Blizz recently announced on Diablo’s Twitter page that there is going to be a massive amount of skill customization available to characters in Diablo 3. With base skills and rune combos combined, the number of possible skill variants has reached over 700!
We knew that runes were going to add quite a bit of variety to skills and specializations, but sheesh… 700 possibilities..?!
What’s really crazy is that all of these skill variants are visually unique in some way…
Quote from Bashiok
It’s staggering really, even to me still. Those are all unique in their visuals too, which is important to note. Sure some of them may be simple color shifts but most of them are unique mechanics with completely unique visual effects. It’s crazy. Big up to our effects guys. (Source)
Due to this insane amount of customization and build flexibility, Blizzard has also announced plans of some sort of talent respec system. The exact details of this new system are unclear, but it has been stated that it will not allow for global talent resets. The process of respeccing talents will be on a per skill basis, and will require the jumping through of hoops as it were. Some talent restes will be easy to obtain, while others will require a lot more effort or luck.