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Diablo 3's Male Hunter Inspired by Eastwood?

By - Source: Eurogamer | B 31 comments

The male Demon Hunter has traits of Clint Eastwood, Trent Reznor.

Friday Blizzard revealed another playable character from the upcoming action/RPG game Diablo 3: the male version of the Demon Hunter class. The female version was previously revealed last fall during BlizzCon 2010, a sexier-yet-edgy counterpart to the new Clint Eastwood/Trent Reznor-inspired character shown today.

"This is a class where you get to play at being a little bit on the edgy side," said art director Christian Lichtner in an exclusive reveal with Eurogamer. "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."

Lichtner said the male Demon Hunter was dark and moody, someone you wouldn't want to meet in an alley. "He's definitely the most stylish, most metropolitan of our characters," added senior designer Jason Bender. "He's got a modern sensibility in that regard. I think of Trent Reznor when I look at him."

Originally the Demon Hunter was more like a Ranger, resembling Aragon from The Lord of the Rings. Ultimately the team felt that the class needed a little bit of a twist, and experimented with various themes and weapons. According to Lichtner, the team went through "round after round" of iterations before settling on the final version.

"People would be surprised at how much thought and design goes into each class," Lichtner said. "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."

The male Demon Hunter now completes the Diablo 3 roster, joining the female Demon Hunter and the male and female Monk, Barbarian, Witch Doctor and Wizard classes.

Last week Blizzard's Rob Pardo said that the team was pushing to get Diablo 3 on shelves by the end of the year. Activision CFO Thomas Tippl also hinted that the action/RPG game will be on shelves in 2012 at the very latest. As it stands now, Diablo 3 is officially coming to the PC and Mac platforms, but a recent job listing now indicates that a console version may be in the works as well.

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    stm1185 , February 18, 2011 11:34 PM
    Kind of looks like a girl with those wide hips and thin waste. Maybe that feminine body type appeals to people who want to play a ranged class.
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    Anonymous , February 19, 2011 12:33 AM
    Blizzard time... I would be pleasantly surprised if it was true.
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    henydiah , February 19, 2011 5:09 AM
    wait game will out
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    tripplenipple1224 , February 19, 2011 7:51 AM
    Does he have the clint eastwood racism?
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    goatsetung , February 19, 2011 7:52 AM
    Agreed, mens hips are about the same width as their waist. Looks like a muscular woman. I like blizzard but they tend to go over the top, sometimes less is more.
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    tavix , February 19, 2011 8:36 AM
    I hope they modified the pokemon colored graphics with rainbows, flowers, petals and other craps!
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    Wish I Was Wealthy , February 19, 2011 9:26 AM
    Not wrong,the hips are a bit too female for my likes...Also if clint was their,you would'nt be seeing any of those female type hips...If they probably added a little bit of clint,it was because he use to do all those spagetti westerns for italian directors in his past...One of those examples of spagetti westerns where "The Good,The Bad and the Ugly"...That may appeal to some other market to try to get more sales...
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    Wish I Was Wealthy , February 19, 2011 9:33 AM
    I wish you would stop putting up your adds on these posts & start paying for them...
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    Kahless01 , February 19, 2011 12:05 PM
    are you goobers looking at his hips or the gun holsters looking things that make his hips look bigger? and its just a damn cartoon why do you care about the waist to hips ratio of a dude?
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    Kahless01 , February 19, 2011 12:05 PM
    are you goobers looking at his hips or the gun holsters looking things that make his hips look bigger? and its just a damn cartoon why do you care about the waist to hips ratio of a dude?
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    tavix , February 19, 2011 2:51 PM
    That dude looks like a woman with muscles. They should cut the crack to half on their design studio...
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    f-14 , February 19, 2011 3:02 PM
    chick lookin char body.
    trent reznor and clint eastwoods belly/waist is equal to the size of the lower ribcage along with most male people i know.
    the only people with perfectly hour glass figures like the male demon hunter i know are women, not men.
    while the hip armor is cool looking, i already get a sense of this characters movement not looking right. he's going to have to walk with some real swagger like popeye in order for his arm movement to not interfer with his stride and those grieves.
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    Maxor127 , February 19, 2011 3:30 PM
    I don't see Eastwood or Reznor in it. It looks like they stole it from Assassin's Creed concept art, though.
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    web11 , February 19, 2011 5:10 PM
    Guys click on the picture, it looks good full size. I had the same impression when I looked at the thumbnail, its just shrunk to the wrong proportions.
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    GNCD , February 19, 2011 8:27 PM
    The pic looks better when zoomed. Those holsters make him look fat...
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    Djanarak , February 20, 2011 11:02 AM
    FAIL on the concept art. Left and right arms should change position when viewing the character from behind. Someone got lazy and just added a layer to cover the face and crotch?
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    jeffredo , February 20, 2011 3:24 PM
    Going to be a hectic end of the year for me. Bethesda will probably beat them to market with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and then before I can even scratch the surface of that Blizzard will come out with Diablo III for the holidays. Oy!
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    digitalexplosives , February 21, 2011 3:43 AM
    If it has anything to do with Clint he would have a revolver, axe handle and a horse along with a cigar and western style hat, and have squinted eyes that say "I am about to fuck you up!"
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    loren11 , February 21, 2011 5:43 AM
    This class simply looks stunning! Diablo 3 will be a rock solid top notch game!
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    of the way , February 21, 2011 12:30 PM
    Aragon? He didn't sit on a dragon's egg.
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