Reaper of Souls Officially Announced

#1widget624Posted 8/21/2013 4:31:45 AM(edited)
Reaper of Souls has now been officially announced


http://www.joystiq.com/2013/08/21/diablo-3-reaper-of-souls-expansion-revealed/

No release dates given

An everything we know thread from battlnet.com that will be updated I assume as more information is revealed
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/9678948971

Information known at time of creating this thread
Note: Some of this like loot 2.0 is probably PC specific since consoles are already getting some of the tweaks.


Important Characters:
Malthael, the former angel of Wisdom is seemingly the main antagonist.
- Angelic wings of bone, dark and grim appearance. Can drain life and so on.

New class:
Crusader.
- A mid-range class with shields, flails, and heavy armour.
- Very paladin-esque.

Abilities include:
- Shield bash.
- Fist of heavens.
- Shield's Flare.
- Falling Sword.
- Law of Valour.

New Area:
Westmarch.

New Level-Cap:
Level 70.
- More skills.
- More runes.

New Monsters:
Confirmed so far:
Seraph.
Summoner of the Dead.
Executioner.
Death Maiden.

New Items:
Confirmed so far:
- God Butcher (Flail).
Mentioned:
- A Wizard wand that now has a greater chance of summoning hydras, and more of them.

Story:
Malthael wants to end the eternal conflict by destroying all demons. The Black Soulstone is meanwhile hidden somewhere on Sanctuary by the angels and the Horadrim. But as we see in the opening cinematic, Malthael steals it, nearly killing Tyrael in the process.

Loot 2.0:
- 'Smart Drops', items drop less but when they do, there is a chance stats are tweaked to suit your character.
- Less 'junk' loot (white, yellow, etc.) - but the stuff you do find can be 'Smart Drops' sometimes.
- 6 new Legendary items.
- Legendaries will be build-changers.

Paragon 2.0:
- Now account-wide.
- No longer a cap (!).

New Artisans:
- Transmogrification (change item looks).
- Enchanting (re-roll a rare legendary affix).

Loot Runs:
This is a new feature with randomized 15-20 minute dungeons to mix up the endgame a bit.

Other notable features:
- More focus on endgame variety.
- Transitions between external and internal locations are now seamless.

Official RoS Links:
Gameplay Video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGp5dkJdi0w
Cinematic Video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cb7QJwQ58T0
RoS Website - http://us.battle.net/d3/en/reaper-of-souls/


Screenshot of evil Maltheal

http://images.scribblelive.com/2013/8/21/452ebd7b-729e-4064-ac28-f537fb580abf_400.jpg

And screen shot of the new class Crusader.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/621757_10152168511369478_1749185200_o.jpg

New Legendary
http://s14.directupload.net/images/130821/dzop83qu.jpg

Looks like manually being able to manually allocate stats for paragon levels is going to be added as well
http://images.scribblelive.com/2013/8/21/7ddbf428-4dfd-4c06-a2be-34a561879134_800.jpg
#2Net SharkPosted 8/21/2013 5:00:35 AM
AWESOME!!

Don't know why they just don't make it a Paladin. Still cool
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#3Kpt_KapowskiPosted 8/21/2013 5:17:25 AM
What is Paragon, and how is account wide different?
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#4widget624(Topic Creator)Posted 8/21/2013 5:23:28 AM(edited)
Kpt_Kapowski posted...
What is Paragon, and how is account wide different?


Blog post explaining Paragon levels from when it was first introduced.
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/blog/6968517/introducing-the-paragon-system-8-20-2012#best

Basically they are taking what they explained in the above link and rather then each character having their own paragon level they are making it so that every character you make shares the same paragon level so leveling it up with one will also level it for the others, presumable not until they hit max level though.
#5widget624(Topic Creator)Posted 8/21/2013 5:47:55 AM
7m Crusader gameplay demo
http://au.gamespot.com/events/gamescom-2013/diablo-iii-reaper-of-souls-crusader-class-gameplay-demo-6413366/
#6XeonFluPosted 8/21/2013 6:04:00 AM
Transmogrification is going to be so awesome in addition to everything else.

Account wide paragon is such good news.
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#7Kpt_KapowskiPosted 8/21/2013 6:13:34 AM
widget624 posted...
Kpt_Kapowski posted...
What is Paragon, and how is account wide different?


Blog post explaining Paragon levels from when it was first introduced.
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/blog/6968517/introducing-the-paragon-system-8-20-2012#best

Basically they are taking what they explained in the above link and rather then each character having their own paragon level they are making it so that every character you make shares the same paragon level so leveling it up with one will also level it for the others, presumable not until they hit max level though.


interesting, thanks dude.

also, from this article:

http://m.joystiq.com/2013/08/21/diablo-3-reaper-of-souls-expansion-revealed/?post=1&icid=joystiq_home_latest_art

The Paragon system is also getting some changes, notably that there is no longer any Paragon level cap at all.

is that a good or bad thing?
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#8The_KiriyamaPosted 8/21/2013 6:38:03 AM
Net Shark posted...
AWESOME!!

Don't know why they just don't make it a Paladin. Still cool


The same reason the Wizard isn't a Mage, the Demon Hunter isn't a Rogue, the Witch Doctor isn't a Warlock, etc. It's their lore, that's the only reason.

I do hope this comes to consoles though, it's yet to be said if it will, but I hope it does, if i'm getting this for 360, I expect updates and expansions. Well, and by 'expect' I mean 'really really hope for'. lol
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#9Net SharkPosted 8/21/2013 7:14:47 AM
The_Kiriyama posted...
Net Shark posted...
AWESOME!!

Don't know why they just don't make it a Paladin. Still cool


The same reason the Wizard isn't a Mage, the Demon Hunter isn't a Rogue, the Witch Doctor isn't a Warlock, etc. It's their lore, that's the only reason.

I do hope this comes to consoles though, it's yet to be said if it will, but I hope it does, if i'm getting this for 360, I expect updates and expansions. Well, and by 'expect' I mean 'really really hope for'. lol



Witch doctor = Necro
Demon Hunter = Amazon
Crusader= Paladin
Wizard = Sorceress
Barb= still a barb.
Monk = un sure.
Are you saying the lore from D2 to D3 is that different?
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#10The_KiriyamaPosted 8/21/2013 8:47:08 AM
Net Shark posted...
Are you saying the lore from D2 to D3 is that different?


No, i'm just telling you that you have to take into consideration that it is their lore, their world, their rules and their choices for naming characters, jobs, whatever. So to say that it should be called Paladin, is incorrect. You think it should. They obviously don't. Pretty sure Blizzard makes these games hmm?
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