Blizzcon 2010 – Diablo III Fifth Class Revealed: The Demon Hunter

Blizzard Entertainment revealed the fifth Diablo III class at Blizzcon 2010. The Demon Hunter is a ranger which uses two crossbows to lay siege to its enemies.

a group of fanatical warriors sworn to avenge their beloved ones killed before the rampage of the creatures of the Burning Hells.

The demon hunter doesn’t seem to use arrows in a conventional way. They hone the powers of the demons as a weapon, and are resistant to the corruption of their demonic energies. This mechanic might be similar to the Hellgate’s Cabalist in a way, but much better. Not certain if she needs to buy or loot ammo, but from what the cinematic showed the Demon Hunter used a demon teeth found in a villager’s corpse, and before your eyes the teeth grows a shaft to become into an arrow.

As you may see in the screenshots, the Demon Hunter has an ability that makes her crossbows shoot over 60 arrows at once from the other side of the screen as a cone attack blasting through anything in the direction she points at.

She channels this demon power through her crossbows as seen in the screenshot where she shoots a bolt of light that turns into a heavy-assault swirling red fire.

Another screenshot shows another AOE ability that resembles Fan of Knives.

Vault: She can jump a few yards backwards, similar to the WoW hunter’s disengage to escape several incoming monsters to cast a devastating ranged attack, and she’s seen jumping to kick and split doors open.

Bola Shot: This looks like the Argentinian Gaucho’s boleadora (balls), chinese meteor hammer, and also seen in Africa. The weapon consists of two balls with a string attaching both. When hurled by the Demon Hunter’s crossbows they entangle around a single target’s neck and explode. Seems like a good choice for bulky monsters.

Entangling Shot: You will see two scenes where she throws some sort of shadow-energy trueshot arrow that looks like a harpoon. This arrow has a chain and binds several monsters together by chains causing some white flashing explosion and lots of electricity in a large area of effect.

Another ability looks like a meteor of fire coming from the ceiling and smashing the ground in glorious fire causing an expansion wave that devastates all enemies around the demon hunter.

She throws some sort of grenade mechanism that semi-burrows on the ground. When monsters come within its range, the three grenades transform into three huge round jigsaw gadget traps which shred them to pieces.

A few years ago, I speculated Blizzard would make a Van Helsing-like class, and this simply outdoes Van Helsing in every possible way. I love this class and her gadgets. It’s effing amazing!

The concept art reveals she uses a corset and jeans in her un-armored form, but interestingly seems to wear leather, cloth and plate. The right-most model in the concept art shows her with only one crossbow and an assassin two-clawed glove on the right hand. The plate design looks pretty much like the Diablo II Paladin’s with golden cross insignias.

There is so much more we need to learn about this class, and Blizzard will be revealing more on the second day of Blizzcon, and throughout Twitter in upcoming weeks and months.

Watch the Demon Hunter video trailer here.

Read the Demon Hunter lore from the point of view of Abd al-Hazir at the official Diablo III website.

Get Your Blizzcon 2010 Virtual Ticket

Blizzcon 2010 will start in a few hours, but you still have the chance to order the Virtual Ticket to watch 50 hours worth of HD video with 4 channels covering several panels, contests, and tournaments — including the closing concert by Tenacious D.

Blizzard Quote:
Hey, have you heard? BlizzCon 2010 begins tomorrow! You’ll be able to watch the opening ceremony and the action on the World of Warcraft and RTS tournament stages streaming for free at http://blizzcon.rayv.com.

The opening ceremony is scheduled to begin on Friday at 11 a.m. Pacific, and tournaments run throughout both days of the show — check out the BlizzCon schedule for details.
http://eu.blizzard.com/blizzcon/events/schedule.xml

If you’re interested in watching these in high def and accessing over 50 hours of BlizzCon coverage, including developer panels, the costume contest, the closing concert with Tenacious D, and more, you can still purchase a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, which also includes this year’s World of Warcraft pet and StarCraft II in-game items.
http://blizzcon.rayv.com/

We’ll also be updating BlizzCon.com, our Twitter feeds, and our Facebook pages with news, photos, and more from the show, so we’ve got you covered pretty much anywhere you go.
http://eu.blizzard.com/blizzcon/

See you at BlizzCon!

Paul Sams Debunks Next-Gen MMO Announcement at BlizzCon 2010

Forbes >interviewed Blizzard Chief of Operations (COO) Paul Sams, who debunked rumors that BlizzCon 2010 would be the platform to reveal the Next-Gen MMO. A particular comment no doubt keeps the rumor mill engines going forth. The Next-Gen MMO now counts with 140 employees and development is at full speed.

