Blizzard announces 'Reaper of Souls' expansion for Diablo III

By on August 22, 2013, 5:00 PM
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Blizzard’s first expansion pack for Diablo III was revealed during the company’s recent Gamescom press conference. The Reaper of Souls add-on includes a boatload of new content including an all-new act, a brand new character class and a higher level cap, among others.

The expansion pack will center around a mysterious character known as Malthael. He was last seen as the fallen Archangel of Wisdom in Diablo II: Lord of Destruction but is now back with a sinister new title: Angel of Death. As the story goes, Malthael has now taken control of the Black Soulstone – the very one that contains the soul of Diablo.

The new act will take place in Westmarch, described as a sprawling city environment with its own skeletons in the closet. One such example is something referred to as Death Orbs – probably not a good thing.

A new playable character class known as the Crusader is a melee fighter that’s been hardened through relentless, brutal combat with the foul evils plaguing eastern Sanctuary. Naturally, this character wears heavy armor and uses crude weapons to inflict maximum damage upon enemies but truth be told, the class will be best used as a tank alongside a well-equipped team.

Elsewhere, gamers will find new modes like Loot Run and Nephalem trials which should give you something to do after completing the main story line and a revised loot system – Loot 2.0 – that includes a feature known as smart drop to increase the odds of loot you collect being tailored to your current class. There will also be less loot in general which will be useful when wading through the sea of useless gear.

Blizzard stopped short of announcing a release date for Reaper of Souls although we are told to expect more details at BlizzCon in November.

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1 person liked this | Classified1 said:

Let the complaints begin!

4 people like this | Ranger12 Ranger12 said:

Can't wait! Although I wish one of these days they would make a full length movie, there cgi skills are killer.

dennis777 dennis777 said:

Haters gonna hate... just remove the AH and we are all set

misor misor said:

Let the complaints begin!

complaint #1: whaaaat! only 1 act in the sequel?

complaint #2: whaaaat! only 1 additional playable character?

complaint #3: whaaaat! no movie for tv/cinema yet?

complaint #4: whaaaat! no pre-order yet? come on blizzard, take my money! (if the sequel costs only 5$ )

Guest said:

I just hope Blizzard played Path of Exile before making this patch... then maybe it might be good...

1 person liked this | sentrycube sentrycube said:

Always love Blizzard's cinematics... Now the actual game, that's a real something else.

1 person liked this | RenGood08 RenGood08 said:

I hope it's as good as the cinematic makes it look. And the expansion for Diablo 2 was only one act. But there were two additional characters. My fav the Assassin and the Necromancer.

2 people like this | Domenstein Domenstein said:

Can't wait! Although I wish one of these days they would make a full length movie, there cgi skills are killer.

I couldn't agree more. Blizzard has the resources and talent to make a CGI of Diablo. So I'm not really sure what is prolonging it.

1 person liked this | Guest said:

One word come to (not the mmo)....I mean they really got me with that trailer. I love the death concept and all. I just hope it'll get even darker...So far...nice job blizzard.

ryan29121 said:

If its anything like D3, this expansion should take a good 1-2 hours in total to complete. Just another money grab from Blizzard and another way for the AH to fill up with $100+ items.

treetops treetops said:

Lol now all those items people bought will become useless

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