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Recent Articles: Diablo III
Blizzard teased console gamers with the possibility of a Diablo III port for over a year before they made it official in February 2013. According to the developer, this cloak-and-dagger approach was because they weren’t sure a console version of the game could ever be up to their standards, and they didn’t want to officially announce anything until it was ready for prime time. But when Blizzard did deliver the game to the public at last year’s PAX East, it was met with rousing support from the press and players alike. Finally, In September, the console release of Diablo III gave non-PC gamers their first chance to take on the Lord of Terror since the heady days of the original PlayStation. (more…)
2013 was an amazing year in gaming. While we got loads of sequels, we also got some beautiful new IPs, and plenty of new hardware to enjoy it all.
Naughty Dog took a break from Uncharted and gave us The Last of Us, BattleBlock Theater reminded us why we love The Behemoth, and Ken Levine and his crew unleashed BioShock: Infinite on the gaming world. And let’s not forget all the amazing ports, including Diablo III (on consoles), Fez (on the PC), and Hotline Miami (on the PS3 and Vita). Yes, this year took our breath away, and cramped our thumbs like the good old days of the NES. We here at Warp Zoned have been gaming our little fingers off the last 12 months, and we’ve been even harder at work the last few weeks trying to decide what we loved and hated about gaming in 2013. After several days of deliberation, here’s what we came up with. And now it’s time for us to get back to gaming… 2014 is ready for us. (more…)
Blizzard has announced that the first expansion for Diablo III, Reaper of Souls, will be released for the PC and Mac on March 25. The expansion will include a battle against Death himself as well as an increased Level Cap and the Crusader, an all-new character class.
Reaper of Souls will be released in three different packages, a $39.99 standard edition and two special editions. The $59.99 Digital Deluxe Edition will include the game and a variety of in-game bonus items:
- Exclusive Helm and Weapon-Transmogrification Recipes: Players can distinguish their characters among the champions of Sanctuary.
- Spectral Hound Minion: Players can summon Spectral Hound to keep their adventurers company on their epic journey
- World of Warcraft In-Game Companion Pet: The Treasure Goblin, ready to compete in Pet Battles
- Three Additional Character Slots
- StarCraft II Crusader-Themed Battle.net Portraits and Malthael-Themed Decals
Finally, the retail-exclusive Collector’s Edition will include the game, all of the in-game items from the Digital Deluxe Edition and a “gorgeous full-color hardcover art book, a behind-the-scenes Blu-ray/DVD two-disc set, and a mouse pad bearing the impenetrable visage of Malthael, the Angel of Death.” The Collector’s Edition has been priced at $79.99.
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls is also in development for the PS4 as part of the Ultimate Evil Edition bundle. It will be released later in 2014 and Blizzard has promised they will release more details soon.
We all expected it, but Blizzard has confirmed that next year’s release of Diablo III on the PS4 will include the Reaper of Souls expansion. The BlizzCon 2013 announcement also confirmed that the bundle will be known as the “Ultimate Evil Edition.”
Players of Diablo III on the PS4 can look forward to experiencing the revamped loot system, same-screen co-op, direct character control, and online play of the PS3/Xbox 360 version. And the new Reaper of Souls content (including the Crusader character class, Adventure Mode, the Mystic Artisan, and Nephalem Rifts) will make the “Ultimate Evil Edition” the most complete version of Diablo III available for consoles.
Blizzard has yet to announce if Reaper of Souls will be released for the Xbox 360 or if Diablo III will be available on the Xbox One in any form. Even if the game is coming to Microsoft’s console, due to Blizzard’s deal with Sony, the publisher’s radio will likely stay silent for the forseeable future.
BlizzCon opens today in Anaheim, California and to get you in the right mood, Blizzard has released a new trailer for Diablo III: Reaper of Souls highlighting the expansion’s many new features:
- Collect Bounties in “Adventure Mode.”
- Battle a seemingly unending wave of enemies emerging from “Nephalem Rifts.”
- Organize your friends in “Clans and Groups.”
- Visit a new Artisan, “The Mystic,” to enchant and transmorgrify your gear.
- And become even more of a Paragon with the “Updated Paragon System.”
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls will be available sometime next year for the PC and PS4.
Rockstar Games was on a quest for booty last month as Grand Theft Auto V was declared the best-selling game of the month by The NPD Group (via Joystiq). Not only did GTA5 sell a ridiculous amount of copies, but the title actually raised the fortunes of the entire video game industry. In September 2012, the game industry recorded $848 million in retail sales. Last month? $1.07 billion. Whoa.
The rest of the top ten includes a mixture of new releases and August holdovers. NBA 2K14 (#3), Diablo III (#4), FIFA 14 (#5), Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMix (#6), and NHL 14 (#8) represent the new releases while Madden NFL 25 (#2), Disney Infinity (#7), and Saints Row IV (#10) all remained on the list from August. The retail version of Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (at #9) was the only game with a pre-August release date to crack the top ten.
If you’d prefer your monthly NPD report in list format, we’ve got that too:
Bestselling Games in September 2013
1. Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox 360, PS3)
2. Madden NFL 25 (Xbox 360, PS3)
3. NBA 2K14 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
4. Diablo III (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
5. FIFA 14 (Xbox 360, PS3, Vita)
6. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMix (PS3)
7. Disney Infinity (Xbox 360, Wii, PS3, Wii U, 3DS)
8. NHL 14 (Xbox 360, PS3)
9. Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (Xbox 360)
10. Saints Row IV (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
Blizzard previously hinted that Diablo III: Reaper of Souls would make its way to consoles sooner rather than later, but today the publisher announced that the expansion is officially in development for the PS4.
In addition to the console confirmation, Blizzard announced Reaper of Souls (and the Crusader character class) will be playable on the BlizzCon 2013 show floor. More than 300 demo machines will be dedicated to the PC version of the game while a slightly smaller number will showcase the DualShock 4-controlled PS4 version.
It’s currently not known if Diablo III: Reaper of Souls will also be released for the PS3, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. Blizzard also did not confirm if Reaper of Souls would get a simultaneous PC/PS4 launch or when the PS4 of Diablo III will be released.
BlizzCon 2013 will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center on November 8 and 9. If you can’t make it to the show, Blizzard is selling Virtual Tickets to video footage on Battle.net of all the action.