When you can upset untold scores of internet dickheads with your game's colour palette, it's safe to say when you start messing with your game's important stuff - like character classes - you're in line for some pure, white-hot rage. And that's exactly what Blizzard are preparing themselves for when the next Diablo III class is revealed, lead designer Jay Wilson telling Videogamer:
All the barbarian players are delighted and all the necromancers hate us. I understand, I don't begrudge them that. I would hate me too! But what I would say is that when we announce the next class, which is quite similar to a previous class, then all those players will hate us too. You can't make everybody happy, but I think when the game finally come out players will find there's a good class for them, one they will love as much as the ones that came before. And if they don't, I absolutely promise that in the expansions we'll consider bringing back old classes.
You'd best stand by that promise, Jay. The Agonast does not abide character class tinkering. Next Diablo 3 class will make players hate Blizzard [Videogamer]