Blizzard sure knows how to get fans excited. Anticipation for Diablo 3 has reached a fever pitch, and with good reason—it's been 12 years since the last entry in the massively popular action RPG series.

They may have taken their time bringing Diablo into the modern era, but that's because they were determined to make it the best game they possible could. To that end, we've chatted with Diablo 3's lead gameplay designer, Kevin Martens, about the 12 ways the game is changing the series.

Read on and tell us about what you're doing to prepare for Diablo 3 in the comments or on Twitter.