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Former Blizzard Internal Tester Fired: Reveals All About Diablo 3

In my perusing of online message boards, I came across a posting from someone who claimed to be a former internal tester at Blizzard.  He was willing to post anything people wanted to know about Diablo 3.  The rationale being “there’s nothing in my contract that says I can’t reveal anything AFTER I’m fired.”  Enclosed are the questions asked and his answers unedited:

The Former Tester made his post on 4chan’s infamous videogame board /v/.  Source is HERE [1], but it’ll most likely disappear unless archived.


Is it fun?  How true does it stay to D2?
Hm, it depends, if you liked torchlight, then it’s very fun, if youre an old d2 addictee like myself, then you will be disappointed.

Level design? In what order?  I.E: Does the desert come second act, or later?
first act: tristram and surrounds (monastery, leoric castle,etc)
second act: desert as you guys already know
third act: something they called the bastion keep. really shit act.
fourth act: begins where the meteor hits, then you descend into hell

Why’d you get fired?
I was just too honest and said things they didn’t like

Well, the obvious one first, did they completely ruin everything we love about it from Diablo 2?
Not everything, the loot sucks and the level design makes the game boring, just like torchlight level design

Tell me mr Troll, there is any kind of in game codex for shit like monsters and spell rune combinations?
No.  There are recipes, and some special items like lost scrolls with some lore in them, used in recipes

Coming to consoles?
they are intending to port it to consoles when the expansion development begins

If you’re afraid they’ll do something to you, the fact you said you were fired narrows down their search a bit.  If you dont care what they might do to you for disclosing info, then theres no reason not to show proof.  Either way, you’re a [email protected]%$t for helping a shit game be made
im not afraid, dumbass. like i said, my contract didnt say i couldnt disclose things after fired (i couldnt disclose while working for them)

link to the leak ? didn’t leak ? why the fuck you got fired before doing it ?
no leak

You’re either a liar or an idiot. Don’t even bother trying to explain it because you’re clearly not smart enough to pull it off.  You’d of signed an NDA when you began testing, and the NDA is separate from any work contract and still applies after being fired.   Blizzard has their shit together and wouldn’t allow a loophole that lets some little shit who got fired from such an awesome company to go and post secrets about a game.
ok. fuck you.

Are levels randomly generated?
Yes, in a very mediocre way

Runewords: Please tell me these are gone, I’m tired of casters just ripping shit apart with Enigma
no runewords
EDITOR’S NOTE: This previously read as RUNEWORLDS.  Upon review of the original source material, we’ve corrected it to runeWORDS.  We apologize for any confusion.

i dont really want to know deep dark secrets, or WHAT CHANGES havent they announced, or any shit like that, just one thing.  Is it going to be fun?
like I said, it plays like Torchlight.  The level design is really boring

What are the system requirements?
very low system requirements. It is more scallable than torchlight. You can play with a geforce 6 or any shit laptop from 3 years ago (on low settings, obviously)

“Let’s just say there wasn’t anything in my contract saying I couldn’t disclose things AFTER fired.”  Except yes, there would be.
no, there isnt. I fucking loled after reviewing the contract after they fired me.

Try telling us something we dont know or hasnt been announced already troll
ok, ask

Which character class is the most fun to play?  How long will the single player story take to play through?  Anything cool about the game that they haven’t released info on yet that might get us excited?
i liked the wizard. roughly the same lenght as d2, if you do the sidequests. d2 is bigger if you compare completing both games 100% (map, quest wise). you fight tyrael in act 4.

what’s the online look like? will we be able to create LAN servers, private servers online, or will everything run through battle.net? is it really as bright and cartoony as we saw awhile ago, or are the dungeons actually kinda dark and spooky again?
same model as starcraft 2, no lan

Wasn’t the final stage confirmed to be the High Heavens? Y’know, since Tyrael goes insane.

Tell us the games story and plot then
the plot is very simple, when tyrael broke the wordstone in d2, it basically destroyed what separated the mortal world from heaven and hell. so asmodan devised a way to ressurrect diablo because his essence wasnt completely destroyed with the soul shard. they invoked a meteor to hit sanctuary for its impact would generate energy enough to provide a portal from hell for a massive army.  tyrael was corrupted by asmodan also. asmodan is boss of act 3

“i was just too honest and said things they didn’t like.”  What where you saying that they didn’t like?
as a tester, my job is finding bugs and doing what they call 100% coverage run test. but they called us in meetings that asked us our opinions about a lot of things. i said the game was boring and doomed to be a failure.

What are boss battles in D3 like?
they are scripted pieces of shit. the bosses are big and make a big mess in the scenario, but they are easy

Compared to D2 why is it boring?
it doesnt feel as open as d2. the levels in d2 were much bigger than in d3. d3 open world areas are small ways with little side areas, and its ramdonly generated dungeon levels are mediocre, with rectangular areas glued together

What are the first 3 numbers of your EID? They’re all the same so obviously I’m not here to rat you out. But if you really are/were a Blizzard employee, you should be able to answer this very easily.  But I can pretty much tell you don’t work with us from how pathetic your story is.

what’s metzen like in person? pardo? samwise?
they are normal people, doing their jobs. i have nothing against them. the problem with blizzard are their rh department and some very stupid women with psychology mds trying to moderate the teams

who has the most say in art direction on the team?
the most say is always from the team that makes the interface with the stock holders

they have moderators? what’s their purpose exactly?
to ensure the teams behave well, no internal conflicts arise, to ensure everyone behaves like sheep, etc

-Do you know anything about blizz’s other projects?
-Who exactly is accompanying you on the quest?
-brief thoughts on all the classes if you don’t mind?
-fav thing from D3?
-Is it ever going to be released?
that titan mmo, it will be integrated with facebook, and will be more or less like second life
what quest? i think the classes are well designed, with each having different gameplay
i liked the skill system plus runes
expect beta announcement at blizzcon

does the story end the same as the other two?
the end is the hero sacrificing himself to act like the wordstone before it was destroyed, thus separating once again hell and mortal world. diablo isnt destroyed, it just got chained at hell

Were you able to play all the classes?
Are the classes all very well developed or some more than others?
Are there any homages/refernces to blizzard’s other games?
Are the bosses fun?
Are there a lot of random named elite enemies you fight?
Anything particularily funny in the game?
yes, it was my job, to do a 100% coverage test. well, they are developed, i dont understand what your asking, but if you intended to know if they are balanced, they are not. the demon hunter is extremelly overpowered (as of my last play). bosses are boring as fuck. they are scripted. elites are not as crazy as in d2, they have less enchantments. its funny to try out all rune combinations

Take this how you will…