Yes, We Could've Had A Diablo Set In Outer Space

StarCraft is cool. Diablo is cool. So what if… the two combined, letting you click demons to death in outer space?? Why, that would likely be pretty great. And it could've been a reality.

Blizzard prototyped a version of Diablo set in space, according to an excerpt from David Craddock's upcoming book Stay a while And Listen excerpted at Shacknews.

Its nickname around the office? "Starblo." Heh.

Craddock describes it as "a Diablo clone, but set on a space opera stage."

"The project earned the nickname Starblo for its mix of a space setting and the action-RPG formula that made Diablo so successful," he said. "Like Diablo 2, Starblo would take place over several acts, but rather than journey across a single world, players would board their customisable spaceship and travel to new planets, killing and looting the space creatures they found there. By the time Dave Brevik and the Schaefers left Blizzard North in summer 2003, the Starblo team had produced a few playable builds of the game, but still hadn't come up with a proper name."

Shacknews will be running a full chapter from Craddock's book next week.

Author: Blizzard prototyped Diablo in space [Shacknews]


    Warhammer 40K?

      I don't know if Blizzard is capable of such grimdark.

      i dunno, how many times can blizzard milk a cloned games workshop franchise? 6 games, how many wow xpacs are we up to? yeah

    should've gone through with it! it would've been better for them to experiment with a new IP instead of ruining a beloved one

    Holy shit. Sign me up to whip some possesed Protoss ass.

    Don't forget it will contain always online so no thanks....

    Wait, are they actually talking about a demons in space theme or just a space themed game that plays like Diablo? Because I appreciate a well done mashup of mythology and technology more than just another generic theme.

      If you want demons in space, there's a little known game called Doom...

        except you know doom 3 sucks haha the early ones rock

          I liked Doom 3 :(

            Thats all right everyone is allowed to make mistakes now and then.

        I never said it hadn't been done before, just that I prefer that kind of story to a bland sci fi only approach. Not that there aren't great sci fi only games, just that there's a glut of them - and throwing a little magic in to the mix is an interesting theme to explore.

    Instead they decided to make Diablo like WOW. Bleh.
    They already did Diablo in space. It's called Space Siege. Or Space Hack. Or maybe Harbinger. Or Greed Black Borders, or whatever it was called.

      I picked up Greed: Black Borders on a whim and it was clunky but fun. Absolutely fantastic music. If Blizzard were to do something like that then I would be very interested.

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