On Tuesday Blizzard sent over a short animated Diablo 3 clip from director Peter Chung and acclaimed animation studio Titmouse. It depicts a unique vision of a fundamental moment in the battle between the High Heavens and the Burning Hells, a moment that took place long before the creation of Sanctuary. If you ever wanted to see what a Diablo-themed anime would look like, here's your chance.
"Watch the behind-the-scenes interviews with Nick Carpenter, Chris Metzen, James Waugh, renowned director Peter Chung (of Aeon Flux fame), and Chris Prynoski, president and owner of Titmouse, Inc., to learn more about this short-length film and what it took to bring its story to life, from concept to creation," Blizzard writes in an email.
The video is the final unlock of Blizzard’s "Darkness Falls, Heroes Rise" promotion for Diablo 3. "Travelers to New Tristram have uncovered the dark secrets below through their courageous efforts in the Mark of Valor contest contest, and by sharing their own original interpretations of the Diablo universe in the Art contest. Some valiant contributors have even been chosen as heroes for their heroic endeavors," the site reads.
So far there's no indication that additional episodes will go into production beyond the current tease, but fans only have less than a week before the actual PC game goes live after a 12-year wait. With the beta testing servers now closed, no one is playing the game until May 15. The installer will actually be unlocked at 8:01 a.m. PDT on May 14 so that users can begin to install the game, troubleshoot any issues that may occur, download and install the launch day 1.0.1 patch, and be ready to play as soon as the servers come online.