The Diablo series has been a massive success over the last 20 years and doesn’t look like it’s going to stop anytime soon. Blizzcon 2016 has just taken place in Anaheim California, like every Blizzcon there are exciting announcements and new releases. While most games are centered around PC releases the console has seen some inclusion over recent years. This year is no different, developers Blizzard are making consoles a firm part of their games and including the console in most updates and expansions.
Diablo will see a brand new class, the Necromancer.
In my opinion Blizzard make some of the best cut scenes ever. There have been a load of new announcements that include the following:
DIABLO III: REAPER OF SOULS @ BLIZZCON 2016 FEATURES:
20th Anniversary Dungeon: The original Diablo labyrinth is back in Diablo III form.
Nostalgia Can Be Deadly: Recreated the events, monsters, and levels from the original Diablo.
Fresh(ened up) Meat: Original Diablo, The Butcher, Skeleton King, and Lazarus return as epic boss fights.
Presented in Glorious RetroVision™: Special ‘90s-inspired audio and visual filters for that “classic” look.
The Necromancer: Wield the power of the dead with Diablo III’s newest playable hero class.
Master of the Dark Arts: Her magic draws from the power of blood and bone.
The Old Skills and the New: Command an Army of the Dead, control a mighty Blood Golem. . .
. . . and make all the corpses EXPLODE!
Necromantic Sets and Legendaries: The Necromancer will be able to collect many rare treasures of unearthly power, including new Legendaries and Set items.
Rise of the Necromancer Pack will include the character, an in-game pet, two character slots, two stash tabs, a portrait frame, pennant, banner and banner sigil. (Pricing TBD)
Explore Deadly New Zones: The foul stench of evil continues to spread across Sanctuary.
Shrouded Moors: This harsh, inhospitable land has been abandoned for centuries. But something stirs within its perpetual fog—as though a dark presence has taken hold.
Temple of the Firstborn: An ancient monument to the earliest nephalem. The temple is hidden beneath the surface of Sanctuary, where it has escaped the notice of most mortals.
Seasons Coming to Console: Console and PC Seasons will align in Season 10
Console Seasons will include the Season Journey, Leaderboards, and all rewards and cosmetics.
Looks good don’t you think. I am a massive fan of Diablo 3 having bought it on multiple formats it’s nice to see Blizzard including everyone in the updates.
A major patch has just gone live for Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls edition and it’s added a mountain of new content. Best of all? It’s free!
The 2.1.2 patch which Blizzard teased a while back includes the Ancient tier of items. These Ancient items are a class above the current highest Legendary gear tier but it’s going to be pretty tough to earn it as it can only be found on Torment 1 or higher.
If this new tier of gear isn’t enough, this new patch has also added new legendary items, new set bonuses as well as game fixes.
Full patch notes can be found below or on the Blizzard website.
Ancient items have been added to the game. These items are more powerful versions of existing Legendary items and can be found in Torment I difficulty or higher by slaying monsters, spending Blood Shards with Kadala, and crafting.
The drop chance for Ancient items increases with each Torment level.
For more information about Ancient items, click here.
New and Updated Legendary Items
Over 20 new Legendary items have been added to the game! For more information about these items, click here and here.
New Treasure Goblins have been added to the game! Be on the lookout for the Gem Hoarder, Blood Thief, Odious Collector, and Malevolent Tormentor. These additions to our growing goblin family can only be found in Adventure Mode.
All Treasure Goblins now appear standing next to a portal and have been given a special mini-map icon in order to increase their visibility.
Nephalem and Greater Rift Updates
Players can now use the “Revive at Corpse” option while in Nephalem and Greater Rifts, but the associated respawn timer will increment with every death. In addition, and a result of this change, the “Revive at Checkpoint” option has been removed.
Several improvements have been made to monster density, monster damage, and Rift Guardian abilities in both Nephalem and Greater Rifts. Many maps have also received changes to the way their layouts can be generated.
Pylons found in Rifts and Greater Rifts have received several improvements, and are now less likely to spawn next to each other.
For more information about changes to Nephalem and Greater Rifts, click here
“Healing” Changed to “Recovery”
The “Healing” stat on the character sheet has been replaced with “Recovery”.
Recovery is an estimate of how much Toughness you are expected to be able to recover in combat and is calculated using a combination of your Healing, Life, and Toughness.
On August 19, the Angel of Death invades console systems everywhere as Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition launches on the Xbox 360, Xbox One (and other platforms). Prepare your living room now, nephalem, because by summer’s end you’ll face off against Death himself—with up to four players banding together on a single TV screen.
Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition is filled to the brim with fast-paced action, awe-inspiring heroes, and legendary treasure. It features all the content included in the Reaper of Souls expansion set, as well as Acts I through IV of the original Diablo III for those who have yet to vanquish the Lord of Terror on console.
The Ultimate Evil Edition goes on sale August 19 at select retail locations for a suggested retail price of $59.99 USD for the PS4 or Xbox One and $39.99 for the PS3 or Xbox 360. Keep in mind that this announcement is still fresh and retailers may require several days to get their pre-order pages set up, but here’s an early look at the Infernal Pauldrons pre-order bonus item to whet your appetites:
Pre-order & get Infernal Pauldrons! Infernal Pauldrons require an internet connection to be redeemed.
Wearable at level 1, these devilishly handsome shoulder plates provide bonuses to Vitality, Life per Second, and Cooldown Reduction, and are primed and ready for transmogrification. The key for the Infernal Pauldrons can be found in any launch day copy of Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition. (Please note that the Infernal Pauldrons key requires an Internet connection to be redeemed and cannot be transferred across platforms.)
In this strange commercial for the console version of Diablo III, clothes are scattered all the way up the stairs leading to the bedroom, women are sounding as if they’re having more than a little fun, and the madness ends with the male role walking in to discover all the action is from the enjoyment of Diablo III on a console – who then joins in topless!
It’s all very strange. However, the console versions of Diablo III have been custom-tailored for gamepad-driven action, with a dynamic camera perspective that puts your hero front and center, as well as an all-new user interface and an intuitive control system that make vanquishing evil feel like second nature. Players can take on the vile denizens of the Burning Hells alone or in a party of up to four via same-screen local cooperative play or online over Xbox LIVE.
Diablo III is due for console release on September 3rd 2013.