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Blizzard May Offer Reaper of Souls Special Edition

By - Source: Polygon | B 21 comments

Blizzard is quizzing Diablo III players about expansion pricing, contents, and so on. The company has also launched an open beta of its desktop launcher app.

Polygon reports that Blizzard is currently surveying registered Diablo 3 players about the pricing of the upcoming expansion pack, Reaper of Souls, and about a possible Special Edition. The upcoming expansion will add a fourth Act to the campaign, add a new Crusader character class, an increased level cap to 70, a new artisan and more.

"Consider two versions of the expansion: a Standard Edition for $29.99 and a Collector's Edition for $49.99," the survey reads. "The Standard Edition includes the Reaper of Souls expansion; the Collector's Edition includes the expansion, exclusive in-game content, and other bonus items."

The company is also quizzing Diablo III gamers about their knowledge of the expansion pack, and to rank the new features in order of performance. In addition to the ones mentioned above, these include the new loot system, the Nephalem Trials, gear transmogrification, the new Paragon level and point system, and so on.

"Our goal at Blizzard Entertainment is to make the most epic gaming experiences possible, so we want to get your feedback as a registered user of Diablo III," according to the email sent out to gamers. "We invite you to participate in an online survey where your responses will help us determine which areas to focus our attention in the coming months."

Meanwhile, Blizzard has launched the open beta of its new desktop launcher app for Battle.net. This allows gamers to log in once every 30 days and have access to Diablo III, StarCraft II, World of Warcraft and other Blizzard titles without the need to log into each separate game. This app also keeps these games up-to-date by automatically downloading and installing the latest patches, if permitted.

"In the months ahead, the game launchers for World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, and Diablo III will be automatically updated to our new desktop app for Battle.net, designed to improve the launcher experience and streamline your ability to play Blizzard games—but if you're interested in upgrading now, you can!" reads the download page.

Blizzard said that players will be auto-updated in waves, so the exact date players will receive the update will vary from person to person. When the time comes, the upgrade will download and install on its own the next time a player starts up the launcher for World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, or Diablo III. As long as the desktop app is installed, players won't be able to use the standard launchers provided in World of Warcraft, StarCraft II and Diablo III.

For more information about the new desktop app, check out the FAQ here. The desktop app can be downloaded here.

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    souleet , October 11, 2013 10:09 AM
    BLIZZARD fail...wasted $60 on a crappy D3 game
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    StarBound , October 11, 2013 10:17 AM
    I want to be able to play my games even if my internet dies. Removing the AH and getting back to proper loot drops is step 1. But remove a connection to battle.net is a pre-requisit. But I would like to get the collectors edition if it comes with all the standards that a Blizzard CE normally does.
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    michaeliberty , October 11, 2013 10:34 AM
    I'm not buying anything from Blizzard..........
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    falcompsx , October 11, 2013 10:46 AM
    People who think DIablo 3 is a failure, or post that they never want to buy anything from Blizzard should stop saying so. no one cares. If you dont like their games, don't buy or play them. Pretty simple concept.

    That being said, this being posted as news can now be filed along with other breaking news, along with the sky being blue, and fire being hot.
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    kudoshinchi , October 11, 2013 10:49 AM
    suvery said: FREE!!!
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    Pherule , October 11, 2013 10:53 AM
    Where's the Path of Exile news Toms? I sure hope you make a news post on 23 October when the full release is ready.
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    kulmnar , October 11, 2013 11:00 AM
    Blizzard are up to their necks in capitalist greed, constantly trying to leech off players with micro-transactions...removing the auction house is too little too late...when the bots that currently populate the D3 servers leave (due to no auction house), we'll see how many "real" players play this game. Oh and they're at it again, with Hearthstone, now we get to pay for cards...more micro-transactions. Maybe micro-transactions would be fine if the game was free to play...but paying $60 for a game and then paying micro-transactions on top of that is too much. Not to mention the game was designed for consoles to begin with, with mediocre graphics and a skill progression system designed for mental invalids.

