Diablo 3 Competition

Out of nowhere, there were a bunch of posts on /r/guildwars2 about how ArenaNet “dodge a bullet” with Diablo 3 Open Beta weekend happening this weekend and not the next one (when there will be the first Beta Weekend for Guild Wars 2 pre-purchases).

At first, I thought those people are demented, as there is absolutely no relation between Guild Wars 2 and Diablo 3. Just when I started to think where those two relate, I really got who Blizzard is afraid of: Guild Wars 1.

  Guild Wars 1 Diablo 3
Gamplay Instantiated, story driven Instantiated, story driven
Skills Several skills available, but only some available during combat Several skills available, but only some available during combat
Visuals Gothic, ancient/Third person Gothic, ancient/Third person
Cash Shop Yes, controlled by the company Yes, controlled by players