market at the time, the release of Diablo and why it was successful (with some dodgy assertions). From the opening:
It's safe to say that by 1995, the computer role-playing game was dying. RPGs were losing traction to the wave of games modeled after two recently innovative titles: 1992's Dune II: The Building of a Dynasty and 1993's Doom. After the success of those two titles, the computer game industry as a whole shifted to producing more real-time strategy games and first-person shooters. The dwindling audience that enjoyed turn-based role-playing games full of mechanics, simulations, and obscure details were then being swayed by turn-based strategy games like Civilization II.
By this time, traditional first or third-person RPGs were still being released, but pretty much no one except Europeans bought them. One of the bigger successes in the genre came from a small studio in Maryland: The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall from Bethesda Softworks. Yet that was more of an anomaly -- Bethesda saw better traction from shooters like Terminator: Future Shock and its sequel SkyNET. Even the stalwart Ultima series -- Lord British's saga of isometric RPGs in a fully fleshed-out fantasy universe -- abandoned its core principles in pursuit of the action-driven market. Ultima fans generally felt betrayed when Ultima VII Part Two: Serpent Isle -- a party-based RPG with a vast world -- was followed up with Ultima VIII: Pagan -- which featured a lone hero in a much smaller setting that bizarrely featured platforming elements (most likely in pursuit of luring action and even console gamers to the Ultima series).
Thursday - January 05, 2012
Diablo - 15 Year Anniversary, D3 "almost done"
Blizzard is celebrating the 15 Year Anniversary of Diablo (do you feel old now?) with a subsite that offers a retrospective video and video interviews with Jay Wilson and Chris Metzen. Among other things, Jay says Diablo III is "almost done", although that could still mean anything with Blizzard.
Saturday - December 30, 2006
Diablo - and Battle.net: Ten-Year Anniversaries
10 years ago, in the last week of 1996, Blizzard has released one of the most important titles in the history of Action-RPGs as Diablo has seen the light of day then. In the meantime Diablo 2 has been released (in the year 2000 IIRC) and there's been and still will be plenty of Diablo inspired titles. To celebrate the 10th anniversay of Diablo (& the battle.net), Blizzard has opened a website looking back at these past 10 years, their games in this period and more...take a look!