Announced back in 2008 at the Blizzard Worldwide Invitational, Diablo III has been in the works now for some time. Since Diablo’s original release, the franchise has received all kinds of praise and people are looking forward to the newest installment, especially now that Blizzard showed off opening cinematics at Spike’s Video Game Awards.

Diablo, released in 1996, was an instant hit and became a favorite among computer players. Diablo II was no different with positive reception and became the fastest selling computer game at the time. Diablo III is expected to do well, and it should as Blizzard will stop at nothing, even offering free digital downloads of the game to World of Warcraft players.

If the trailer is any justification, Diablo III looks to have one heck of an opening. Diablo III is set for an early 2012 release. Blizzard looks like it is adding more interesting characters and storylines to its games, which in the past have been brutal combat fests.

The Blizzard team has to be happy tonight. The gamer god title went to the founders of Blizzard Entertainment: Mike Morhaime, Allen Adham, and Frank Pearce.

The Diablo III game takes place on the dark fantasy world of Sanctuary, which was saved a couple of decades ago from the armies of the Burning Hells. Those who fought against the evil armies went mad from the experience of it. In the third game, players will return to Sanctuary to confront new evils. the characters in the video are Deckard Cain and his niece Leah, who are doing research in an old church. Deckard thinks that the forces of hell are about to attack, and that is indeed what happens.