Diablo 3′s Reaper of Souls expansion detailed: Watch the opening cinematic here

Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls

By on August 22, 2013 at 10:41 am

Blizzard have unveiled the first details of their upcoming Reaper of Souls expansion for Diablo 3. When it launches, you can expect new zones, the return of Diablo 2‘s Paladin (although it’s “The Crusader” now) and a level cap bump to 70.

The new Big Bad Guy in this one is the angel Malthael, formerly the Angel of Wisdom and now the Angel of Death, who steals the Black Soulstone that holds Diablo’s spirit and then lays siege to the city of Westmarch with an army of undead (in case you hadn’t guessed, this isn’t standard angel behaviour).

Westmarch forms the new setting for the game, and that’s where the Paladins Crusaders come from. They’re “mid-range melee warriors”, but unlike their Paladin inspiration they’ve lost their auras and gained AOE attacks that help their co-op partners while simultaneously murdering demons.

One of the biggest new features will be ‘Loot Runs’, a new game mode that drops you and your friends into an entirely randomised 15-20 minute dungeon appropriate to your level so you can farm for mad drops. Check out the cinematic below (and the gameplay teaser) and let us know what you thought — the official site is also now live with more information.

Source: Thanks, Makena!

19 comments (Leave your own)

If there’s one thing Blizzard still does exceptionally well, it’s cinematics.

Having said that, the line at the end was kind of cheesy.

 

Hopefully the 15-20min dungeons will have some sort of allowance for the time it takes to get full stacks.

 

nacimota:
If there’s one thing Blizzard still does exceptionally well, it’s cinematics.

Having said that, the line at the end was kind of cheesy.

 

Always epic cinematics from Blizz.

 

YOU ARE NOT PREPARED!

I find majority of Blizzard lines very generic and cheesy. But I still enjoy them.

 

Great cinematic.

Are they going to allow us to play offline so I don’t have to deal with server lag? Are they going to get rid of that filthy real money auction house?

If those two things happen, I’ll play again, as I quite liked the game but those two points drove me to insanity.

 

Does anyone play this currently? I played at launch, but I found myself unimpressed and haven’t picked it up since. Have they made any improvements that would drag me back in?

 
Some_Bored_Dude

kinkykel,

Being able to play offline would be great, or even in a LAN situation. I found it rather difficult to play with 4 buddies on one internet connection… We could play but now and again had the rubber band effect.

 

I got power level the other day to 55 by a mate. So I would say that yes people still play.

 

I have been playing D3 on and off since release. Never really had any connection issues apart from the lag I get when I first boot the game up. I never use the RMAH and having access to the AH to spend all my gold is nice since I don’t have the time to sit in chat looking for the right items.

I think they should make gear BoA if you equip it so you can’t sell your old stuff on the AH. Lets hope the new expansion can fix a few issues :)

 

They need to remove the auction house… For people like me with money to spare it’s so easy to buy an upgrade for like <$10 then spend a billion hours playing and never finding an upgrade… Need to return to D2 style of people trading for stuff.

 

wanell:
They need to remove the auction house… For people like me with money to spare it’s so easy to buy an upgrade for like <$10 then spend a billion hours playing and never finding an upgrade… Need to return to D2 style of people trading for stuff.

agreed there was a sense of community it was a great wayto meet people and build your friends-list

 

spooler: agreed there was a sense of community it was a great wayto meet people and build your friends-list

how much did you play online d2?

trading was a fucking awesome way to do your head in.

WUG WUW WUG WUG WUG WUW.
people show you their whole inventory worth of stuff. oh that stuff is pretty nice. oh they want 10x normal price for it. that was a few minutes wasted. or most of the time it’s all fucking useless, but you don’t find that out until they’ve finished.

or you sit in a trading channel with 100 people all spamming their shit.
=~=~=~=~=
SHAKO FOR SALE
/w *someidiot
=~=~=~=~=

repeated every 5 seconds.

there were some… okay… things about D2 trading. but on the whole it was a tedious fucking mess. whoever seriously played and looks back on favourably has the biggest case of rose-tinted glasses ever.

if you don’t like the AH/RMAH.

DON’T.

FUCKING.

USE.

IT.

you want to bring back the old tedious-as-fuck trading system because you don’t have the self control to not use something? fuck you.

and to the people that are going to say, “oh but then the game is too hard”. shut the fuck because your information is out of date. people have completed the game with all characters with self-found gear.

the opinions people have on D3 on sites like GON and reddit are fucking insane.

on topic: the gameplay changes look good. only thing I want now is named custom games.

 

Actually thinking of giving this another go. D2 only got good with LoD anyways. :P

 

skitzor: if you don’t like the AH/RMAH.

DON’T.

FUCKING.

USE.

IT.

This argument comes up with all kinds of things and it’s incredibly ignorant. I don’t use it other than maybe if i want a specific gimmick item or i want to gear out a new toon quickly and cheaply upon hitting infernal.

But saying “don’t use it ” doesn’t work you can’t still effectively trade like you used to for people who actually enjoy finding trading partners and using online multiplayer gaming to play with multiple people the auction house removes a part of the game that we enjoyed.

