Diablo III: Reaper of Souls announced

The defeat of Diablo, Lord of Terror, should have given rise to an age of hope. Instead, it has drawn out a shadowy being of immense power, whose malevolent purpose is yet to be revealed.

And so Blizzard is ready to announce the first expansion to Diablo IIIDiablo III: Reaper of Souls. As with all expansions, Reaper of Souls promises to make Diablo III a bigger and better game due to the addition of new monsters, new quests, new spells and abilities, and “substantial updates to the loot experience.”

Reaper of Souls will also add a new character class, the Crusader, and increase the Level Cap to 70. According to Blizzard, the Crusader is a “warrior of righteousness” and a “natural walking tank.” In other words, he kicks ass for the lord. Finally, the expansion will add two Challenge Modes to Diablo III: Loot Runs and Nephalem Trials.

Reaper of Souls’ story links back to the defeat of Malthael in Diablo II: Lord of Destruction. The fallen angel has obtained the essence of Prime Evil and it’s up to you to stop him. For now, he will bring his brand of evil exclusively to the PC in 2014 as Blizzard isn’t ready to bring Reaper of Souls to consoles just yet.

Blizzard will reveal more about Reaper of Souls at BlizzCon and in the coming months. For now, be sure to check out the gameplay trailer above and the opening cinematic after the break.

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