Diablo 3 Blizzard North

More Blizzard North Diablo 3 Shots Surface

We all know Diablo 3 moved in a slightly different direction from its predecessors. We also know Blizzard North had started working on Diablo 3 prior to closing down. Over the years numerous work in progress shots of that version have appeared and now there’s some more.

These shots from 2D/3D artist Oscar Cuesta who was a Senior 3D artist at Blizzard North and Blizzard. Oscar now works as an Art Director / Senior Artist at Tequila Works.

According to Oscar, these images are from around 2005 and he adds, “At the time, models were pretty low polygon and we were only using base color maps”. Despite this, I think you’ll agree these are pretty fantastic and in-line with the art style we perhaps would have expected to see in the third game. They are pretty rough but you can see the darker mood Blizzard North was going for.

Blizzard is currently looking for inspiration for Diablo IV and no doubt they will be digging through the older games. Hopefully, some of these older images will also be useful to get an idea of what was originally planned by Blizzard North.

There is now quite an extensive gallery of the original version of Diablo 3 and these are the new additions. Thanks to HolyKnight for spotting these screens.

Update: After some investigation by Jugulator, there are few more shots that have been added as a second batch below. These shots are interesting because this appears to be a development transition period moving the game from Blizzard North to Blizard South and you can see the style starts to change slightly as more polish is added to the levels. The shot with “Winterstone” was still from the Blizzard North period of development.

Second Batch

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First Batch

 

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6 comments

  1. Jugalator

    Wow, thanks for finding and posting these and Oscar contributing with this history before it’s lost to failing hard drives or whatnot. I think “game archeaology” is one of my favorite past times, haha! It’s just interesting to see how games evolve.

    1. Rush

      Agree with you there. It’s interesting to see where they moved from and to with D3. What was on the cards appeared to be more in line with the D2 style which would be natural and it shows how a change in team can move a game in a different direction with different ideas.

  2. DigitalDiarrhea

    Very crispy.
    I like it alot.

  3. rytek

    These are fantastic. What really stands out is the hard edges that I think we came to see in the souls series. Thanks for sharing. P.S. just found this site after frequenting diabloii since the late 90s. Happy to still be on this journey with you all.

    1. Rush

      Thanks Ryter. Glad you found us!

  4. Holyknight3000

    Oh what could have been…

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