Diablo III Trailer Shows Off The Barbarian Class


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Can you believe that Diablo III is almost here? The long in development sequel to Blizzard's popular dungeon crawler franchise is here to bring isometric dungeon crawling into the mainstream spotlight again. With the release coming up so soon, it's time for the marketing blitz to commence with new trailers.

The trailer today focuses on the Barbarian class which is the physical weapons-focused class. If you choose to go Barbarian, be prepared to get up close and personal with your enemies. This usually gives Barbarians a reputation of being the tanks while lacking much in the way of intelligence. Blizzard is turning that perception around by giving the Barbarians in Diablo 3 an expanded backstory. Here's the official description from Blizzard:

"Though they were once misunderstood as simple, bloodthirsty invaders, the long and noble history of these proud people is now rightly acknowledged. And therein lies the greater tragedy here, for those of us familiar with the nobility of the barbarians remember too what they call their "vigil", the concept that lay at the very heart of their culture. The barbarians consider it their sworn duty to protect Mount Arreat and the mysterious object within. They believe that if they fail to uphold their duty to the great mount, or are not given a proper burial upon its slopes, they will be denied a true warrior's death, and their spirits shall roam the land without honor for all eternity."

While the trailer recounts the story behind the Barbarians, it's more interesting for its look at how the Barbarian plays. Players will be able to take advantage of a fury meter that will fill as he takes or deals damage. Once full, players can unleash the Barbarian's fury to create giant earthquakes.

Diablo III launches for PC and Mac on May 15. A console version has been all but confirmed. Expect more news on it later this year.

Are you going to play as a Barbarian once Diablo III comes out? Or are you going to play as one of the other classes? Let us know in the comments.

[h/t: Joystiq]