Not much has been revealed about "Diablo III"'s storyline, but lead designer Jay Wilson did tell me that the game will round out the story arc set up by the previous two games.
The plot behind "Diablo III" was developed with Blizzard's VP of creative development Chris Metzen, who crafted the tales for the first two games. In the first "Diablo," the player quests to kill the Lord of Terror.
Then in "Diablo II" and its expansion, the player is an adventurer set off to discover what happened to the warrior from the first title, who became corrupted, and fight the Prime Evils, other Hell-spawned superpowers unleashed by Diablo.
Wilson also told me that in addition to fan-favorite Deckard Cain, "Diablo III" will feature other characters from "Diablo" lore.
"We also tried to focus a little more on bringing characters back, and not just from 'Diablo II' but from 'Diablo I,'" he said. "We feel like a lot of the focus is on 'Diablo II' but 'Diablo I' started it all and has a lot of really good stuff on the gameplay side and on the character side. So people can expect to see characters from 'Diablo I,' more characters from 'Diablo II,' and characters from some of the books. We're definitely going to bring a few of them in."
And while "Diablo III" ends the trilogy, fans needn't worry -- it's not the final curtain for "Diablo." "We're not saying this is the end of the 'Diablo' universe, but we are trying to bring this storyline to a close," Wilson said. "It's not just 'Diablo III' -- we've got plans beyond."
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