Will there be guns in Diablo 3..? It’s looking like the answer to that question is, NO.
However, some misleading text on the Demon Hunter class character page suggested that guns were to be a part of the Demon Hunter’s arsenal in Diablo 3…
Quote from Blizzard
Demon hunters are able to pepper the battlefield with scores of arrows and projectiles, or snipe distant enemies with a precision undreamt of by other heroes. Their arsenal includes longbows, guns, grenades, hand-thrown weapons, and even dual-wielded crossbows.
In addition to the erroneous mention of guns in the Key Features > Ranged Weapons section of the Demon Hunter class overview, there was also another tooltip description that suggested guns were in the game. The Crimson Runestone effect applied to Evasive Fire indicates the use of ‘exploding bullets’.
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At any rate, this little bit of news had some players excited about the notion of guns being introduced into the Diablo universe. A topic addressing the possibility of guns being in Diablo 3 was started in the forums, to which Bashiok quickly responded…
Quote from Bashiok
There are no guns in Diablo. Shame on anyone who wants otherwise! SHAME.
It’s an error in the text, and will be corrected. (Source)
So there ya go… looks like guns will not be a part of Diablo 3. That’s just as well really… guns don’t really fit the whole medieval vibe of the Diablo universe. I think that sophisticated, yet primitive weaponry is great – such as repeating crossbows. But a semi-auto or full-auto pistol would just feel a little weird and overpowered in a game like Diablo.