Accompanying the official press release of this new post-apocalyptic game is a preview from IGN. By the sounds of it it's very similar to Diablo, as the preview writes fans of the click-fest will love Hellgate.
lot of the same principles are back at work here, including dynamically
generated content and levels, tons of weapon and item drops for
treasure hunters, and an emphasis on adventuring in the hell torn
London with a group of friends. Weapons and skills are being designed
to be both satisfying in single player and cooperative modes, and
although PvP is something that's still being considered, it's not
likely to play any kind of major role, due to weapons balancing issues.
You try to balance 100 different weapon types perfectly for both single
and multiplayer, and I'll talk to you in five years when you've pulled
your hair out.
The biggest and most immediate
difference is probably the perspective at which the game is
experienced, with first-person replacing the 3/4 field of view of
Diablo. "The first-person perspective allows us to create different
environments in feel as well as look," says Roper. While they loved the
game they created at Blizzard, it just didn't provide some of the
atmosphere that they were hoping for. One level in particular Roper
mentioned was the Maggot Lair. In that 3/4 view, it just didn't provide
the claustrophobic punch that could have made it perfect. They're
hoping that allowing players to look through their character's eyes
will provide them with more opportunities to frighten and wow them with
new things that pop up around every corner.
Essentially, it's Diablo in first person set in an interesting setting. Which is no bad thing, considering the talent behind the game.
Update: another preview is on Actiontrip, and there's a basic trailer available as well.