The storyline in Diablo II may be something you’ve all but completely forgotten, due to how Blizzard games are generally played these days (“Continue, Continue, Accept”). If you’re planning on playing it online with random lobbies, you’ll be taken through the storyline at a screaming pace and it’ll just completely fly over your head as fast as a 90 MF Sorc can run Andrial. Fortunately, for those of us who actually care about the lore behind Diablo (because it’s actually kind of cool), Blizzard is doing us a favor and releasing novels surrounding the Diablo franchise, as well as their other very popular brands like Warcraft and Starcraft.
Chris Metzen was around at the SDCC to say something about it, and he mentioned that the studio is primarily planning to release a source book around the time Diablo III hits store shelves. So, warning to the people: Never.
Release date jokes aside (because if DNF can come out, anything can), the source book will be colorfully written like the journal of everyone’s favorite free item-identifier. Deckard Cain will do us all a favor by giving a detailed account of the storyline so far, character background and some cast descriptions for those who haven’t absorbed all the information they could about the classes available.
Currently, there’s a small feature on the Diablo III website called “Cain’s Journal.” If this is any indication of what the book might be, I’ll be looking forward to this lore book, and I speculate that it could even be included in some sort of special edition. Of course, I have no idea, I’m just guessing.