Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls expansion brings Crusader class and level cap boost

Following a little tease, Blizzard today announced an expansion pack for Diablo III, named Reaper of Souls. It'll add a new act with new enemies and locations and all that, as well as the Paladin-y-sounding Crusader class and a level cap boost to 70.

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Following a little tease, Blizzard today announced an expansion pack for Diablo III, named Reaper of Souls. It'll add a new act with new enemies and locations and all that, as well as the Paladin-y-sounding Crusader class and a level cap boost to 70.

The expansion sees Malthael, once the Archangel of Wisdom, returning as the Angel of Death to snatch Diablo's black soulstone. "None can stop death," he hisses, but I imagine we'll hunt him then beat him until shiny swords and gems and hats fall out.

The adventure will visit the new city of Westmarch and the Pandemonium Fortress, with new quests and monsters. The level cap boost brings news spells and abilities to all classes too. In the end-game, new Loot Runs and Nephalem Trials should jazz things up.

Of the new Crusader, Blizzard says the plate-wearing class "uses battle magic to strengthen allies and weaken foes" which, yes, does sound a lot like Diabo II's Paladin. One imagines it's heavily reimagined like D3 does to other classes, though.

It seems Reaper of Souls will also bring the long-awaited 'Loot 2.0' drop system revamp, which will stop throwing so many garbage items at you. New, better Legendaries are promised too.

One imagines the official site will have more details on all this whenever Blizzard updates it. As for when or how this will be released, Blizzard's saying nothing. Look, a cinematic trailer:

And see the Crusader in action in this first gameplay trailer:

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    August 21, 2013 4:40 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls expansion brings Crusader class and level cap boost.

    Following a little tease, Blizzard today announced an expansion pack for Diablo III, named Reaper of Souls. It'll add a new act with new enemies and locations and all that, as well as the Paladin-y-sounding Crusader class and a level cap boost to 70.

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      August 21, 2013 4:54 AM

      Looks good. Dig the cinematic.

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      August 21, 2013 5:02 AM

      I want this now.

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        August 21, 2013 5:10 AM

        I do and I don't. I kinda hope it's pushed off a ways. Man I got too much shit to play now already.

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          August 21, 2013 10:08 AM

          Cancel your preorders folks! jonin needs to finish up some of his games first! Sorry!

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            August 21, 2013 10:24 AM

            thats right. cancel that shit now

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      August 21, 2013 6:28 AM

      Wonder when it will be released.

      Blizzcon should be pretty good this year, D3 expansion and presumably the announcement of the new WoW expansion, 'the dark below'?

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      August 21, 2013 7:29 AM

      is the DIII coming to consoles with this expansion? hmmmmm? because I ain't gonna buy it if the expansion is right on its heels and they want moooore money

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      August 21, 2013 7:58 AM

      Diablo 2 : June 29 2000
      Diablo 2 LoD : June 29 2001
      Diablo 3 : May 15 2012
      Diablo 3 RoS : May 15 2014 :( Off one year blizzard! Unacceptable!

      So pumped though.. Shield class like I wanted, mother fucking blessid hammer skill.. im ready! Please do with LoD did for D2!

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      August 21, 2013 9:16 AM

      YAY! Can't wait. :)

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      August 21, 2013 9:22 AM

      I will buy the CE and stick it in my pants.

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      August 21, 2013 9:26 AM

      Only raising the level cap by 10 levels is a little bit of a downer but other than that..... Gimme

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        August 21, 2013 10:15 AM

        Kind of expected this. I mean with their leveling system that's a lot of new skills per class. Plus they'll be infinite paragon levels.

        What I am hoping for is an option to skip through all story cut scenes / dialog once you beat the game.

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        August 21, 2013 10:17 AM

        Well D2 expansion did nothing to the level cap but what please announce the following: "An alternate weapon/shield/spell setup that can be switched to via a hotkey in gameplay."

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          August 21, 2013 9:12 PM

          Wasn't the D2 level cap already like 99 or something insane?

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        August 21, 2013 10:19 AM

        They've made paragon leveling the "endgame" leveling, and there's infinitely many of them.

        Without a plvl cap, it wouldn't be difficult to add a ladder in, too.

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        August 21, 2013 10:43 AM

        They still have a 2nd expansion planned from what I remember. I imagine that will bump it to 80 and maybe bring back talisman/charms!

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      August 21, 2013 10:23 AM

      I really look forward to watching the new cinematics once they get uploaded. The actual expansion? Not so much.

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      August 21, 2013 10:24 AM

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      August 21, 2013 10:32 AM

      It should have been a Whimsyshire expansion.

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      August 21, 2013 10:36 AM

      Knew it was going to be a paladin/knight type character, the original D3 didn't have your classic warrior type like that

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        August 21, 2013 11:13 AM

        what do you think the next class will be? I'm thinking a dedicated summoner type.

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          August 21, 2013 11:45 AM

          I'd blow a guy for a necromancer. I think the witch doctor already covers that realm though so it will probably be something else.

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            August 21, 2013 9:25 PM

            I want to be a drug werewolf

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            August 26, 2013 11:43 PM

            yeah but listen to him talk he's a hippy, we need a dark spellcaster, one who's dark in personality and powerset.
            With the current class collection I'll probably never get more than 100 hours from a single char and never make it to the level cap.
            That said I when I started playing again to refresh for ps3 release, ?i might do it again for ps4? I saw that the collective hours of my saved chars was about 200 hours with the highest at 65.

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          August 21, 2013 11:48 AM

          Bring back the necromancer!

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            August 26, 2013 11:45 PM

            Agreed but the odds are almost nil as blizzard deluded themselves into thinking the Witch Doctor is an acceptable type of necromancer.

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          August 21, 2013 12:39 PM

          I'm going out of the box and going to say some kind of bard focus class.

          Another obvious choice is a nature focused class (aka druid)

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        August 21, 2013 10:01 PM

        I always figured the Monk was the Paladin for the new generation and it kinda is. He self heals & buffs and that's basically what the D2 pally did all over the place.

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          August 27, 2013 5:30 PM

          The D2 paladin didn't have single self-heal.

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      August 21, 2013 1:20 PM

      Still clinging to hope that the Druid is the 2nd class for the expansion

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        August 21, 2013 1:23 PM

        Crusader, Scoundrel, Enchantress. And they save time on character design.

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          August 21, 2013 9:11 PM

          they should add pandas and space goats

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            August 21, 2013 9:18 PM

            i kid of course. but you're right it seems they are going the templar, scoundrel, enchantress path.

            i wouldnt mind a good scoundrel class, though i would think he would be more like a thief and do some backstabbing or something, than just a crossbow class (cause, obvioulsy, that would just be a different flavor demon hunter)

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        August 21, 2013 9:59 PM

        If there was gonna be a second class they would have said so already.

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      August 21, 2013 9:14 PM

      I will play the shit out of this