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GamesCom 2013 – Paragon 2.0 Loot 2.0 Loot Runs Nephalem Trials patch before Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ships

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Grimiku posted on the official forum some core features announced at the GamesCom Blizzard Press Event during the unveiling of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls are meant to be launched in a patch before Reaper of Souls goes on sale.

It hasn’t been determined exactly how long before the expansion hit stores, but definitely great news for those who prefer to wait before buying the expansion.

We want to implement a lot of the new systems and features in a pre-expansion patch for free. That should include Paragon 2.0, Loot 2.0, Loot Runs, and Nephalem Trials. For now, you’ll need to purchase the expansion to play as the Crusader, explore Act V, unlock the Mystic, and level up to 70. These details may change as development moves along, but we want some of the core gameplay improvements to be available for everyone. — source

 

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Razer Athene – Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Interview | Nephalem Trials

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Diablo III: Reaper of Souls will introduce a new end-game feature named Nephalem Trials. These special portals will open to offer really cool challenge-based encounters.

These Nephalem Trials spawn randomly in the world.

Some of these challenges include waves and waves of monsters. The quickly you deal with them get rewarded with a number of resplendant chests.

There are many things yet to be announced about Diablo III: Reaper of Souls at BlizzCon — according to Josh Mosqueira. The size of ACT V is comparable in size to ACT II.

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GamesCom 2013 – Blizzard Press Event Video

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Blizzplanet staff member Arthur “Handclaw” Lorenz attended GamesCom 2013 to witness the Blizzard Entertainment press panel held on Wednesday, August 21 at 11:30am CEST.

Arthur saw history unfold as Blizzard Entertainment unveiled the new expansion titled Diablo III: Reaper of Souls. The videos below contain the whole press panel. Check out the new Crusader class, Westmarch vistas and great features to be introduced in the expansion: level cap increased to 70, Unlimited Paragon Levels, Nephalem Trials, the Mystic, end-game Loot Runs, Improved Loot 2.0, a new Act, and much more.

Visit the official Diablo III: Reaper of Souls website.

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Press Release – Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Unveiled

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Blizzard Entertainment deployed a press release to go in detail about the new expansion titled Diablo III: Reaper of Souls which introduces a new class: The Crusader, and a whole new Act featuring the new villain: Malthael, the Archangel of Wisdom Death.

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Upcoming expansion to the fastest-selling PC game of all time playable at gamescom

“Death, at last, shall spread its wings over all . . .”

COLOGNE, Germany—August 21, 2013 – The defeat of Diablo, Lord of Terror, should have given rise to an age of hope. Instead, it has drawn out a shadowy being of immense power, whose malevolent purpose is yet to be revealed. Announced today at gamescom, Diablo® III: Reaper of Souls™, the upcoming expansion to Diablo III, opens a dark and terrifying new chapter in the ongoing conflict over the mortal realm of Sanctuary.

Malthael, the fallen Archangel of Wisdom, vanished after the events depicted at the end of Diablo II: 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.

Fortunately, a new hero is ready to join the cause and bring Malthael to justice—the Crusader. Driven by a centuries-long quest to cleanse the corruption blighting their beloved Zakarum faith, Crusaders are warriors of righteousness who have been hardened through relentless, brutal combat with the foul evils plaguing eastern Sanctuary. In addition to wearing immensely heavy armor and wielding a wide range of cruel and punishing weapons, this new playable class in Reaper of Souls uses battle magic to strengthen allies and weaken foes. A natural walking tank, the Crusader adds power and versatility to any party of adventurers.

“From the beginning, Diablo has always been about the struggle between good and evil, and Reaper of Souls explores the darker notes of that conflict,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “This expansion also represents a big milestone in the ongoing evolution of Diablo III, with key enhancements to the core gameplay, along with a new act to experience, a powerful new character class, tons of new loot, and even more end-game options. We think players will love playing Reaper of Souls, and we can’t wait to get it into their hands.”

In addition to taking the story of Diablo III from the legendary city of Westmarch to the unhallowed halls of the Pandemonium Fortress in Act V and introducing the incorruptible Crusader class, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls increases the game’s level cap to 70. Players continuing on with their existing Barbarian, Witch Doctor, Demon Hunter, Wizard, and Monk characters will benefit from an array of fearsome new spells and abilities as they advance in level.

The expansion also accentuates the key features of the Diablo franchise, with a greater emphasis on randomized environments to explore; epic new quests; horrific new monsters to defeat; and substantial updates to the loot experience, enabling players to further customize their characters with new and improved multilevel Legendary items, new Blacksmith and Jeweler item-crafting options, and more.

Diablo III’s Paragon progression system is also being majorly upgraded for the expansion, adding even *more end-game character advancement and replayability. Two new game modes—Loot Runs and Nephalem Trials—are being added as well, providing fun and rewarding challenges for players to tackle when they’re not busy saving the world.

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls is playable on the show floor at gamescom, and Blizzard will be revealing further details about the expansion at BlizzCon and beyond as development progresses. For further information related to today’s announcement and all the latest news about Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, visit http://www.diablo3.com/reaperofsouls.

With multiple games in development, Blizzard Entertainment has numerous positions currently available—visit http://jobs.blizzard.com for more information and to learn how to apply.

 

GamesCom 2013: Blizzard Press Event – Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Revealed

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Blizzard Entertainment revealed the Diablo III: Reaper of Souls expansion trailer at GamesCom during a press event held at 11:30am CEST.

