"No one can stop Death."
You probably thought it had all ended when you killed Diablo and watched his burning corpse fall from the heavens. Well, it appears that the soulstone survived, and Tyrael has taken on the task of hiding it even from the angels. Of course, that is until Malthael, the Angel of Death, shows up.
That's at least the story premise for the recently revealed Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls expansion, shown by Blizzard at GamesCom. The game will bring an all new Act V, set in the town of Westmarch, with new monsters and characters.
Even if you don't care for the story aspect, you will probably care about some of the changes in game mechanics planned. The level cap will be raised from the current 60 to an as yet undisclosed level, and the Paragon levels will go from 100 to no cap at all. It will be interesting to see just how high people will be able to take that.
Reaper of Souls will bring an all new character class called the Crusader, which is reminiscent of the Paladin from Diablo 2. He will have all new skills and abilities, including one that makes him look like a lightning bolt crackling through enemies.
One of the biggest complaints about the main game, aside from the auction house, was the loot system, and Blizzard is promising a revamp of how people will get their goodies. The goal is to eliminate much of the useless stuff people get in favor of items tailored specifically to the class you are playing, and legendaries are expected to get a higher drop rate. If a player isn't happy with the stats on an item, a new artisan called the Mystic will be able to juggle stats more to their liking. It is unclear how the system will work, but World of Warcraft uses a system where players can alter stats on an item, lowering one to raise another.
Finally, players will be able to go on loot runs in new random dungeons with random monsters, instead of having to replay levels over and over again. These 15-20 minutes runs will be part of the end game after the expansion has been completed.
Blizzard did not reveal a release date for the game, but they were kind enough to unveil not one, but two new videos. The first shows off the story premise in Blizzard's grand tradition of beautiful CGI. The second shows off a bit of the Crusader class in action. Behold their brilliance below: