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Jay Wilson Interview: D3 Character Build Variety

Diii.net's exclusive interview with D3 Game Director Jay Wilson continues with some more character and skill coverage. In this installment Jay talks about how Blizzard designs the skills and characters to allow for a wide variety of viable builds and play styles, and how that process is one part design and several larger parts luck/surrendering to the fiendish ingenuity of the players.

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Medievaldragon3144d ago

I like all the features mentioned to further customize your character. And the fact you can spend points across any of the skill trees to access the next tier.

Leord3144d ago

This might turn out to be more useful than they realize!

It allows people to put skills pretty flat, and with a few dependency lines, it's still pretty darn balanced.

Cogo3144d ago

It's also harder to balance though. W'll see how they get out of this one...

Xulfxulf3144d ago

I found interesting Jay's comments about surrendering the game to the players and not trying to make patch changes or tweaks to maintain how the designer wants it to be. Obviously that's not yet a problem with D3, but someday... it will be ours. The precious?

Leord3144d ago

Well, there needs to be a basic balance. I think what he means is just that they won;t be twiddling with it like on WoW..

Xulfxulf3144d ago

They can "twiddle on with it" and in fact they'll probably be required to do so, but there's a proper psychological state required. I've read about that in books and postmortems by Raph and other MMO designers. That games are often ruined by designers who can't let go of their vision and who keep trying to enforce it on the players. I'd guess Jay's read those same books/postmortems.

Maticus3144d ago

I really enjoyed the melee sorceress, I hope they bring back the wizard version.

moondragon3144d ago

Very intresting options you as a player seems to have. I like the Tier thing as well.

Cogo3144d ago

People complaining about the auto-stat assignment are weird. There will be plenty of variety as it is. At least what they have shown so far!

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