Blizzard Reveals Diablo III's Helpful Mercenaries

Blizzard Reveals Diablo III's Helpful Mercenaries

A recently released video from Blizzard Entertainment unveils three new additions to the Diablo III cast.

Now don't get too excited. These aren't three new playable characters that Blizzard has been keeping a lid on. Instead, the latest media from the beloved developer unveils Diablo III's "Followers System."

These three helpful mercenaries can be considered the Diablo III analogue to the hirelings found in Diablo II. As in their previous incarnation, followers exist primarily to assist players in their quest to murder as many demonic beasts as possible.

That said, the new system brings with it a number of changes. Most crucially, followers will only be available in Diablo III's single-player mode. "It encourages co-op by giving people that are going to be playing the game alone from the start many of the thoughts and process that go into playing with another person," Blizzard claims.

Instead of simply hiring followers from friendly merchants, players will have to complete special quests. All three variations will be found relatively early in the game, and once located players will have the option to decide which AI-controlled companion they use via the game's caravan system.

Followers can be equipped with armor and weaponry, and unlike Diablo II's hirelings, their aesthetics will change in real-time depending on what sort of gear they're wearing.

Most intriguingly, Blizzard claims that each follower will have his or her own exclusive item type that not only improves their value as demon killers, but also ties into each character's unique storyline.

A full run-down on the system straight from the developer can be found on the game's official forums, alongside a collection of designer justifications for the inevitable gripes from the intensely critical Diablo fanbase.

Source: Battle.net

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This looks great. The graphics could use a touch up, but I think this is a naturally expanded incarnation of D2's Mercenaries. It reminds me of classic BioWare like Neverwinter Nights, in a way.

I want Diablo 3.

Cool. Thought they looked maybe a bit too powerful, so it's good to hear that they're single-player only. Also would have flooded the screen too much to have eight players all running around with their own mercenaries.

Nice little thing that I won't use becaus my Hunter will be a lone wolf...

Uhh...I don't get it. How is this supposed to be enticing?

AnythingOutstanding:
Uhh...I don't get it. How is this supposed to be enticing?

Did you ever play, say, Neverwinter Nights? You got henchmen in that game that you could use to offset your own skills. So if you were, say, a wizard you'd want to get a party tank. If you were a fighter or barbarian you wanted a ranger or a caster, etc.

This looks to be similar.

But, but, this already has a thread on the Escapist,

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/6.283604-Trailers-Diablo-III-Follower-System?page=1

Why must you confuse me so.

Eric the Orange:
But, but, this already has a thread on the Escapist,

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/6.283604-Trailers-Diablo-III-Follower-System?page=1

Why must you confuse me so.

The video itself, was posted almost one day earlier on Korean official website. It was taken off very fast but someone repost it on Youtube. This time is the official reveal of the system.

 

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