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BlizzCon 2010 Conference

Diablo III's final class and PVP plans revealed.

Eurogamer MMO's resident goblin commander Oli Welsh reported live from the opening ceremony of Blizzard's annual shindig in Anaheim, which brought us news of the fifth Diablo III class and PVP plans, and a pre-order plan for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.

Our live coverage of this event has finished.

Coverage

Some animated art from WOW, Diablo and StarCraft. WOW lead environment artist Gary Platner is welcoming the crowd and making some housekeeping announcements.

Oli Welsh

Now we're doing 'appropriate audience reactions'. He's just told the crowd of thousands in here to go crazy. Ear-splitting noise. Now: CEO Mike Morhaime. No beard this year.

Oli Welsh

This is a special year for Blizzard: two launches, 5 years of WOW, 10 years since Diablo II, 12 million WOW players. That would sell out Disneyland 5 months straight, says Mike.

Oli Welsh

Next Feb will be Blizzard's 20th anniversary. "Back then there were only three great Star Wars films in existence. Now... Oh."

Oli Welsh

We're going to see Blizzard DotA, StarJeweled, Left2Die and more StarCraft II custom mods which will be released this year for free.

Oli Welsh

There's an awkward pause and Mike does Horde and Alliance war cries. PowerPoint hitch then.

Oli Welsh

They're going to auction some actual WOW server hardware. Oh and Arthas has been killed 489,000 times in Lich King.

Oli Welsh

Blizzard is releasing two games this year for the first time since 1998. "I guess it's a double rainbow year for us. What does it mean?"

Oli Welsh

The SCII launch trailer was the number one video on YouTube for a week. "That means for just one glorious week, Terran Marines kicked Justin Bieber's ass."

Oli Welsh

Highlights reel of the last year, including last year's BlizzCon and the SCII launch.

Oli Welsh

Hyperactive footage of the first big Korean SCII tournaments. Thousands rejoce. They actually do.

Oli Welsh

Two great SC players including the out-of-retirement FruitDealer will be conducting an exhibition match tonight.

Oli Welsh

Jay Mohr's back to host the hilarious costume contest tonight - his bemusement is a joy to behold - and Tenacious D's performance tomorrow gets bigged up.

Oli Welsh

"Some of the band's content will not be appropriate for every age group. In fact it won't be appropriate for most age groups."

Oli Welsh

For the first time you'll be able to pre-order WOW Cataclysm direct from Blizzard, download in advance and play as soon as they turn servers on on December 7th.

Oli Welsh

Chris Metzen's here in a pimp hoodie to present a major update on Diablo III.

Oli Welsh

More crowd-baiting warmup cheers.

Oli Welsh

"I hear passion. I hear identity." Dead people? No?

Oli Welsh

Metzen looks like he's struggling a bit, complaining about having cotton mouth, but whenever he starts shouting it picks up.

Tom Bramwell

Now he's going to try a four-letter word on us to test our reaction. "GEEK".

Oli Welsh

"This word is power. This word is identity. This is our word."

Oli Welsh

Geek is... A slide of Transformers. A D20 die. Conan. (Metzen does quite a good Arnie.)

Oli Welsh

Captain America. Samurai Shodown 2. Thundercats. The crowd screams HOOO.

Oli Welsh

Geek is... Luke Skywalker. Joust. Action Man. The Matrix. Spider-Man. DOOM.

Oli Welsh

The crowd's lapping this up.

Oli Welsh

Geek is... Ripley in Alien. Thor. The Dark Knight Returns. Battlestar Galactica.

Oli Welsh

EverQuest. "None of us and none of this would be without EQ. Respect must be paid." Fair dos.

Oli Welsh

AD&D. The Borg. Lord of the Rings. "Geek is watching your kids watching Star Wars for the first time and wondering if it will transform their imaginations the way it did yours."

Oli Welsh

Is this guy going for President or something? Let's see the game.

Oli Welsh

Running massive online worlds can feel like big business sometimes, but he's here to remind us it's about imagination. VOTE BLIZZARD

Oli Welsh

It's time to find out who the final player class will be in Diablo III. Movie time. An armoured, hooded lady.

Oli Welsh

Two crossbows. The hunter!

Oli Welsh

Magical grenades, explosive ranged and melee attacks in gameplay.

Oli Welsh

The fifth and final player class for Diablo III is the Demon Hunter!

Oli Welsh

"I stand alone, and if they keep coming, I'll keep killing."

Oli Welsh

That's not all from Diablo III. Now: PVP battle arenas.

Oli Welsh

Deathmatch, team battle modes.

Oli Welsh

PVP and the Demon Hunter are playable on the show floor.

Oli Welsh

We're going to wrap things up with the Cataclysm launch trailer - with a special sonic intro.

Oli Welsh

Lights down. Deafening grinding, crunching and crashing sounds. Flashes of light.

Oli Welsh

PAIN. AGONY. See the sunny side, Deathwing old boy.

Oli Welsh

The trailer's stunning but you've seen it before and my thumbs are about to go into spasm.

Oli Welsh

The crowd cheers dutifully but it's been a bit flat, to be honest.

Oli Welsh

Still the Demon Hunter looks sweet as.

Oli Welsh

I'm going to get stuck into Diablo III gameplay and talks. This year's BlizzCon is all about the action RPG and the devil will doubtless be in the details.

Oli Welsh

Watch for more updates soon. Later!

Oli Welsh

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