Say what you will about Blizzard’s recent history of fumbles (launch problems and a messy Auction House experiment), but the developer certainly hasn’t lost its touch for producing exciting and entertaining video game trailers. Although the company has recently moved away from its formula of 100% cinematic trailers to a method that incorporates more actual gameplay, fans still seem to geek out over any sneak peeks they can get of upcoming games from the Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo creator.
With the release of Diablo 3’s Reaper of Souls expansion pack right around the corner, it’s no surprise that the company released one final trailer for the add-on content to remind consumers what the x-pac has to offer. The official launch trailer for Reaper of Souls takes a hybrid approach and combines the trademark Blizzard cinematics with plenty of gameplay footage that shows off the game’s upcoming additions and changes.
As you can see in the trailer, players who purchase the expansion will have the opportunity to press forward into a new Act V zone, play with a brand-new class (Crusader), and take the fight anywhere in the new Adventure Mode. The Reaper of Souls launch trailer also offers a preview of some of the new abilities that players will be able to unlock. Apparently, some of the new abilities (like the piranha attack) are as bizarre as they are powerful…
With the recent closing of the controversial Auction House and patches that improved and renovated the game’s loot system, Diablo 3 is poised to make a serious comeback with the release of Reaper of Souls. For players who have already destroyed the core game time and time again, the Adventure Mode seems like a feature that should increase the motivation to continue grinding through existing (and new) content in pursuit of bounties and loot.
Perhaps in an effort to bring back Diablo II fans who felt the third game didn’t capture the feel of its predecessor enough, Reaper of Souls is attempting to return to the franchise’s darker, deadlier roots by bringing back Malthael, the fallen Archangel of Wisdom. The new act will lead up to an epic throwdown with the fallen angel.
Although the expansion offers a ton of great additions to the core game, it’s still unclear whether or not the new content will be enough to draw in any new players. Blizzard is definitely looking to increase the game’s community and the company is taking some good steps to incentivize gamers to pick up D3 and its expansion.
The core game is currently marked down to $20 on Battle.net and Blizzard seems to be moving forward with more cross-game-promotions (like we predicted before BlizzCon) by offering Expert Card Packs to Hearthstone players who purchase Reaper of Souls. Time will tell whether or not the special offers pay off, but we definitely support the strategy.
Do you plan on picking up Reaper of Souls or are you burnt out on Diablo 3? Sound off in the comments.
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls releases for PC and Mac on March 25, 2014.
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