    Advice for Blizzard:
    #1 - Have your CEO wear a Darth Vader mask
    #2 - Change name from Blizzard, to Greedzard
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    06yfz450ridr , October 11, 2013 11:18 AM
    diablo 3 sucks I wasted my money on this crappy game and its still only in dx9 It was fun the first 2 times you beat it but after that its pointless. You can beat the game in like 4 hours with a group of people
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    xaero1ne , October 11, 2013 11:26 AM
    i hate to admit it but i will be getting the CE, as usual, lol
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    kulmnar , October 11, 2013 11:48 AM
    Warning: The NSA (in collaboration with Blizzard) is thumbing down all negative comments ;) 
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    revered , October 11, 2013 11:58 AM
    Removal of the AH and fixing of the loot system are easily the most important changes I'm looking forward to. That turned a definite no-sale in me to a probable.
    What still gives me pause is the content being offered. D2 Exp offered 1 new Act and 2 new classes. They are offering 1 Act and 1 Class in the D3 Exp. Now, let me explain why this is such a problem. D3 has a re-playability issue. The skill and attribute system negate the need, or desire, for multiple play-thrus of a class. This diminishes the importance of the new act because current classes may only see Act5 Inferno. Playing classes from scratch will see the most fun from 5-act run-thrus but plenty of players will only have the new class to do that in. This makes new classes more valuable content-wise than acts. They should be adding at least two, maybe three new. I'd pay $40 for that or $60 for CE.
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    ap3x , October 11, 2013 12:01 PM
    I probably will get it as well. Along with the console version of the game once it is released on next gen. The game is not bad, it is allot of fun....it is just not on Diablo 2's level.
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    maxiim , October 11, 2013 12:07 PM
    SPECIAL EDITION? 30$ more for a POSTER with regular copy of game? or some crap wings in game that do nothing.....$&#( off blizard you're useless
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    GNCD , October 11, 2013 12:08 PM
    @xaero1ne

    At least you're honest. lol.
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    GNCD , October 11, 2013 12:16 PM
    Quote:
    Where's the Path of Exile news Toms? I sure hope you make a news post on 23 October when the full release is ready.


    That sounds really sad.
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    michaeliberty , October 11, 2013 2:09 PM
    Quote:
    People who think DIablo 3 is a failure, or post that they never want to buy anything from Blizzard should stop saying so. no one cares. If you dont like their games, don't buy or play them. Pretty simple concept.

    That being said, this being posted as news can now be filed along with other breaking news, along with the sky being blue, and fire being hot.


    I'm still not buying rather you care or not js
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    noblerabbit , October 11, 2013 2:29 PM
    Diablo 3 is my most disheartening gaming experience I was ever to be insulted with. I will still frequent the D3 forums and laugh at the great divide that will continue to entertain the unwashed masses that will still play this game. I can't believe our generation fell for this corporate lab experiement, I hope you know how the folks at the helm are playing you all as pawns. RNG formula rigged by adaptive monitoring of everything you do in game, from what you carry in stash, what you use as weapon most of the time, what your mouse cursor pauses on in AH, or when vendoring, this is your rigged RNG defined you poor souls that have been reaped.

    Blizzard made this to serve as a mini-game to give the WOW crowd a small diversion, this was not in the least tailored as a standalone franchise. They have their own phorking game, why did you have to pea all over this one?

    Saldy, I'm still going to buy the expansions, I just really do love the cutscene quality of Blizzard games, but I know that it's a totally different team at the helm for that one, so I support the artistry.

    Thx for reminding me about POE coming out!0
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    madogre , October 11, 2013 2:55 PM
    I am interested in the expansion, I played threw it and leveled two toon, I will get the normal version.
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    jl0329 , October 11, 2013 5:11 PM
    BIG fuking surprise....

    They sent me a survey about the expansion, but it's just a fking advertisement. It askes you if you know all those GREAT features about the upcoming expansion....
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    opmopadop , October 11, 2013 11:32 PM
    "The upcoming expansion will add a fourth Act to the campaign"

    Well, to be honest the game felt like it had 3 acts anyway, so maybe this is not a typo?
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