Read Diablo's Original Pitch Document

Read Diablo's Original Pitch Document

This is how history was made.

David Brevik was one of the co-founders of Blizzard North. He was there are the very beginning of the Diablo series, and as part of a GDC talk he made last week has uploaded a copy of the classic game's original pitch document.

Read Diablo's Original Pitch Document

It's not long (at least by today's standards), and includes only one concept image of the game — showing its isometric viewpoint — but it's still a very interesting read. It's crazy seeing a game that would go down as one of the all-time greats have to explain itself like this!

Read Diablo's Original Pitch Document

Of particular note is this very early idea for how permadeath could be handled:

Read Diablo's Original Pitch Document

I've posted the first few pages of the doc below, but if you want to read the whole thing, it's available here.

Read Diablo's Original Pitch Document
Read Diablo's Original Pitch Document
Read Diablo's Original Pitch Document
Read Diablo's Original Pitch Document

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Comments

    Design doc could have just been "Moria for Windows" and that would have been fine, only replace Balrog with Diablo and hire a graphic artist.

    Interesting to see that it was original intended to be turn based not real time. Glad they didn't stick with that decision :)

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