Diablo III Male Wizard, Expansion Revealed

The official Diablo III website is now offering a glimpse into the male version of the Wizard class. Although no real new information was provided, the Wizard section was updated with an in-game, animated rendition of the male character as well as concept art and a few screenshots.

Thankfully Blizzard has taken a new route with the male Wizard, trashing the cliché characteristics normally associated with the class: long shapeless robes, floppy hats, a gray beard. This Wizard looks like he means business, donning sinister-looking armor and a helmet that could very well receive television signals from the future.

But while Blizzard continues to work on the third Diablo installment, there's indication that Activision Blizzard plans to take the franchise further than the current game in development. According to a recent SEC filing by Activision, "Blizzard is currently developing new games, including a new expansion pack to the World of Warcraft franchise, Cataclysm, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, which will be released with the new and improved Battle.net, and sequels to the Diablo franchise."

Is Blizzard already planning for a Diablo IV? More than likely Activision Blizzard is referring to expansion packs for the current PC game rather than full-blown sequels. The company (along with Sierra Entertainment) released only one expansion pack for Diablo II called Lord of Destruction, published June 29, 2001.

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  • cryogenic
    There haven't been any Blizzard games without expansions in a very very long time. I wouldn't expect anything different for Diablo 3.

    Great games deserve expansions, as a fan I demand them, I don't want the fun to stop prematurely.
  • davendork
    The game isn't even launched and they are talking about xpacs and DLC? This isn't an MMO. What happened to buying a full game at the start? Is anyone else pissed about this? I got 10 hours out of Bioshock 2 that's a decent number of $/hr to play that game. I stopped playing Dragon Age : Origin when I had to buy 4 out of 5 story lines.
  • ryanjm
    ^^I get what you're saying, but Dragon Age probably had the most playing hours of almost any non-multiplayer game I've played in, well, ages.

    I somewhat agree with your DLC analysis. I liked it when developers made expansion packs when a game was successful. Now they plan on adding content before they're even done with the original game. Tough to say if that's charging extra for what was normally included, or if it is truly an extra above and beyond what would normally come with the game.