The reaper cometh, or so sayeth Blizzard Entertainment. Today the studio confirmed that Diablo III's first major expansion, Reaper of Souls, now has an official release date of March 25, 2014. That includes Act V, which continues the story of the main Diablo III release, the all new Crusader hero, a level cap raise to 70 and several new gameplay systems meant to make playing the game past the final boss a meaningful and challenging experience.
Alright, so we're all persuaded to go back for more Diablo III now, right? All that's left is discussing price, which Blizzard is more than ready to do now. Diablo III: Reaper of Souls will be wrapped up neatly in three different packages of varying prices. We've got the standard edition at $39.99 (hooray for cheaper expansions), the Digital Deluxe Edition at $59.99, and an old fashioned Collector's Edition running in at $79.99.
Prices are nice, but what's in the box? Here are the differences between each edition:
Standard Edition, $39.99:
- Diablo III: Reaper of Souls expansion, available in physical or digital form
Digital Deluxe Edition, $59.99:
- Contents of the Standard Edition
- Helm and weapon transmogrification recipes
- Spectral Hound minion
- Three additional character slots
- World of Warcraft in-game companion pet, the Treasure Goblin
- StarCraft II Crusader-themed Battle.net portraits and Malthael-themed decals
Collector's Edition, $79.99:
- Contents of the Standard Edition and Digital Deluxe Edition, available only at select retailers
- Full-color hardcover art book
- Behind-the-scenes Blu-ray/DVD two-disc set
- Mouse pad featuring the visage of Malthael, the Angel of Death
Considering that the expansion alone is prices so reasonably at $40 it'd be natural to think paying more would be silly, but Blizzard has a way of persuading many with their digital content. In fact, anyone considering the Digital Deluxe should be hard pressed not to consider the Collector's Edition too, since it's only $20 more for a ton of cool items.
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls launches March 25 and we should form up a party of all-Crusaders to conquer our new enemy -- the Angel of Death! It'll come to PC first, but the game has also been officially confirmed for PlayStation 4, and non-officially confirmed for the other consoles that Diablo III is currently available on.