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Expect More Diablo III Expansion Packs

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The team is bursting with ideas.

In a recent interview, senior world designer Leonard Boyarsky said that the Diablo III team doesn't have a shortage of ideas, that they have a "fairly decent" list of things they really want to do with the Diablo III property.

"We've talked about some places in flavor texts of some legendary items that you haven't been to and we talked about lost civilizations," Boyarsky said. "So there's always a lot of places we can go to on the map, but I think there's more to the story in terms of what's going to happen, what's the ultimate end to the sage of the humans, angels and demons."

One of the paths the Diablo III team wants to take is the redemption of Leah's soul. There wasn't a place for that story line in Reaper of Souls; the expansion is all about the Black Soulstone and Malthael. He really couldn't talk about anything specific either, and even admitted that the things they talk about last week are probably different than what they're discussing this week. But yes, they plan to address the Leah storyline eventually.

Earlier in the interview, he was asked about how the team approached the expansion pack given that players have already defeated Diablo. He said it was tough – how do you top defeating the ultimate evil? Eventually, they decided that the angel of death would be an excellent choice. Who would be just as scary as Diablo?

"That's always a challenge when creating a series of books or games," he said. "You know, at [a] certain point you fight the ultimate evil and when you create a new installment, you have to fight extra-ultimate evil. But I'm really happy with how Malthael turned out. You can even argue that he is not... well he's definitely not a villain in his own mind."

He said good characters in fiction aren't evil in their own minds. They think what they're doing is the right thing, whereas the hero finds the actions completely wrong.

The interview also talks about how mankind is now stuck between angels and demons. That path was planned almost since day one, with the hero representing mankind and its quest to do the right thing. Neither angel nor demon really care about humans other than how they can be used as pawns in the never-ending battle between good and evil.

"One of the things about Diablo, I believe that your character is truly a hero and he's doing his best for mankind agenda," he said. "I believe that your hero represents good and that angels represent self-serving good if that makes any sense. Except for Tyrael they don't even think beyond their struggle with Hell, which is what defines them. It's what turned Tyrael around."

To read the full interview, head here.

Stay tuned for our own interview with Blizzard.

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    tobalaz , March 9, 2014 4:14 PM
    Just played Diablo 3 for the first time last night on PS3.It was fun as a multiplayer game but it didn't feel like Diablo, it felt more like Gauntlet.Everything felt pretty linear, exploring wasn't as rewarding as it had been in the past, I could no longer distribute my skill tree or attribute points...It felt REALLY dumbed down.Torchlight feels more like Diablo than Diablo does now.
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    jimmysmitty , March 9, 2014 5:45 PM
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    Just played Diablo 3 for the first time last night on PS3.It was fun as a multiplayer game but it didn't feel like Diablo, it felt more like Gauntlet.Everything felt pretty linear, exploring wasn't as rewarding as it had been in the past, I could no longer distribute my skill tree or attribute points...It felt REALLY dumbed down.Torchlight feels more like Diablo than Diablo does now.


    Torchlight was designed by two of the original people behind Diablo and Diablo 2 so that is why it feels like Diablo in terms of the gameplay.

    Honestly the story surprises me. It is almost as if Leahs death meant nothing to the characters. Then again D3s story was pretty bland.

    And of course there will be more XPacs. Gotta keep the cash flowing.
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    dcompart , March 9, 2014 6:40 PM
    Play Path of Exile, It's 100% free with non game breaking micro transactions (custom item skins pretty much) and the skill tree will blow your mind!
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    b490920 , March 9, 2014 6:49 PM
    so now they call a DLC an expansion pack??
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    RewCore , March 9, 2014 7:17 PM
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    Play Path of Exile, It's 100% free with non game breaking micro transactions (custom item skins pretty much) and the skill tree will blow your mind!
    Too bad you cant respec like in D3(and im not even a fan of D3). I dont have time to make 5 different characters of every class just to find the best build -_-
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    merloin , March 9, 2014 7:52 PM
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    Play Path of Exile, It's 100% free with non game breaking micro transactions (custom item skins pretty much) and the skill tree will blow your mind!
    Too bad you cant respec like in D3(and im not even a fan of D3). I dont have time to make 5 different characters of every class just to find the best build -_-
    Instead of micro transactions, you play the trading simulator. Sounds like my kind of fun /sarcasm. And you pretty much have to trade if you want any kind of decent gear without hundreds if not a thousand hours of grinding just to get half way decent unique.Don't get me wrong, I like POE, but the loot drop rate is absolutely horrible. Everything else it offers is pretty darn cool. It's certainly worth checking out.
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    Memnarchon , March 9, 2014 8:01 PM
    Seriously, I honestly don't care about Leah. Bring Cain back to life you murderers! :p 
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    RewCore , March 9, 2014 8:16 PM
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    Play Path of Exile, It's 100% free with non game breaking micro transactions (custom item skins pretty much) and the skill tree will blow your mind!
    Too bad you cant respec like in D3(and im not even a fan of D3). I dont have time to make 5 different characters of every class just to find the best build -_-
    Instead of micro transactions, you play the trading simulator. Sounds like my kind of fun /sarcasm. And you pretty much have to trade if you want any kind of decent gear without hundreds if not a thousand hours of grinding just to get half way decent unique.Don't get me wrong, I like POE, but the loot drop rate is absolutely horrible. Everything else it offers is pretty darn cool. It's certainly worth checking out.


