How long could peace in Sanctuary last after Diablo III? Apparently not too long as it turns out. Interested in a new D3 expansion but I am somewhat put off by some of the cinematic. To keep this post spoiler free i'll put my thoughts on it in the comments.

UPDATE: I am collecting all the news bits of the expansion in the comments section and so far have collected some really interesting information about the new Crusader Class and the new "loot run" game mode. This expansion is starting to shape up to be very interesting.

hardeyez wrote on 08/21/2013 at 07:42pm

So new Act V, new class, "increased level cap" (wonder if that's base levels and how that interacts with the Paragon levels)... Sounds like a $20 add-on, not a ton of new stuff, and they still haven't shipped all the stuff they promised in base D3 :)

Travis   Admin wrote on 08/21/2013 at 08:19pm

It's on base levels, new cap is 70. Paragon levels are now unlimited, account-based rather than character-based, and let you pick increases across all your characters. Like badass rank in Diablo 3.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/21/2013 at 11:55pm

Dig an idea for a new class. Its kind of a Barb but not a Barb. Interested to see how that plays out.

I hope Act V is big because if its about as long as act I I am not sure if adding one class and an Act means they deserve the $60 price. Not to say if the charged it I wouldn't buy it, but I am just not sure its a $60 expansion for what we know now which isn't much.

That said I have a beef with the trailer. Ok so there is a new kid on the block, the Reaper of Souls. Awesome, totally down, yay Death. I am so ready to send Death to his grave.

But Diablo's soulstone is still around? Diablo is still around? WTF? WHYYY? Ugh. Seriously. Didn't we kick that fucker into the dirt a zillion times? Then again, if he was really dead they'd have to call the game "Reaper of Souls III: The Reaper of Souls."

Minor gripe but yeah, I wonder if we will still be killing Diablo when we are 60?

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/22/2013 at 02:04am

Gameplay trailer for the Crusader.

Looks fun.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/22/2013 at 02:08am

"Crusaders wield shields and flails, and are described as “mid-range melee” warriors, specialising in shield bashing and smiting. Diablo 2′s Fist of the Heavens holy lightning strike returns and Crusaders can follow up with Falling Sword, a teleporting drop attack that turns the Paladin’s heavily armoured body into an artillery strike. Paladins were all about support, Crusaders have replaced their benevolent auras with AOE zones that help co-op partners and injure enemies at the same time."


"Blizzard are rebalancing loot drops in a big way to try and make more drops relevant to your character. There will be fewer common (white) drops, and they can be melted down into a new crafting reagent to stop them being completely useless past level 10. Rare drops will be reduced but there’s a high chance of a “smart drop.” These items will feature stats tuned to your character. More legendary items will drop, and they’ll come with new interesting new effects. Blizzard’s examples included a weapon that spawned an instant treasure goblin when equipped, and a staff that adds a chance to spawn hydras from dead bodies.

They’re also adding a new artisan: The Mystic. She can transmogrify items, letting you transfer desirable stats onto items you like the look of, preserving your warrior’s sense of style. They can also enchant items, which lets you re-roll one affix for an item you own. Enchant your Barbarian’s sword and there’s a chance that pointless +100 intelligence stat will flip into a +100 strength stat, for example. It’s another system designed to give players a way to make powerful but unusable items relevant.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/22/2013 at 02:09am


"Finally, Reaper of Souls will add a new game mode called Loot Run. This lets you and a few friends run an completely randomised 15-20 minute dungeon. Assets, layout, lighting, weather, monsters, loot and the end boss are all randomised. It’s designed to offer a fresh and profitable dose of Diablo 3 in a manageable chunk of time."

Travis   Admin wrote on 08/22/2013 at 03:03pm

I had intended on writing up a post on all this last night, but I worked til 11PM. You've covered it all and yeah, I'm super excited about all of this. I can't freakin' wait.

hardeyez wrote on 08/22/2013 at 08:13pm

Yeah, loot run is killer... I spent a ridiculous amount of time with the Diablo 1 demo and a trainer that some group made which just respawned random dungeons with random monsters or a mix you picked. It was crazy having 50 Butchers yelling "Fresh Meat" at once and swarming you...

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/22/2013 at 08:50pm

Hahaha, yeah that would be awesome. Hopefully they put some rad stuff at the end of each run.

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