When Blizzard released Diablo 2 way back in 2000, it was building upon an already rabid fan base that had been growing ever since the first edition of the series was made in 1996. It only took four years for Blizzard to capitalize on the successful launch of the Diablo franchise, but it’s been over a decade since Diablo 2, and we’re still waiting on the third act. All indications are pointing toward the idea that 2011 will finally be the year that fans around the world can get their hands on Diablo 3, and if the long wait isn’t enough of a reason for you, we’ve put together three reasons why the hack-and-slash RPG should be on your radar.1. The Hoards of Undead — Diablo is the quintessential home to demon swarms, skeleton packs and zombie ambushes, and if you haven’t experienced the feeling of slaying tens of dozens of enemies from the underworld at once, then you really haven’t lived. Diablo 3 appears to follow true to its predecessors’ footsteps, by maintaining a strong focus on fighting off waves of uniquely awesome monsters. Whether you’re a double-handed axe kind of guy, like to cast magic spells or simply prefer to poke people with really nasty arrows from afar, Diablo 3 is sure to have its fair share of crash dummies for players to demolish.2. The PvP Arena — Player versus player has always been a popular style of play in the Diablo franchise, and it’s finally getting the attention it deserves with its own dedicated arena system. Players can strengthen their characters by leveling them up and outfitting them with weapons and items in the traditional online co-op mode, and then take the fruits of their labor right into the PvP arena mode to put other players to sleep (with the help of a few of your friends, of course!). Interestingly, Blizzard developers have already commented on the mode by saying that it’s meant purely for fun, and not intended to be a new game that should be featured in Electronic Sports tournaments. Instead, Blizzard welcomes the idea of potentially unbalanced character and item combinations in the arena, noting that the kind of silly overpowering feeling that players can attain is part of the fun.3. The Loot — If there is one thing players are looking forward to the most in Diablo 3, it’s undoubtedly the loot. The previous Diablo games were well-known for the extreme amount of unique weapons and items that could be found scattered throughout the world, and enhanced by the difficulty of the game mode. In fact, some items in Diablo 2 such as the Windforce were so rare to find that calculations could estimate that there was a 1 in 30,000 chance of ever actually seeing the item drop from the toughest boss in the game. Truly, Diablo is a game of item collection, and with early word that there’s even more items and combinations to be had than ever before, we sure can’t wait for Diablo 3.