Reaper of Souls Release Date and CE Revealed
"With Reaper of Souls, we're taking Diablo III back to its darker, deadlier roots and also giving players a new way to experience the game," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "In addition to adding a new character class, a new act, and tons of fully randomized new content, we're opening up the world so players are free to explore the game as they see fit, whether it's following along with the story line or charting their own course across Sanctuary."
Reaper of Souls is a whole lot more than just adding another act for everyone to grind through over and over and giving us a new class to play, including:
- Act V: A dark and terrifying chapter sending players on a final confrontation with death itself.
- The Crusader: A new playable hero—a veritable war machine made human.
- Level Cap to 70: Formidable new spells and abilities that take players to new heights of power.
- Adventure Mode: A new game mode that gives players the freedom to go anywhere and slay anything.
- Bounties: Randomized objectives that reward players in new ways for exploring Sanctuary.
- Nephalem Rifts: Fully randomized dungeons offering endless replayability and heaps of loot.
- The Mystic: A powerful new artisan who provides heroes with loot-customization options.
Reaper of Souls will cost about $39.99 (£24.99) for the standard edition, but if you're the sort of person who enjoys getting their hands on the Collector's Edition you'll be shelling out a pretty penny at $79.99 (£49.99). You can also just get yourself the Digital Deluxe Edition for $59.99 (£34.99) that includes the following:
- Exclusive helm- and weapon-transmogrification recipes for players to distinguish their characters among the champions of Sanctuary
- A Spectral Hound minion players can summon to keep their adventurers company on their epic journey
- Three additional character slots to accommodate new heroes
- A World of Warcraft® in-game companion pet, the Treasure Goblin, ready to compete in Pet Battles
- A set of StarCraft® II Crusader-themed Battle.net® portraits and Malthael-themed decals
"The Reaper of Souls retail-exclusive Collector's Edition comes fully-equipped with all of the bonus items from the Digital Deluxe Edition and also includes 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 is available at select retailers for a suggested retail price of $79.99. Players should check their local retailer for details and availability and be sure to lock in their preorder, as supplies are limited and expected to sell out quickly."
I don't want to say that Diablo 3 was a bad game, because it wasn't. It just might not have been what Diablo 2 players had been waiting for for 11 years. Blizzard is doing right by adding more replayability and cutting the Auction House. I personally had a lot of fun with the game and couldn't be more excited for Reaper of Souls to bring me back in.