It’s no secret that Diablo 3 stumbled through a rocky start with server issues and a failed approach to reinvent the in-game auction house system, but despite all of its technical problems there was a great game buried in there. With the launch of the first major expansion, Reaper of Souls, Diablo 3 put things back on the right track and PC players couldn’t ask for much more. Starting later this summer, console gamers will begin to see the improvements brought on board with the expansion when the Ultimate Evil Edition is released for new and old platforms. Although the bundle will be available on multiple systems, the team at Sony has some pretty tempting exclusive content on the table to draw dungeon crawlers over to the PlayStation camp.
The Ultimate Evil Edition for the PS4 and PS3 offers unique content to Sony gamers inspired by both a new and old PlayStation exclusive IP. Heroes fighting for the Sanctuary on a Sony console will experience content inspired by The Last of Us and Shadow of the Colossus when the game is released on August 19.
As a special treat to fans of The Last of Us, the Diablo port developers teamed up with Naughty Dog to create a PlayStation exclusive Nephalem Rift. The Rifts are special dungeons, formerly known as Loot Runs, that can be accessed via the Nephalem Altar. Rifts provide random content to face the heroes with a unique and rewarding challenge. For PS3 and PS4 owners, that randomized content will now include some very familiar zombies and an ominous yellow spore effect. Some of the new mobs include creatures modeled after the Stalker, Clicker, and even the disgusting Bloated infected.
In addition to The Last of Us Nephalem Rift challenge, the Sony bundle will also offer players a chance to get nostalgic over the PS2 era by paying homage to one of the console’s greatest games, Shadow of the Colossus. Playing D3 on a Sony console will give users the opportunity to unlock a unique set of transmogrification plans. The Guise of the Colossi transmog plans allow users to access six armor appearances inspired by the classic PS2 game. The Guise of the Colossi appearances will be available to all of the Diablo hero classes, including the recently added Crusader. Take a look at the short video above to see how the Diablo characters look in the epic transformed armor.
It should be noted that the exclusive content will not be transferable to other platforms. Consumers will need to connect to the PlayStation Network after purchasing the Ultimate Evil Edition to redeem the PlayStation Exclusive goodies.
From unique armor and early access to playable characters (the Hulk in Disney Infinity for example) to alpha access and early beta access, exclusivity seems to have been a major goal for Sony at this year’s E3. The Sony presentation reminded gamers at every turn that playing on a PS4 can get you early access to many of the upcoming year’s most highly-anticipated titles. Alpha access to Destiny is likely a big appeal to many consumers, but for the most part the rest of the early access only earns players a few extra weeks of gameplay time.
Do you think Sony’s concentration on early or exclusive content is a real selling point for the new console? Are you more likely to pick up the Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition on a Sony console because of the unique content? Let us know in the comments.
Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls — Ultimate Evil Edition will be released August 19 on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
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Source: PlayStation Blog