Diablo III will get retro Diablo dungeon next month and Necromancer class later in 2017

Diablo III is getting nostalgic in 2017.

The original Diablo was released on December 31, 2016, and Blizzard is celebrating the groundbreaking game’s 20th anniversary with The Darkening of Tristram, a retro-styled dungeon that’ll be available to download as a free update for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One in January. According to the BlizzCon news feed, the update’s many “retro touches” will include “special graphics filters” and “eight-direction character movement”:

Celebrate 20 years of Diablo by traveling back into the depths of the Cathedral where it all began in this upcoming Diablo III: Reaper of Souls content update. Get ready to explore a monster-filled dungeon 16 levels deep, and come face to face with the four main bosses from the original game—all with retro touches like special graphics filters and eight-direction character movement.

Blizzard will also bring back a little piece of Diablo II in 2017 with the reintroduction of the Necromancer class. The Necromancer will be part of the Rise of the Necromancer Pack, which will also include “an in-game pet, two additional character slots, two additional stash tabs (on PC), a portrait frame, pennant, banner, and banner sigil.” There’s a new trailer starring the Necromancer embedded above and a pretty extensive FAQ over at Battle.net:

The Necromancer will be the next fully-playable class introduced to Diablo III: Reaper of Souls. As a master of the dark arts, you draw your magic from the power of death itself, and command mighty armies of risen warriors! Oh, and you can make corpses explode. There are definitely exploding corpses.

I guess all that Diablo IV talk was a little premature.

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