Reaper of Souls FAQ and Videos

Plenty of press releases and videos about Reaper of Souls on the PC and PS4

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls
BlizzCon 2013 has come to a close, and the thousands of attendees are heading back home. The fun is only beginning, though, because the BlizzCon 2013 News for Diablo III is far from over! There are many developer interviews recorded at the show that are still to come, that will no doubt provide even more info about the expansion and the Loot 2.0 Patch.

Blizzard released some official Blizzard press releases and videos about Reaper of Souls on the PC and PS4 at BlizzCon. We've rounded them up here for your perusal.

Here is the Reaper of Souls Expansion FAQ, giving an overview of all the details released so far.
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls™ FAQ

Q: What is Reaper of Souls?
Reaper of Souls™ is the upcoming expansion to Blizzard Entertainment’s epic action RPG Diablo® III—a dark and terrifying new chapter in the ongoing conflict over the mortal realm of Sanctuary.

Q: What is the story of Reaper of Souls?
Following the defeat of the Prime Evil by the Nephalem in Diablo III, the mortal realm of Sanctuary should have entered an age of hope and prosperity. Instead, this event has drawn out a shadowy being of immense power, one more sinister than any demon.

Malthael, the fallen Archangel of Wisdom, vanished long ago. In Reaper of Souls, he returns as the Angel of Death and seizes the Black Soulstone, the ancient artifact containing the essence of the Prime Evil. It is now up to the Nephalem to track down Malthael and thwart his plans, a journey that will take them through the legendary city of Westmarch, across the fetid swamps of the Blood Marsh, and into the ancient halls of the Pandemonium Fortress.

Q. What new features can we expect to see in Reaper of Souls?
In addition to expanding the story of Diablo III with an all-new, action-packed Act V and introducing the incorruptible Crusader class, Reaper of Souls increases the game’s level cap to 70. Players forging ahead with their existing Barbarian, Demon Hunter, Monk, Witch Doctor, and Wizard characters will benefit from an array of fearsome new spells and abilities as they advance in level.

The expansion also builds upon several key features of the Diablo franchise, with a greater emphasis on randomized environments, horrific new monsters, epic new quests, and substantial updates to the loot experience. The redesigned loot system in Reaper of Souls focuses on rewarding players with even better treasure through targeted “smart drops,” new and improved multi-level Legendary items, and a third artisan, the Mystic, who can augment an item’s power and appearance.

A new Adventure Mode has been added as well; with all Waypoints unlocked in this mode, the entire world becomes the player’s battlefield! Included in Adventure Mode are two new game features, Bounties, a randomized objective system, and Nephalem Rifts aka Loot Runs, a randomized dungeon system, provide fun and rewarding challenges for players to tackle when they’re looking for new ways to test their might. Diablo III’s Paragon progression system will also be receiving several updates for the expansion, adding even more endgame character advancement and replayability.

Q. What is Adventure Mode?
In Reaper of Souls, players will be able to experience the world of Sanctuary through two different games modes: Campaign Mode and Adventure Mode.

In Campaign Mode, players reprise their pivotal roles as the heroes of Sanctuary in this latest chapter of the continuing Diablo saga. All quests, cut-scenes, in-game movies, and NPC dialogue will be available and progression is intentionally linear. Campaign Mode is very similar to how Diablo III plays currently.

Adventure Mode is Diablo III’s new sandbox mode, where players have the freedom to explore and play the game however they like. All waypoints are now unlocked, soplayers can go where they want, when they want. The waypoint list has been replaced with a waypoint map, a metaphor for the world that serves as a guide for Bounties and a checklist of completed gameplay options. The world is literally your battlefield! Adventure Mode also includes the aforementioned Bounties and Nephalem Rifts.

Q: Can you give us more background on Malthael?
Quiet and elusive, Malthael was an enigma even to his own kind. In the years following the destruction of the Worldstone, this revered member of the Angiris Council grew increasingly distant and withdrawn, prone to long periods of isolation. Malthael’s eventual disappearance led to his transformation into the Angel of Death—a cataclysmic threat to the people of Sanctuary.

