'Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls' Expansion Announced


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It's been over one year since Diablo III was released on PC. The game enjoyed massive sales, but upset early players with half-baked always-on DRM. Now, with the game is set for release on current-gen consoles in less than a month, Blizzard is announcing its first expansion for Diablo III.

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls will add a new act and a new playable class to the game. In addition, the level cap for the game will be raised to 70. The story of the expansion involves an angel, Malthael, stealing the black soul stone that houses Diablo's essence.

The new playable class will be the Crusader, a melee character in heavy armor and shown wielding a flail. In addition, existing classes will be getting new powers, abilities, and spells to help them through the new content. Loot has also been tweaked for Reaper of Souls, and items are now more customizable. The game's Paragon system has gotten an upgrade as well, and two new game modes will be added: "Loot Runs" and "Nephalem Trials".

Along with the announcement, Blizzard has released two videos previewing Reaper of Souls. One is the opening cinematic for the expansion, another in a long line of award-worthy Blizzard CG creations:

The other is a gameplay teaser that previews the Crusader, new enemies, and the setting of Reaper of Souls: