So says Jay Wilson, design lead for Diablo 3. Not the game, of course. He’s talking about the next character class to be announced. When? Probably at Blizzcon next month.

For those who haven’t been following the various (and seemingly endless) interviews with Blizzard staff, only the Barbarian will be in the new game. The team wanted to create new classes rather than rehashing the existing ones.

Of course, that didn’t go over well with the fans of the Amazon (me!), Necromancer, etc. Now Jay is saying that whatever new one they’ll be announcing is sure to raise the ire of some group:

All the barbarian players are delighted and all the necromancers hate us. I understand, I don’t begrudge them that. I would hate me too! But what I would say is that when we announce the next class, which is quite similar to a previous class, then all those players will hate us too.

It’s a little (maybe more than a little) odd for the game designers to expect the fans to hate them. If he’s right, then they’ll have 2/7’s of the players up in arms (counting the two classes in the LOD expansion).

Yet Jay believes that “there will be a class for everyone”, that players will find one, at least, among the five they’ll enjoy playing. Given how the devs seem to be aiming at ticking people off (aside from the Barbarian fans), I have to wonder about that.

Then again, this new one is supposed to be “quite similar to a previous class”. In that case, would players really be upset? After all, the Amazon was similar to the Rogue of Diablo, in that both were ranged characters using bows. Only the Amazon was much better, because of the skill sets.

So it seems he’s sending a mixed message here. We’ll just have to wait for the new class to be revealed to see if he’s right about anger from the players. But I still think it’s strange he expects to be hated for it. You’d think the devs would have had enough after all the venom over the new art style.

Jay Wilson interview on videogamer