After lots of navel-gazing and reaching out to the community in search of ways to improve Diablo 3 and keep people playing it, Blizzard finally seem to be giving players that aren’t endgame fanatics a reason to return to the game, over a year after its release: Diablo 3 is getting an expansion.
In a blog post on the subject, a few details about the upcoming expansion, dubbed “Reaper of Souls” were revealed:
In Reaper of Souls, players will explore haunting new environments and face down fearsome new enemies within and beyond the world of Sanctuary as they seek to unlock the mysteries of Malthael, the Angel of Death.
Stalwart adventurers can choose to continue their journey as one of five existing heroes—the Barbarian, Demon Hunter, Monk, Witch Doctor, or Wizard—or adopt the mantle of a new class: the Crusader, a fierce melee warrior whose command of the battlefield is matched only by his unwavering conviction.
Advance through additional levels of supremacy, mastering bold new powers of raw, demon-slaying potential along the way. Customize your strengths with an improved Paragon system. Battle your way through newly randomized 3D maps and epic new quests in Act V. And test your mettle in all-new game modes—including Loot Runs and Nephalem Trials—designed to provide players with a highly replayable (and highly rewarding) end-game experience.
So that’s all good, although I do wonder if people will just play through the new content and then delete the game again (though there’s nothing wrong with that, why must everything be an MMO?).
No release date for the expansion has been announced.