The Crusader is a new mid-range melee class wielding a longsword and a shield. The class is based on the Diablo II Paladin. The demonstration shows a Death Maiden in the Cathedral of the Zakarum.

The Angel of Wisdom Malthael plays a big role in the story as a villain. He will command dead angels as the Archangel of Death to punish Sanctuary and the remaining demons of the Burning Hells.

Archangel Malthael sees humanity as the largest group of demons, and wants to eradicate them. Tyrael and the new Horadrim wanted to hide the Black Soulstone deep beneath Sanctuary; but Archangel Malthael stole the Black Soulstone. (as seen in the cinematic below)

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The level cap has increased to level 70 and the expansion will introduce a new ACT.

The expansion will also focus on upgrades to the Paragon levels. New monsters include the Summoner of the Death, The Seraph and the Death Maiden. — fallen angels.

A new artisan will offer transmo services to change the appearance of your armor for that of another armor like in World of Warcraft.

Paragon levels will now be account-wide rather than individual characters. There is no cap to Paragon levels (Unlimited Paragon Levels). A return of an attribute system which uses Paragon points.

The Diablo III: Reaper of Souls is now playable at GamesCom where attendees can play as the Crusader class.

The new environment setting is gothic-medieval in nature in the lands of Westmarch.

Handclaw is at the press event taking video of the press event for Blizzplanet. The video will be available at a later time. Stay tuned. Additionally, Blizzard Entertainment scheduled an interview slot for Blizzplanet on Friday, August 23 with the Diablo III (PS3) team.

Further details of the Diablo III expansion will be revealed at BlizzCon this upcoming November 8-9th.

Malthael, the Angel of Death, has seized the Black Soulstone. It falls to the heroes of Sanctuary to stop him before he unleashes its dark power on the world. Today at gamescom, Blizzard Entertainment announced Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, the upcoming expansion to the fastest-selling PC game of all time. See the press release to learn more about this dark new chapter in the ongoing struggle between angels and demons over the fate of mankind.

 

The news is spreading so quick the hashtag Reaper of Souls have started trending on Twitter along with the hashtag Diablo 3.

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SDCC 2013 – Blizzard Merchandise Photo Gallery

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Blizzplanet contributor Danny Perschonok brought home amazing quality photos of several Blizzard licensed merchandise and SDCC exclusive merchandise.

Blizzplanet Coverage: San Diego Comic Con 2013

SDCC 2013 Interview – Mike Stackpole on World of Warcraft: Vol’jin, Shadows of the Horde

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Blizzplanet contributor Danny Perschonok interviewed Mike Stackpole to discuss his recent novel tie-in World of Warcraft: Vol’jin, Shadows of the Horde.

The interview contained a combination of questions submitted by Scrolls of Lore fans and Blizzplanet.

This interview is so exciting in many levels. Mike Stackpole answered questions for 22 minutes straight enhancing the reader’s perception of what transpired throughout Vol’jin’s journey and his experiences which shed away the old Vol’jin. He’s reborn. He experiences this new life from the point of view of the Shado-Pan and their philosophies, through the point of view of human Tyrathan, and must decide whether to take the temptation of glory for the Darkspear by joining the Zandalari or to choose his newfound friends.

Order World of Warcraft: Vol’jin: Shadows of the Horde.

Blizzplanet Coverage: San Diego Comic Con 2013

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SDCC 2013 – Blizzard Entertainment Saturday Round Up

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Lot of stuff happening today at the San Diego Comic Con. A Blizzplanet contributor interviewed Micky Neilson — who talked more about the Insight Editions Diablo III: Book of Tyrael and DC Comics World of Warcraft: Bloodsworn graphic novel.

Duncan Jones showed off a Warcraft Film “mood piece” teaser trailer.

Several Blizzard Entertainment Community Managers and Public Relation Specialists flooded Twitter with photos full of awesome. Follow the hashtag #BlizzSDCC


SDCC 2013 – Legendary Entertainment Duncan Jones Reveals Warcraft Film Teaser

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Cesar (Blizzplanet-ES) informed me io9 broke the news that Legendary Entertainment director Duncan Jones has revealed a teaser trailer of the Warcraft Film. No one has been able to find a video as it took everyone by surprise.

Duncan Jones mentioned this is a “mood piece” of live action footage, and confirms the shooting of the film will begin early 2014. Some people describe the teaser “mood piece” as gritty and similar to “300″. On another note, Duncan Jones and Legendary invite fans to send questions about the Warcraft film at hashtag: #AskWarcraft

I will be diligently searching for the teaser trailer.

io9: “Holy crap, there was a big surprise at the Legendary/Warner Bros. panel just now. We saw the-first ever teaser for the World of Warcraft movie, in which a mighty armored warrior goes head-to-head with a huge green orc.” …

“And director Duncan Jones came out and told the crowd that he always wanted to make movies where “you delve into fantasy” — and this project is a dream come true, because he gets to create a whole world. And he announced that he starts filming in early 2014.” — source

 

On Thursday, July 18th – a fan asked Chris Metzen if Warcraft film info would be coming out on BlizzCon. Chris slowly looked at his watch hinting something was about to happen within a short time.

On Saturday, July 20th — Legendary Entertainment debuted a Warcraft film “mood piece” teaser of a human versus an orc. After the “mood piece”, Duncan Jones appeared on-stage and screams in a geeky-fashion revealing that the shooting of the Warcraft film is confirmed to be early 2014. Video below:

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