In usual Blizzard fashion, the company has announced the first official expansion for Diablo III this morning. Boasting a new act, more quests, enemy types, areas to explore and most notably a brand new character class, the Crusader, for players to enjoy. Diablo III: Reaper of Souls is yet another in the long line of expansions released for Blizzard retail games and follows in the tradition set by Diablo II’s expansion, Lord of Destruction, which added a 5th act and two new character classes to it’s core title.
The trailer, featuring a look at how the Crusader will play, can be seen below. Similar to Diablo II’s Paladin character, the Crusader looks to be a tank class, meant for melee damage and absorbing enemy damage to allow for the more potent attacks of your teammates to be the focus of damage dealt. The Paladin ended up being one of the more popular support characters in Diablo II, and it’s easy to see that the Crusader could follow in those footsteps, as this team-based game has sorely lacked a Tank class since it’s release, the closest thing being the Barbarian, though he’s not well suited for the task.
I have been notoriously down on Diablo III since it’s release, as it is the follow up to one of my all-time favorite games, and the changes were simply too drastic and removed much of what was both fun and addictive about it’s two predecessors. Whether or not Reaper of Souls will fix the problems inherent in the Auction House addition (something that Blizzard themselves have admitted was a mistake to include) or the annoyingly random state boost generation of items is yet to be seen, and we are no doubt a long way off from the expansion being released, with no date set.
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