COLOGNE, Germany—August 21, 2013—The defeat of Diablo, Lord of Terror, should have given rise to an age of hope. Instead, it has drawn out a shadowy being of immense power, whose malevolent purpose is yet to be revealed. Announced today at gamescom, Diablo® III: Reaper of Souls™, the upcoming expansion to Diablo III, opens a dark and terrifying new chapter in the ongoing conflict over the mortal realm of Sanctuary.
Malthael, the fallen Archangel of Wisdom, vanished after the events depicted at the end of Diablo II: Lord of Destruction®. In Reaper of Souls, he returns as the Angel of Death and seizes the Black Soulstone, which contains the essence of the Prime Evil. It now falls to the players to track down Malthael and stop him before he unleashes irreversible havoc on the world.
Fortunately, a new hero is ready to join the cause and bring Malthael to justice—the Crusader. Driven by a centuries-long quest to cleanse the corruption blighting their beloved Zakarum faith, Crusaders are warriors of righteousness who have been hardened through relentless, brutal combat with the foul evils plaguing eastern Sanctuary. In addition to wearing immensely heavy armor and wielding a wide range of cruel and punishing weapons, this new playable class in Reaper of Souls uses battle magic to strengthen allies and weaken foes. A natural walking tank, the Crusader adds power and versatility to any party of adventurers.
“From the beginning, Diablo has always been about the struggle between good and evil, and Reaper of Souls explores the darker notes of that conflict,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “This expansion also represents a big milestone in the ongoing evolution of Diablo III, with key enhancements to the core gameplay, along with a new act to experience, a powerful new character class, tons of new loot, and even more end-game options. We think players will love playing Reaper of Souls, and we can’t wait to get it into their hands.”
In addition to taking the story of Diablo III from the legendary city of Westmarch to the unhallowed halls of the Pandemonium Fortress in Act V and introducing the incorruptible Crusader class, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls increases the game’s level cap to 70. Players continuing on with their existing Barbarian, Witch Doctor, Demon Hunter, Wizard, and Monk characters will benefit from an array of fearsome new spells and abilities as they advance in level.
The expansion also accentuates the key features of the Diablo franchise, with a greater emphasis on randomized environments to explore; epic new quests; horrific new monsters to defeat; and substantial updates to the loot experience, enabling players to further customize their characters with new and improved multilevel Legendary items, new Blacksmith and Jeweler item-crafting options, and more.
Diablo III’s Paragon progression system is also being majorly upgraded for the expansion, adding even more end-game character advancement and replayability. Two new game modes—Loot Runs and Nephalem Trials—are being added as well, providing fun and rewarding challenges for players to tackle when they’re not busy saving the world.
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls is playable on the show floor at gamescom, and Blizzard will be revealing further details about the expansion at BlizzCon and beyond as development progresses. For further information related to today’s announcement and all the latest news about Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, visit http://www.diablo3.com/reaperofsouls.
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About the Diablo Universe
Widely regarded as a benchmark for the action–role-playing game genre, Diablo (1996) introduced players to the dark, gothic world of Sanctuary and placed them at the center of what would be revealed to be a conflict between the angels of the High Heavens and demons of the Burning Hells over the fate of the world and its inhabitants. Diablo II (2000), along with its expansion, Lord of Destruction (2001), and several content patches that followed, took the series to new heights and depths, with an elaborate multi-act story, bold new character classes, and an intricate skill system. In Diablo III (2012), players return to the world of Sanctuary to again confront the Lord of Terror, supported this time by a vibrant cast of characters who join them in battle and aid them in other ways. With the upcoming release of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, players will face a powerful new adversary, uncover his dark plan for humanity—and take the fight to him in a desperate bid to save Sanctuary once more.
Woot!Shutup and take my money blizz :)Only downside, gotta wait till 2014 -.-
Ah new content, tempts me to come back to D3 again. Looks like good story line
this #$%^ is EPIC! i hope Blizz releases it soon....which it wont happen lol
I bet the Crusader and the Templar will have a lovely conversation when they meet .
I can't even begin how epic is the cinematic. Seen it many hours ago but still amazed. I know how many complaints around D3, personally I liked it. :) Can't wait!
As always, a totally sick CG teaser from Blizz.
Legendary CG cinematics as always
It's going to be awesome. sadly though, It is going to be a long wait.I like the Crusader, I liked playing barbarian with 1h + shield, but it was never that effective. And now you get a class built around the concept, awesome.
I just hope we'll get a chance to give that witch her just desserts... Imagine sacrificing your own daughter to bring to life the greatest evil ever to exist! well, maybe until this Reaper...
Sadly I'd be interested in this...if I still had any interest in Diablo 3. Great cinematic as always, but in the end it'll probably still be the for profit endless grind/frustration fest.
I paid nothing to get Diablo 3 and have found I have gotten exactly what I paid for in terms of exciting, immersive gameplay. I suppose if they give this to me it might be worth the time it takes to download (although I doubt it would be worth the space it would take up on my hard drive)
Promising features. Seems like they've adhered to all the cries, whines and, luckily, constructive criticism.Indeed they can't wait to get some cash back again, although with D3 being one of the biggest failures in top-bracket games, I doubt they will hit the new world record of sales. There were countless fans over one and a half decade waiting for part 3,but I doubt that all of these fans and more will be stupid enough to fall for the same trick.As for me, in terms of Benchmarking, I personally wait for Sacred 3, because even though I have never had the guts to even once complete the 2nd, I still see how a free, HUGE world is important for a successful RPG. Honestly, it's not 1996, not 2001. It's not tetris and 32mb graphics card time, when original dungeon runner could shine. It's 2013, and to rerun all the same locations over and over in style of dungeon running... well, won't recite the D3 comments about burnout.Blizzard has made almost one of the best game editors, wc3 and sc2, allowing RTS to be transformed into much, much more. It has established WoW as the top MMO, and for good reason. I hope that they will apply this customization to D3 sooner or later. Maybe 3rd person arcade(or how to call the view form above) MMORPG would sound too WoW-ish, but I doubt there would be those who say it's worse than the current state of the game.Still, also looking forward to it, provided that it will have better optimization and really better endgame statbalance. Sadly, Blizzard games are almost a tick in the book... you don't have to like them, you don't have to play them. But if you do not own them... you suck.
Probably too much to hope they add an offline play feature.
If they can deliver on the features they have laid out for RoS, I will absolutely quit WoW for it. D3 was pretty great, but had no sense of progression.
i had fun with the D3 i got from the annual deal, but not enough too warrant the purchase of the expansion.unless i can get it with some kind of deal, i wont bother with it.