Expect Unique Boss Battles in Diablo III

Published on November 11th, 2010

Blizzard officially announced that there will be a new boss battle system in Diablo III. This battle system is said to be unique and nothing like the previous boss battle in Diablo II. Some fans say that it is like 50% Diablo-like and 50% Zelda-like.

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Some comments from Blizzard:

“I hope you’re not calling that an interesting fight, or saying Diablo II was replayable because it had no mechanics beyond the boss’ abilities.

In Diablo III we want at least some boss fights that aren’t defined simply by having a creature with more health, unique art, and more powerful abilities. We want there to be something more to them, tell a story, have more unique mechanics that make sense for the boss.

As far as the original topic, when health globes could be delivered during a boss fight, there’s really no limit for how they could be delivered. Take the King Leoric fight, they were delivered through creatures that he summoned, normal skeletons. Every boss could essentially have the same thing, normal enemies around him that can be killed for the potential at getting a health globe drop. Or, you could have something more interesting … like a boss that does a special attack that has the ability to break open some large corpse storage tanks that are in his lair. The player has to lead the boss to the tank and try to invoke the special attack so he’ll break the tank open, which unleashes some health globes. You could even treat the tank (code-wise) as a normal creature, meaning abilities and items could augment the number that drop and amount they heal, etc. giving some control to the individual player. If you don’t need the health you can ignore the mechanic, but it could be a way for players to try to game the boss and make sure they can survive the fight. Totally hypothetical, we don’t have a fight that resembles what I described, but it’s a possible delivery system.

I disagree that having bosses that do something more than simply cast the spells they’re given to cast kills replayability.”

There are so much fuss about Diablo III. We just hope that Blizzard would not disappointment gamers when Diablo III is released. Time is running fast and many gamers are already itching to click their mouse and slay demons.

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