BlizzCon 2013 – Diablo III Lore and Story Q&A Panel Transcript
Presenter: Welcome to the Diablo III Lore and Story Q&A panel. The panelists are: Leonard Boyarski (senior designer), Michael Chu (game designer/writer), Brian Kindreagan (lead writer), Valerie Watrous (game designer/writer) and Justin Parker (historian)
Kindreagan: Hey, BlizzCon! I’m Brian Kindreagan and I’m the lead writer on Diablo III: Reaper of Souls. And I’m gonna ask everyone on our panel to introduce themselves before we get to the questions. So let’s start with Leonard.
Boyarski: I’m Leonard Boyarski, and I’m senior world designer.
Chu: Hey, I’m Michael Chu and I’m game designer and writer. And you can probably blame me for some characters like the Monk, Witch Doctor Covetous Shen and Zoltun Kulle.
Watrous: Hi, I’m Valerie Watrous and I’m a writer on Diablo. I work mostly on dialogue and characterization.
Parker: Hello, I’m Justin Parker. I’m the historian or one of the historians. We mostly work with the world that’s gone before and trying to keep continuity as best we can.
Kindreagan: So, Justin is the surprise last minute addition to our panel. So that he can help with the some of the really deep Diablo history if we get into that. So, OK, let’s open it right up for some questions. If you have any questions, call me up.
Fan # 1: One of the things that I kinda wanted to see if you guys were thinking about, specifically with this release is a failure cinematic, you failed to defeat Malthael, he kills you, instead of just respawning, do you see him destroying humanity?
Fan #2: Hello. I was actually told to address this question to Leonard Boyarski.
Thunderclaww: So, in Sanctuary the main barbarian is called Bul-Kathos. He’s the original barbarian. However, the Immortal Kings set which is like the main barbarian set, it mentions Worusk who is king of the barbarians apparently. But, is the immortal king reference to Worusk or is it Bul-Kathos and who is Worusk?
Fan #2: Thank you.
Fan# 3: Hello, What happened to the dragon? Where’s Trang’Oul? Is he gonna come up in the expansion?
Parker: Well there, there just doesn’t seem there have been an appropriate place to reintroduce them. I mean, obviously the necromancers are still referencing him and drawing on his power, but he hasn’t made an appearance since quite some time ago.
Kindreagan: So he’s out there somewhere.
Fan #4: Hi. I was wondering how the templar and crusader different ideology and will they have any specific dialogue in the expansion?
Fan # 5: Hello. In Zoltun Kulle’s archives there’s a bunch of coffins that are floating in the background. What are in them? What are they containing or hiding?
Chu: Well, Zoltun Kulle was really interested in a lot of different things. Pretty much anything that had to do with magic, he was curious, he liked to experiment a lot and so what you sort of find around the archives are sort of what’s left over from his experiments. You know, just magical excitement.
Fan #5: Alright, thank you.