Diablo III is the third installment to the Diablo franchise. It has been greatly anticipated by fans everywhere since it has been eight years since the last Diablo game. Diablo III was announced in WWI 08 (World-Wide Invitational ’08) in Paris. Diablo III will offer many of the same features that fans have learned to know and love from previous installments, as well as some new interesting concepts. With no release date announced, Diablo III is still very much in the development stage. This game will feature the industries finest physics engine created by Havok which is also used in Starcraft II. Other notable games that use this engine: Soul Caliber 4, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Halo 3, and games inside the Orange Box. The Blizzards developers are attempting to broaden this game’s audience, and have said that DirectX 10 will not be mandatory. By making DirectX 10 optional, this will enable games using other operating systems to run. Diablo III appears to still have the overhead camera angles as the previous Diablo games, and this time in full 3d environments. Both players and enemies will be able to use the environments to their advantage. One example that has been featured is enemies being able to crawl on the walls. The setting of Diablo 3 still remains in Sanctuary, the dark fantasy world of the previous Diablo games. This world was once rescued from Diablo and Baal in Diablo 2 twenty years ago. The warriors that once saved and fought in Sanctuary have became insane from the events that took place. This opens the door for new evil and most of all, new heroes. Blizzard have only announced two classes out of the five that will exist in the game; the Barbarian and the Witch Doctor were the two announced at WWI ‘08. The barbarian, which holds similarities from the previous archetypes, relies on brute and physical abilities while the Witch Doctor offers an indirect way, through the power of his magic and summoning abilities. Summoning abilities and magic? That sounds a lot like the necromancer. Many fans had a feeling that the witch doctor would ultimately replace the necromancer, and this was finally confirmed by Blizzard. However, Blizzard said that the necromancer could make a comeback in future Diablo games or expansions. A very controversial aspect of Diablo III currently is the overall look and feel of the graphics engine. Diablo fans have complained that it is lacking in its “dark” and “gothic” side. The previous versions would have an eerie feel to it – and from what has currently been released and shown, it feels a bit too “bright and happy”. One must keep the following in mind that the game could still be in early development stages. There is very little written in stone at this point and with Blizzard’s secretive approach, we may never know anything until the retail version. Hopefully Blizzard’s developers will answer their fan base’s needs and still hold up to the innovation to create another great game.