Although Diablo 3 got off to a rocky start with its fair share of launch-day problems and server connection issues, things evened out after a while. That being said, there were still many Diablo fans who considered Blizzard’s latest dungeon crawler a bit of a step back for the franchise overall.
Nevertheless, Blizzard is continuing with their Diablo 3 plans undeterred — plans that include the release of the Reaper of Souls expansion early next year. To better clue gamers in on the expansion, and all it will add to the game, a new trailer has (unofficially) made its way online and can be seen above.
The trailer features a general overview of Reaper of Souls‘ gameplay additions, from the new Adventure Mode to the improved Paragon System. It also introduces players to several of the new enemies in the expansion, like the Nephalem Rift Guardian.
Adventure Mode seems to be the key selling point of the trailer, and promises to give players a new way in which to experience the entire world of Diablo 3. Basically, Adventure Mode encourages players to complete specific bounties in exchange for additional gold and experience. Players can travel all over the world map (way points will be unlocked from the start) and battle any number of nasties in the game.
Those players that want a little better artillery with which to battle the Reaper of Souls‘ creature set can visit “The Mystic” a new merchant, or sorts, that can enchant and transmogrify items. In other words, the character can use magic to make players’ items that much better.
Although Blizzard has yet to announce a firm release date or price for Reaper of Souls, we do know that the expansion will reintroduce players to the character of Malthael, the fallen Archangel from the Diablo 2: Lord of Destruction expansion. In Reaper of Souls, Malthael takes on the form of the Angel of Death and it is up to the player to stop him from using the Soulstone for nefarious purposes.
As with past Blizzard expansions, Reaper of Souls appears to be adding a wealth of content to the vanilla Diablo 3 experience, including a new Crusader class and improvements to the Paragon progression system. But, strangely, the introduction of the expansion will also signal the end of the auction houses from Diablo 3, which turned out to be more of a headache than they were worth.
We should find out more about Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls at Blizzcon, which takes place this weekend.
What addition from the Reaper of Souls expansion are you most excited to try out? Will the Adventure Mode give you an incentive to keep playing after completing the story campaign?
Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls releases in 2014 for the Mac, PC, and PS4.