Blizzard Quote:
“We have built a development team for that product from our top talent here and augmented it with some of the best and brightest from around the industry,” Sams says. “The product is something we think is going to re-design the way these types of games are looked at.”

In August, Activision Blizzard chief Bobby Kotick suggested that the new MMO would not be based on existing franchises, in the company’s first-quarter conference call.

Sams dispelled rumors that the company would be saying anything new about the upcoming game at its BlizzCon videogame conference at the end of this month. “It’s not something we’re announcing at BlizzCon,” he says.

Thanks, Vincent

BlizzCon 2010: BlizzChat Schedule Revealed

Blizzard revealed the BlizzChat schedule to be held at BlizzCon 2010.

Blizzard Quote:

Our primary motivator when hosting each BlizzCon is to provide an epic atmosphere for members of the community to meet up and share their common passion for Blizzard games. In keeping with that tradition, at this year’s BlizzCon we’ll be facilitating the first-ever BlizzChat: Community Live!

Attendees will be given a venue to discuss a number of focused topics pertaining to the Diablo, StarCraft, and Warcraft universes and gameplay. If you’re coming to BlizzCon at the Anaheim Convention Center this October 22 and 23, be sure to check out the schedule below. Don’t miss the opportunity to share your thoughts on a wide array of subjects with fellow gaming enthusiasts.

BlizzChat: Community Live!

Meet up with fellow Blizzard gamers face-to-face to discuss various topics of interest! BlizzChat will take place in meeting rooms 201A and 201B, located on the second floor of the Convention Center near the top of the escalators.

Friday, October 22:

    Meeting Room 201A

    • World of Warcraft: Achievements – Noon to 12:50 p.m.
    • World of Warcraft: Guild Leaders – 1 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.
    • World of Warcraft: UI Development – 2 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.
    • World of Warcraft: Dungeons and Raids – 3 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.
    • World of Warcraft: PvP Battlegrounds – 4 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.
    • World of Warcraft: PvP Arenas – 5 p.m. to 5:50 p.m.

    Meeting Room 201B

    • SCII: Achievements – Noon to 12:50 p.m.
    • SCII: Map Developers – 1 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.
    • SCII: Multiplayer and eSports – 2 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.
    • Diablo III: Gear and Items – 3 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.
    • Diablo III: Gameplay and Systems – 4 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.
    • Diablo III: PvP – 5 p.m. to 5:50 p.m.

Saturday, October 23:

    Meeting Room 201A

    • World of Warcraft: Leveling/Quests – 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.
    • World of Warcraft: Classes – Noon to 12:50 p.m.
    • World of Warcraft Professions: Crafting and Gathering – 1 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.
    • World of Warcraft: Lore and Story – 2 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.
    • World of Warcraft: Role Playing – 3 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.
    • World of Warcraft: TCG – 4 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.
    • Blizzard Cinematics – 5 p.m. to 5:50 p.m.

    Meeting Room 201B

    • SCII: Race Strategy – 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.
    • SCII: Lore and Story – Noon to 12:50 p.m.
    • Diablo III: Classes – 1 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.
    • Diablo III: Lore and Story – 2 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.
    • Warcraft I, II, III, and Expansions – 3 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.
    • StarCraft and Expansion – 4 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.
    • Diablo I, II, and Expansions – 5 p.m. to 5:50 p.m.

BlizzCon 2010 Floormap

Over 20,000 BlizzCon attendees will attend the Blizzard Entertainment cult-driven event BlizzCon 2010 to be held at the Anaheim Convention Center through October 22-23/2010.

The floormap of the event is now available for viewing to plan and organize your calendar schedule.

Job seekers who wish to join the Blizzard crew should bring their resumes, and video reel or art portfolio to the booth. (thanks, Vincent)

Company Booths:

    Stage A

    • Future Plus (World of Warcraft Official Magazine)

    • Antec

    Blizzcon 2010 Floormap

    Stage B

    • Figure Prints (Awesome sauce figures of your in-game character)

    • ASUS/Intel

    • Razer (Peripherals)

    • JINX (T-shirts)

    • BradyGames (Strategy books)

    Stage C

    • NVIDIA

    • Cryptozoic Entertainment (WoW TCG Cards)

    • Pocket Books (Simon & Schuster, Inc.)

    • Blizzard Recruiting (Jobs)

    • SteelSeries (Peripherals)

    • 3 Point Press (WoW Steins)

    • Western Digital (Hard Drives)

    • Vasco (Blizzard Authenticator, security solutions)

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