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Diablo III: Reaper of Souls in 2014 – No one can Stop Death

Posted on August 21, 2013 at 7:13 pm by Justin Cavender

The reaping has begun…

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls

Earlier today at Gamescom, Blizzard announced Reaper of Souls, a new expansion for Diablo III. You might be asking yourself, “what the hell, man? I thought we killed that demon son of a bitch?” Sadly, Diablo’s essence lingers in the Black Soulstone, which inconveniently can’t be destroyed. Enter Malthael, the Angel of Death, who wants the Black Soulstone and its power… Eek!

Reaper of Souls brings buckets of new content including a new playable class (the Crusader), an increased level cap, new monsters, new environments, an upgraded Paragon system, and most importantly, new loot.

The Crusader class packs quite a wallop with skills like shield bash and falling sword. This beastly walking tank will destroy anything or anyone in his or her path. Demons must go straight to hell, do not pass go, do not collect $200.

The new expansion brings the level cap to 70 and with new experience levels comes new spells and abilities. Luckily this also includes your existing characters such as the Barbarian, Witch Doctor, Demon Hunter, Wizard, and Monk. The Paragon system will be “majorly upgraded” including the removal of the Paragon level cap. My Wizard shall become unstoppable! Muhahahaha.

Reaper of Souls

Taking place in Act V,  players will journey “from the sprawling streets of Westmarch to the ancient walls of the Pandemonium Fortress.” Here you will face new monsters, demons, and fallen angels. I don’t know about you guys, but those glowing-winged bastards never sent me a thank you card for stopping Diablo. Bunch of ingrates, boy I tell you WHUT.

Perhaps the best news out of this announcement comes the overhaul of the loot system. Anyone that has ever played Diablo knows how frustrating loot can be. It’s best to play with friends because chances are the crap that drops for you will better suit them and vice versa. The new loot system includes “smart drop,” meaning loot you pick up is more likely to fit your class. Additionally, players can pay a visit to the new artisan, the Mystic, allowing players to re-roll stats on their items. In the meantime, I look forward to my wizard wands having silly stats like dexterity on them. Although, vendors like to buy that crap up like it’s going out of style.

No release date was given, but we can expect Diablo III: Reaper of Souls sometime in 2014. Obviously, a full version of Diablo III will be required to play the new expansion. Check out the cinematic and gameplay trailers below and let us know what you think. Are you excited about the new Crusader class? The introduction to Paragon leveling certainly cut down the alt friendly atmosphere of Diablo III.

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