Q: What can you tell us about the new class: the Crusader? Will the Crusader be available to all players?
Crusaders are righteous warriors 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 uses battle magic to strengthen allies and weaken foes. A natural walking tank with a plethora of mid-range melee abilities, the Crusader adds power and versatility to any party of adventurers.

The Crusader class will only be available to players who purchase the expansion.

Q. Have any changes been made to the difficulty scaling or settings in Reaper of Souls?
In Reaper of Souls, the game difficulty settings have been updated to Easy, Normal, Hard, Torment, Demonic and Apocalypse. Similar to the way the tiered settings and Monster Power work in Diablo III, higher difficulty levels present more powerful enemies who will potentially reward players with more powerful loot! Unlike the previous tiered difficulty system, though, players are not required to defeat the game on a lower setting in order to unlock a higher difficulty setting. These settings can be selected at any time, for both Campaign Mode and Adventure Mode, making it more convenient than ever to find the level of challenge that’s right for you!

Q. How does the new Paragon system work? Will the new Paragon system be available to all players?
We’ve made three significant changes to the Paragon system:
  • There is no cap on Paragon levels. Players can now earn as many Paragon levels as they please.
  • Paragon levels are now account-wide per game type. Normal characters on an account will share a Paragon level. Similarly, all Hardcore characters on an account will share a Paragon level. Any Paragon experience you gain on your Normal or Hardcore characters will contribute to your account’s “Normal Paragon level” or “Hardcore Paragon level.”
  • Players will now earn Paragon Points each time they level up. These points can then be spent to boost up various stats in four different categories: Core Stats, Offensive, Defensive, and Adventure. All characters on your account have their own version of the allocated points, which can be reallocated at any time.
These changes are intended to be released as part of a pre-expansion patch and will be made available to all players.

Q: Will there be an auction house in Reaper of Souls?
A: The gold and real-money auctions house will be removed from Diablo III on March 18, 2014 and will not appear in Reaper of Souls.

Q. Will players who have Reaper of Souls still be able to play with people who don’t?
Currently, yes; however, Act V will not be available to players who haven’t purchased the expansion.

Q. Will there be a beta for Reaper of Souls?
A: We don’t have any details to share at this time.

Q. When is Reaper of Souls going to be released?
A: We aren’t ready to confirm a launch date at this time.

Q. What’s the price for Reaper of Souls? Will there be a Collector’s Edition for Reaper of Souls?
A: We aren’t ready to confirm the price or the availability of a Collector’s Edition at this time.

Q. What languages will Reaper of Souls be available in?
A: At release the game will be fully localized into English, Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, European Spanish, Italian, Polish, Russian, Korean, and Traditional Chinese for Windows, and English, French, and German for Mac.

Q. Will Reaper of Souls still be rated M (Mature)?
A: We haven’t submitted for a rating yet. We’ll share more information about our global ratings once they are officially set.

Read on for a look at the Diablo III videos released at BlizzCon, and the fact sheets for both the PC and PS4 versions of the game.

There were a number of promotional videos released, to highlight new features coming in Reaper of Souls, and the gameplay on the PlayStation 4. Here are the officially released videos from BlizzCon 2013 for Diablo III.

First is the Diablo III on PlayStation 4 Sizzle Reel, showing a Crusader being played on the next-generation console PS4 version of Diablo III.




The Reaper of Souls Feature Trailer shows off tidbits of a lot of new features: the new game modes with Adventure Mode and Bounties; Nephalem Rifts; some of the UI for the Clans and Groups; the Mystic with Enchanting and Transmogrification; and Paragon 2.0.




The Adventure Mode First Look video shows some of the wide variety of monsters and dungeons that will be part of this new way to play the game.




Finally, there are more Crusader skills displayed in this Reaper of Souls Gameplay video.




Blizzard also released some "fact sheets", that give basic overviews for press attendees who aren't already familiar with the specifics about the expansion. First up is the fact sheet for Reaper of Souls, on the PC.
PRODUCT OVERVIEW:
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 has yet to be revealed. Reaper of Souls™, the upcoming expansion to Blizzard Entertainment’s epic action RPG 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 long ago. In Reaper of Souls, he returns as the Angel of Death and seizes the Black Soulstone, which contains the essence of the Prime Evil. Should this dark power be unleashed upon the world, the results would be catastrophic.