    I downloaded it and got to level 3 or 4. The story was boring and the mechanics were very poor. I was quite dissappointed, but what can you expect for a "free to play" game these days.
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    southernshark , March 9, 2014 10:33 PM
    I'm expecting 10-15 years worth of expansions with an offer for free leveling at some point.
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    cats_Paw , March 10, 2014 1:48 AM
    Expect me not to buy them :D .Sry, couldnt resist.
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    ferooxidan , March 10, 2014 2:11 AM
    how about making a new game instead this garbage, Blizzard? Your new ideas, put it into a new game. Diablo 3 is finished.
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    sharpies , March 10, 2014 3:04 AM
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    Play Path of Exile, It's 100% free with non game breaking micro transactions (custom item skins pretty much) and the skill tree will blow your mind!
    Too bad you cant respec like in D3(and im not even a fan of D3). I dont have time to make 5 different characters of every class just to find the best build -_-
    Instead of micro transactions, you play the trading simulator. Sounds like my kind of fun /sarcasm. And you pretty much have to trade if you want any kind of decent gear without hundreds if not a thousand hours of grinding just to get half way decent unique.Don't get me wrong, I like POE, but the loot drop rate is absolutely horrible. Everything else it offers is pretty darn cool. It's certainly worth checking out.
    I downloaded it and got to level 3 or 4. The story was boring and the mechanics were very poor. I was quite dissappointed, but what can you expect for a "free to play" game these days.
    I agree with you regarding POE. I also installed it with the hopes of finding something that was missing in D3. However, after playing it for a couple of levels I hated the combat mechanics. The units moved in a weird manner and it wasn't as fluent as D3. So I uninstalled it after I hadn't played it after a few days.Regarding the quality of Free-to-play games... you are wrong here since Dota 2 is F2P and it rules! I can see myself playing Dota 2 for atleast the next 5 years.
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    whimseh , March 10, 2014 3:57 AM
    Get some ideas for Warcraft 4 then, please.
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    MandaEBernard , March 10, 2014 6:01 AM
    Yeah.... Id rather NOT expect more d3 expansions... :p  http://num.to/543851826091
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    somebodyspecial , March 10, 2014 3:49 PM
    If they don't remove the RMAH they won't get my purchase. I've waited this long, I can wait them out forever as there are so many other great games to play (great RPG's etc coming soon from all the old devs that made ultimas, wizardry's, wasteland, fallouts, etc), OR I can always go xbox360 ;)  Which would just be sad, as I haven't needed to boot that in years. I'm hoping the exp pack removes RMAH finally, as they said they were going to do this on PC too.
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    RewCore , March 10, 2014 8:26 PM
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    Play Path of Exile, It's 100% free with non game breaking micro transactions (custom item skins pretty much) and the skill tree will blow your mind!
    Too bad you cant respec like in D3(and im not even a fan of D3). I dont have time to make 5 different characters of every class just to find the best build -_-
    Instead of micro transactions, you play the trading simulator. Sounds like my kind of fun /sarcasm. And you pretty much have to trade if you want any kind of decent gear without hundreds if not a thousand hours of grinding just to get half way decent unique.Don't get me wrong, I like POE, but the loot drop rate is absolutely horrible. Everything else it offers is pretty darn cool. It's certainly worth checking out.
    I downloaded it and got to level 3 or 4. The story was boring and the mechanics were very poor. I was quite dissappointed, but what can you expect for a "free to play" game these days.
    I agree with you regarding POE. I also installed it with the hopes of finding something that was missing in D3. However, after playing it for a couple of levels I hated the combat mechanics. The units moved in a weird manner and it wasn't as fluent as D3. So I uninstalled it after I hadn't played it after a few days.Regarding the quality of Free-to-play games... you are wrong here since Dota 2 is F2P and it rules! I can see myself playing Dota 2 for atleast the next 5 years.


    99% of 'FTP' games arent actually free to play, and involve some sort of game breaking mechanic that forces you to buy something. Thats all I meant. Havent tried out Dota 2 and Ive only sampled LoL; I couldnt get myself into that category of gaming unfortunately. The mechanics of D3 are much better now with patch 2.0 but theyre a bit late. I refuse to pay 40$ for a character, a new gameplay, and an act.
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    jimmysmitty , March 10, 2014 10:28 PM
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    If they don't remove the RMAH they won't get my purchase. I've waited this long, I can wait them out forever as there are so many other great games to play (great RPG's etc coming soon from all the old devs that made ultimas, wizardry's, wasteland, fallouts, etc), OR I can always go xbox360 ;)  Which would just be sad, as I haven't needed to boot that in years. I'm hoping the exp pack removes RMAH finally, as they said they were going to do this on PC too.


