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Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls expansion revealed, detailed - videos, screenshots

Today at its Gamescom press conference Blizzard announced Reaper of Souls, an expansion pack for Diablo 3. It'll contain a new class, act, and endgame options. The cinematic trailer is posted below, along with a gameplay clip.

Here's the story synopsis:

"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."

Reaper of Souls marks the return of Malthael, the fallen Archangel of Wisdom, but he has returned 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," said Blizzard. "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."

Reaper of Souls increases the game's level cap to 70 as well, and players continuing on with their existing characters can collect 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; new quests; new monsters; 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 3'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.

Further details about the expansion will be revealed at BlizzCon and beyond as development progresses.

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