It’s the same with dungeon finder tools that find your group for you I hate them they take away from the experience of running a group because alot of the reward was the satisfaction of putting that group together and not having that diminishes the reward of completing the dungeon.

As for all your personal attacks and “fuck you’s” grow up. I didn’t enjoy the old method of trading I enjoyed the friends that I made because of it, people that to this day i’m still in touch with and have had many good times with all because we added each other to friends lists and traded frequently.

Just because you want minimal contact with the people you game with it doesn’t mean we’re all like that. If you don’t like interacting with other people maybe play by yourself ?

 

akira675:
Does anyone play this currently? I played at launch, but I found myself unimpressed and haven’t picked it up since. Have they made any improvements that would drag me back in?

Depends what you liked and disliked about the game. In it’s current state, it’s definitely an improvement on what it was at launch. In saying that, if you didn’t like the AH, the ability to change skills (rather than the old skill point system), or how each class played, this all remains still.

I played for over 1yr after the game was released, getting to lvl60 with all 5 classes and gearing up my Wizard to take on Inferno MP10 difficulty in parties. Also “played” the AH sufficiently to keep my gold balance at a “useful” reserve – didn’t sell brilliant stuff, but people still bought what I had as it was listed fairly.

I’m looking forward to the expansion and patch changes. The past patches have improved on each class pretty well and the itemisation patch should hopefully keep things interesting. The new Act looks a bit generic though… hopefully the best is yet to come.

 

spooler: This argument comes up with all kinds of things and it’s incredibly ignorant. I don’t use it other than maybe if i want a specific gimmick item or i want to gear out a new toon quickly and cheaply upon hitting infernal.

when the alternative is a fucking mess, it’s not ignorant at all.

spooler: But saying “don’t use it ” doesn’t work you can’t still effectively trade like you used to for people who actually enjoy finding trading partners and using online multiplayer gaming to play with multiple people the auction house removes a part of the game that we enjoyed.

d2jsp.org

or, support what I’m asking for. custom named games would most likely bring that sort of thing back. because that’s how you met people.

the issue is with the current itemisation it would be near-impossible to use D2′s trading system. with D2 most good items were uniques, and every now and then high rares with a few particular stats. trading with D3 items would be ridiculously tedious. tieing everything back to a standard currency would be difficult, and this is necessary in a robust trading system. item-for-item bartering isn’t popular.

spooler: As for all your personal attacks and “fuck you’s” grow up. I didn’t enjoy the old method of trading I enjoyed the friends that I made because of it, people that to this day i’m still in touch with and have had many good times with all because we added each other to friends lists and traded frequently.

I’m fucking sick of people who have obviously played minimal amounts of D2 complaining about D3 and saying how D2 was perfect. trading fucking sucked. that system wouldn’t work with D3, and to ask blizzard to bring it back and inconvenience the large majority, when there are alternatives to ask for is incredibly selfish and arrogant.

instead of asking for AH/RMAH to be removed, ask for custom named games. that would have the best chance at bringing back you are looking for.

 

skitzor: I’m fucking sick of people who have obviously played minimal amounts of D2 complaining about D3 and saying how D2 was perfect.

spooler: I didn’t enjoy the old method of trading I enjoyed the friends that I made because of it

I never said it was perfect infact I said I didn’t enjoy it I enjoyed the by-product of it.

skitzor: and to ask blizzard to bring it back and inconvenience the large majority,

I haven’t asked blizzard anything I’ve mad a forum post on a forum blizzard have no affiliation with sharing my thoughts on the subject.

skitzor: instead of asking for AH/RMAH to be removed, ask for custom named games. that would have the best chance at bringing back you are looking for.

Unless you removed the auto grouping tool this wouldn’t work, how frustrating was it to find a group thru the old system ? you click connect by the time you connect the game is full. You finally find a game and the boss is dead or some other shenanigans. You wouldn’t use that system you’d just use the existing match making system.

Also normally with those groups you stay till the act boss is dead don’t speak a word to anyone inn the group then leave and find another one, I don’t know many people who level’d a toon thru all acts with with public groups. You either got a rush or leveled by yourself/with people you already knew.

The majority of people I met I met thru trading people i ran act bosses with i had no need to see after that alot of people i traded with still wanted things so we’d add each other to friends lists and inform each other when we found things the other might be interested in.

skitzor: trading with D3 items would be ridiculously tedious. tieing everything back to a standard currency would be difficult, and this is necessary in a robust trading system. item-for-item bartering isn’t popular.

I’ve never said it would work in it’s current state but when the developers have come out and said they wish they could take back the RMAH and they are not including it on console versions clearly even they think the current system is not a good one.

Also we still have high level gems that could easily be traded “WTS [item] x[gem]” item for item trading wasn’t all that common gem trading was.

 

D3 is full of WoW players, they are playing it for the wrong reasons, ie they play Softcore, buy a bunch of gear, sit at paragon 1 and cry why they dont get upgrades or a feel of progression or acomplishment.

Theres nothing glaringly wrong with D3 other than incredibly standardised loot.

 
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