Geekay to host DIABLO® III Midnight Launch
Leading Video Games retailer Geekay Games, announced today that Diablo® III, the next chapter in the critically acclaimed, Action Role-Playing Game series, will be ‘Unleashed at Midnight’ on May 14, 2012.
The Midnight Launch of Diablo® III will be a ‘Geekay Games Exclusive’. Geekay will be one of the few retailers worldwide who will be selling the game at 24.00 hrs of 14th May 2012. The launch will be held at Geekay Games, Mirdif City Centre branch, Dubai U.A.E.
Of course the die-hard gamer would know, Diablo III is an upcoming dark fantasy/horror-themed action role-playing game in development by Blizzard Entertainment, making it the third installment in the Diablo franchise. The game, which features elements of the hack and slash and dungeon crawl genres
The game takes place in Sanctuary, the dark fantasy world of the Diablo series. This world was saved twenty years prior by a handful of unnamed heroes in Diablo II. Having survived the onslaught brought by the armies of the Burning Hells, Tyrael rewarded the heroes by sending them to safety. It is up to a new generation of heroes to face the forces of evil threatening the world of Sanctuary.
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The proprietary engine will incorporate Blizzard’s custom in-house physics, a change from the original usage of Havok’s physics engine, and feature destructible environments with an in-game damage effect.
The developers are aiming to make the game run on a wide range of systems, and have said that DirectX 10 will not be required. Diablo III will use a custom 3D game engine in order to present an overhead view to the player, in a somewhat similar way to the isometric view used in previous games in the series. Enemies will utilize the 3D environment as well, in ways such as crawling up the side of a wall from the depths into the combat area.
with many of the new features developed for StarCraft II also available in Diablo III. Players will be able to drop in and out of sessions of co-operative play with others.
An enhanced quest system, a random level generator, and a random encounter generator are slated for use in order to ensure the game provides different experiences when replayed. Overall, the game will include both static and randomly generated levels. Additionally, there will be class-specific quests to go along with the main storyline quests. Blizzard originally planned to have in-game cutscenes, but they felt these would divert from the gameplay and ultimately decided against them. Three new armor pieces will be available: shoulder plates, arm-guards and leggings.
Unlike previous iterations, gold can be picked up merely by touching it, rather than having to manually pick it up. One of the new features intended to speed gameplay is that health orbs drop from enemies, replacing the need to have a potion bar, which itself is replaced by a skill bar that allows a player to assign quick bar buttons to skills and spells; previously, players could only assign two skills (one for each mouse button) and had to swap skills with the keyboard or mousewheel. Players can still assign specific attacks to mouse buttons.
Skill runes, another new feature, are skill modifiers that are unlocked as the player levels up. Unlike the socketable runes in Diablo II, skill runes are not items but options for enhancing skills, often completely changing the gameplay of each skill. For example, one skill rune for the Wizard’s meteor ability reduces its arcane power cost, while another turns the meteor to ice, causing cold damage rather than fire.
Diablo® III Officially Licensed Peripherals like Headsets, Mice and Surfaces by Steelseries® are currently available at Geekay Games. You may also pre-register or pre-order Diablo III products at www.geekaygames.com/diablo-3
Dubai based Geekay Games is one of the subsidiaries of the Geekay Group MEA, a major business entity with independent subsidiaries in Retail and Distribution, across segments in the Entertainment Space. Geekay Games is a Specialist Video Games Retail Chain in the MEA region. They specialize in all Gaming Consoles, Games Software and High Quality Branded Accessories. For more info, kindly visit: http://www.geekaygames.com