    The RMAH is actually closing as is the GAH on the 18th. I never understood why anyone even cared since the game itself has no PvP or ladder so it is not like you are losing a PvE game when someone else buys gear on the RMAH.

    But I guess people will always be mad when others buy their way to the top gear. Happens with any game that has that ability, even if it doesn't affect them.

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    Play Path of Exile, It's 100% free with non game breaking micro transactions (custom item skins pretty much) and the skill tree will blow your mind!
    Too bad you cant respec like in D3(and im not even a fan of D3). I dont have time to make 5 different characters of every class just to find the best build -_-
    Instead of micro transactions, you play the trading simulator. Sounds like my kind of fun /sarcasm. And you pretty much have to trade if you want any kind of decent gear without hundreds if not a thousand hours of grinding just to get half way decent unique.Don't get me wrong, I like POE, but the loot drop rate is absolutely horrible. Everything else it offers is pretty darn cool. It's certainly worth checking out.
    I downloaded it and got to level 3 or 4. The story was boring and the mechanics were very poor. I was quite dissappointed, but what can you expect for a "free to play" game these days.
    I agree with you regarding POE. I also installed it with the hopes of finding something that was missing in D3. However, after playing it for a couple of levels I hated the combat mechanics. The units moved in a weird manner and it wasn't as fluent as D3. So I uninstalled it after I hadn't played it after a few days.Regarding the quality of Free-to-play games... you are wrong here since Dota 2 is F2P and it rules! I can see myself playing Dota 2 for atleast the next 5 years.


    99% of 'FTP' games arent actually free to play, and involve some sort of game breaking mechanic that forces you to buy something. Thats all I meant. Havent tried out Dota 2 and Ive only sampled LoL; I couldnt get myself into that category of gaming unfortunately. The mechanics of D3 are much better now with patch 2.0 but theyre a bit late. I refuse to pay 40$ for a character, a new gameplay, and an act.


    DoTA 2 has items much like TF2. Some are cosmetic and some are weapons but are balanced so they do not outweigh other ones unless it is suited to your specific play style. As well they have item drops and community made items so if you buy certain ones community members get paid.
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    eldragon0 , March 11, 2014 2:34 AM
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    Play Path of Exile, It's 100% free with non game breaking micro transactions (custom item skins pretty much) and the skill tree will blow your mind!
    Too bad you cant respec like in D3(and im not even a fan of D3). I dont have time to make 5 different characters of every class just to find the best build -_-
    Instead of micro transactions, you play the trading simulator. Sounds like my kind of fun /sarcasm. And you pretty much have to trade if you want any kind of decent gear without hundreds if not a thousand hours of grinding just to get half way decent unique.Don't get me wrong, I like POE, but the loot drop rate is absolutely horrible. Everything else it offers is pretty darn cool. It's certainly worth checking out.
    I downloaded it and got to level 3 or 4. The story was boring and the mechanics were very poor. I was quite dissappointed, but what can you expect for a "free to play" game these days.
    This is sadly true and part of the game. Until about lvl 30-40 the combat mechanics are very slow and until about 50-60 the itemization is rather bland. But as any good arpg should be the end game is what really mattersand in terms of endgame content, POE wins hands down over any and all arpg's I've ever played.
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    maximus8100 , March 12, 2014 5:46 AM
    I don't understand all the POE hate. People who play for a couple of hours and say they hate it arnt giving it a chance. I agree it starts out slow but once you start mapping out your build and start to see how in-depth the game is and how the skill gems work you will love it. There are so many ways to customize your character its crazy.Also if you make a good build you don't need the best gear in the game. I have been setting up my own builds and running with blues and a couple of yellows I find and I kill stuff really fast. POE is not a pay to win. There is nothing you can buy with money to give you an advantage that you can buy using the store. They also just released a huge content patch which was free!!!I have played D3 in the beginning and i got turned off by having to buy gear just to progress which is total bullcrap. I don't know if its that way now but the greed of this company pissed me off I just quit. i don't see myself buying the expansion for $40 or whatever its going to be. To me it should be free for how bad the game started but you know that would never happen. There hands are stuck in the cookie jar and it will never come out until people talk with there money and don't buy into there crap.
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    cypeq , March 12, 2014 6:57 AM
    If they want to make something they should balance game and deploy promised PvP. Surprisingly that god damn mess brawling is up to blizzard standard but PVP they spent year developing was worse? At least there would be something more interesting than one broken ffa mode, I wouldn't mind 2-3 broken modes.Auction house failed let's milk players with expansion and raising level cap, we knew that 60 level in Vanilla was there for a reason. 40$ is unacceptable price for a small expansion. Consider how much more work is put into WoW expansions and they cost the same. Wooot woot, I'm pretty sure there is at least ten fold cost difference in developing last WoW and this D3 expansion.RoS is already terrible buy me or gtfo expansion, as there is no reason to continue playing Vanilla D3 because skills, and gear in RoS will be order of magnitude better.
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