According to Runic Games boss Max Schafer.
Max Schafer, who was the executive producer on Diablo and Diablo II, said that Blizzard originally intended to develop Diablo III as an MMO.
Runic boss Max Schaefer (one of the original developers behind Diablo), has said Blizzard originally intended to develop Diablo III as an MMO.
In an interview with Games.on.net, he stated that -in its earliest iteration- Diablo 3 was being designed as a "Diablo version of World of Warcraft."
Runic Games is the studio behind the dungeon crawler Torchlight and the upcoming Torchlight II. According to Schaefer pre-sales of Torchlight II on Steam went up 40% the day Diablo III released, and have remained steady."When I was working at Blizzard a million years ago we were working on Diablo 3 and it was an MMO. We were going to do the Diablo version of World of Warcraft. Blizzard obviously changed that pretty quickly, so we left to start Flagship Studios and we brought in a lot of the guys, so they rebooted with their own team."
Schafer explains by the time development on the game was brought in-house, Blizzard simply had "different design priorities and goals."
Torchlight II will be launching this summer."We're doing pre-sales on steam, and the day Diablo 3 release they shot up 40 percent and have stayed up. They're bringing in lots of people into this genre, and people are becoming aware of what we're doing through them. We're kind of piggybacking on their marketing."
NEWS SOURCE #1: Diablo 3 originally intended to be massively multiplayer game (via) TheVerge
NEWS SOURCE #2: Schaefer Diablo III was originally intended as an MMO (via) VG247
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