There is a high possibility one of the new classes wil hail from Xiansai, so maybe an asian stereotype class wouldn't be a rare sight. A ninja replacing the assain, or a warrior based on dexterity rather than strenght ( a la Blademaster from WCIII). The monk suggestion may be possible too, but a class that fights bare handed wouldn'd be that popular in loot heavy Diablo. Most people want a cool weapon! =)
I think he was referring to cannons. I suppose in 20 years he could have scaled down to a hand cannon. Knights of Columbus I hope they didn't though because thats going to create another petition and more development time for Blizzard to change things.
I only think they are going to keep two characters from DII. More than two and the old classes would outnumber the new. The sorcress is probably the other one. I read a recent interview where Jay Wilson made a point to bring up one skill in specific, blizzard. He was talking about how its been in so many Blizzard games and how its sort of a signature. If its not the sorcress then I would say the amazon. Just for the fact that the class is not one of the more used class types by other RPGs.
The other two new classes? Who knows. I think they're going to be as much of surprises as the witch doctor was. Something that not everyone thinks of.
Yup, I'm aware that if Blizzard announces something like that, it will create quite the uprising. Just imagine:
NEW Character Class: MARKSMAN
"In the dark times of Baal's invasion of Mt. Arreat, the bold barbarian Larzuk had an idea to exact vengeance upon the Hordes of Hell: the manipulation of gunpowder as a weapon of great might. His unusual weapons were not ready to do battle with the minions of Destruction, but after the collapse of Mt. Arreat, Larzuk moved to Entsteig, were he was sponsored by the royalty to continue the development of these new weapons. With the passing of years, he improved the designs into the first riifles of Sanctuary, and now many warriors in Entsteig have become incredibly skilled in the art of the gunpowder, even enchanting their weapons with arcane rituals and creating their own explosives. 20 years later, the marksman, first dismissed as pure fantasy, is not an uncommon sight in Sanctuary."
Since they are adding new twists to the classes, maybe this time the ranged class will be based around gunpowder weapons? Do you fellas remember when Qual-Kek taks about Larzuk's crazy ideas with gunpowder and iron tubes... A hint perhaps?