Fortunately, a new hero is ready to join the cause and bring Malthael to justice—the Crusader. Clad in massive armor and bearing an impenetrable shield, this new playable class charges into battle wielding a range of cruel and punishing weapons and employing powerful battle magic to strengthen allies and weaken foes. A natural walking tank, the Crusader adds might and versatility to any party of adventurers.

For more details about Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, visit http://www.diablo3.com/reaperofsouls.

GAME FEATURES:
  • Act V continues the story where it left off in Diablo III, taking players through the legendary city of Westmarch to the ancient halls of the Pandemonium Fortress
  • Level cap increased to 70, enabling players to reach new heights of power
  • The Crusader enters the fray, joining ranks with the Barbarian, Demon Hunter, Monk, Witch Doctor, and Wizard
  • New spells and abilities for each of the game’s five original heroes
  • Redesigned loot system drops “fewer, but better” items, rewarding players with useful upgrades
  • Collect rare items of unprecedented power, including game-changing Legendaries
  • Customize your hero’s appearance and augment your items’ power with a new artisan, the Mystic
  • Upgrades to Diablo III’s Paragon progression system add even more end-game character advancement and replayability
  • Battle a new menagerie of fiendish monsters slavering for the chance to feast upon Sanctuary’s heroes
  • Never stop exploring with Adventure Mode, where all waypoints are unlocked so players can do battle in any setting
  • Engage in Loot Runs to test your mettle in 10-20 minute dungeons consisting of randomized areas, monsters, and bosses
  • Take on Bounties for fun and rewarding objective-based challenges
  • Connect with your allies like never before with all-new updates to Diablo III’s social system, including Clans and Groups


The fact sheet for the PS4 emphasizes the console-specific features. Note that the Clans and Groups mentioned for the PC aren't listed here; those won't be part of the console versions, since they rely on Blizzard's Battle.net infrastructure that is not accessible from a console game. Instead, the PS4 edition of the game will have it's own extended social features.
PRODUCT OVERVIEW:

PlayStation®4 players can now experience the full adventure of Blizzard’s epic action RPG, Diablo® III, and the upcoming expansion, Reaper of Souls™ . . . all from the comfort of their couch in Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition! Take on the role of one of six powerful character classes— Barbarian, Demon Hunter, Monk, Witch Doctor, Wizard, or the all-new Crusader—and embark on a dark journey through Acts I-V to save the world of Sanctuary from ancient and sinister forces. With the new DUALSHOCK®4 wireless controller and a custom-designed console interface, players will be outfitted with touch pad functionality and new social features as they engage in pulse-pounding combat with hordes of monsters and acquire items of incredible power.

For more details, visit http://www.diablo3.com/console.

GAME FEATURES:
  • The complete adventures of Act I-V, which takes players from the besieged town of New Tristram to the ancient halls of the Pandemonium Fortress
  • Six powerful character classes to choose from: Barbarian, Demon Hunter, Monk, Witch Doctor, Wizard, and the all-new Crusader
  • Newly designed loot system and offline gameplay mode designed to take advantage of the fast-paced action of the console platform
  • Hardcore mode for players who seek the thrill of constant peril that comes with the possibility of permanent death for their character
  • Direct character control and new DUALSHOCK®4 functionality such as color-coded player indicators for same-screen coop and touch pad shortcuts to keep players in the action
  • Seamless cooperative play featuring four-player online co-op and four-player local co-op games
  • PlayStation® Network support, which will allow you to connect with friends, send game invitations, and access voice chat
  • All the new and exciting features coming with Reaper of Souls™:
    • Customize your hero’s appearance and augment your items’ power with a new artisan, the Mystic
    • Battle a new menagerie of fiendish monsters slavering for the chance to feast upon Sanctuary’s heroes
    • Never stop exploring with Adventure Mode, where all waypoints are unlocked—the world is your battlefield
    • Engage in Nephalem Rifts, formerly known as Loot Runs, to test your mettle in 10-20 minute dungeons consisting of randomized areas, monsters, and bosses
    • Take on Bounties for fun and rewarding objective-based challenges
We'll have much more from BlizzCon 2013 throughout this week, so check back for that!
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