Post by Eorl @ 11:43am 18/10/13 | 0 Comments
Announced back in late August, the new expansion is set to add a handful of new changes to the game, including the Crusader player class. Other changes include a new "Loot 2.0" system that will see less magical drops, new enemies, quests and of course a new bad guy.
Malthael, the fallen Archangel of Wisdom, vanished after the events depicted at the end of Diablo 2: Lord of Destruction. In Reaper of Souls, he returns as the Angel of Death and seizes the Black Soulstone, which contains the essence of the Prime Evil. It now falls to the players to track down Malthael and stop him before he unleashes irreversible havoc on the world.Those attending Blizzard's 2013 BlizzCon event will also be able to gain some hands-on time with the new expansion, including Sony's next-gen console which will utilise the new DualShock 4 controller.
For more on Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls head over to the official website, or check out the latest gameplay trailer for an overview of all the new changes.
Post by Dan @ 04:34am 18/09/13 | 23 Comments
surprising announcement that they will be removing Diablo 3's controversial auction house feature entirely from the action RPG. The shutdown is scheduled to take place on March 18 2014, and will occur before the launch of the forthcoming expansion, Reaper of Souls. (thanks Creepy)
When we initially designed and implemented the auction houses, the driving goal was to provide a convenient and secure system for trades. But as we've mentioned on different occasions, it became increasingly clear that despite the benefits of the AH system and the fact that many players around the world use it, it ultimately undermines Diablo's core game play: kill monsters to get cool loot. With that in mind, we want to let everyone know that we've decided to remove the gold and real-money auction house system from Diablo III.A video from the team goes further to explain the reasoning behind the significant decision.
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 12:41pm 03/09/13 | 1 Comments
In our conversation we obviously cover the major differences to the PC version of the game for console, but also talk about networking, trading items, managing Achievements and Trophies, what's in-store for next-gen versions of the game, Reaper of Souls' eventual arrival on consoles and cover off that tricky PvP question.
Click here for our Diablo 3 console interview.
Post by Dan @ 07:45pm 21/08/13 | 37 Comments
The obligatory new player class is the crusader, a holy-knight type character similar to Diablo 2's paladin, and described as a mid-range melee fighter with a sword and shield focus.
With Diablo defeated, the new big bad is a fallen archangel named Malthael, who takes on the role of the titular Reaper of Souls after returning from the void with a goal of destroying all demons, with no concern for human collateral damage.
The setting is centred around Westmarch, and area designed with a heavy Western European gothic influence, and brimming with new nasties to smite.\
The level cap has been raised to 70, and the loot system is getting another major tweak, referred to as "Loot 2.0" which will reportedly see less frequent magic items dropping, but of a higher quality.
Check out the cinematic trailer and gameplay teaser below.
Post by Dan @ 11:48am 15/08/13 | 9 Comments
Reaper of Souls, currently featuring a single teaser image with the tagline "Dead, at last, shall spread its wings over all".
The tease is widely speculated as being the first hint at an upcoming expansion for Diablo 3, and given that Blizzard has a scheduled press briefing during next week's Gamescom 2013 event in Cologne, Germany, we're inclined to agree that it seems pretty likely.
Diablo 3 endured a controversial launch, with many former fans of the franchise felling soured by the impact of the game's always-online requirement, and the way in which the auction house fundamentally altered the loot system. An expansion could be a good opportunity to mend some of those fractured opinions.
Diablo 3 is also in the works for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, due in September 2013, and PlayStation 4, coming 2014.
Post by Eorl @ 10:07am 16/07/13 | 7 Comments
According to the interview which included game director Josh Mosqueira and designers Travis Day and Wyatt Cheng, Diablo 3's next-gen launch will apparently allow the team to tailor the game to the next-gen specifications rather than simply utilising a porting method from current-gen consoles. Sadly it was also revealed that there will be no plans for Diablo 3 on portable devices.
The recent interview also revealed that when it comes to an expansion for the loot-filled title, "the main concern will not be to ship it simultaneously on all platforms, but instead try to make the expansion features as relevant to each platform as possible." No word yet though on when or if an expansion will be seeing the light of day, but hopefully more will surface once the console versions are out in the wild.
Diablo 3 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 will be available September 3.
Post by Dan @ 10:24am 17/06/13 | 1 Comments
One such presentation was for Blizzard's upcoming console-tailored version of Diablo 3, which is coming to both PlayStation and Xbox platforms later this year.
A 16 minute stage demo presented by Game Director Josh Mosqueira walks viewers through Diablo 3 on PS3, featuring many of the changes that have been implemented to make the game more suitable for the DualShock controller. Check it out below.
The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game are due on September 3rd, with a release date still undetermined for the PlayStation 4 release. No mention has so far been made of an Xbox One version of the game.
Post by Eorl @ 12:19pm 12/06/13 | 2 Comments
VenureBeat (thanks PCGamer), who have learnt from a unnamed source that it has been delayed.
While no official word has ever come out as to when an expansion for the now multi-platform title would have seen the light of day, or if there was one at all, many avid fans of the series were hoping for a release sometime this year. According to this new rumour though the expansion has been pushed back to 2014, even after reportedly gaining new employees when Blizzard shuffled development for their Titan MMO.
Hopefully we'll hear a more official word on the matter, but for now those awaiting the console launch of Diablo 3 can check out the new multiplayer trailer, showing off what to expect with re-defined edition.
Diablo 3 is expected to be released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 come September 3, however no release date has been given for the PlayStation 4 release.
Post by Dan @ 09:52am 07/06/13 | 0 Comments
As the console-tailored version of the successful PC game had been unveiled at Sony's PlayStation 4 event, it was widely presumed to be exclusive to the PS3 and PS4, but it looks like Sony-stalwarts won't be getting preferential treatment here afterall:
Diablo® III will make its console debut on the Sony PlayStation™ 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360® in the U.S., Canada, Spanish-speaking Latin America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game are due on September 3rd, with a release date still undetermined for the PlayStation 4 release.
No mention was made of an Xbox One version of the game, but given this latest development, it seems likely.
Post by Dan @ 10:07am 17/05/13 | 2 Comments
In this video, you'll hear from three of the developers behind Blizzard Entertainment's action role-playing epic: Production Director John Hight, Lead Designer Joshua Mosqueira, and Senior Designer Jason Bender. Together, they'll explain how bringing the game to the PlayStation 3 and 4 has empowered them to viscerally transport players into the foreboding, demon-besieged world of Sanctuary by putting the action in the palms of their hands.The clip contains quite a bit of groan-worthy hyperbole, but for those keen for a couch-friendly version of D3, it offers a pretty comprehensive overview of everything they're doing controls wise to make the game a better fit.
Diablo 3 is in the works for both the PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4, but an official release date is still yet to be announced.