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Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls Beta to Begin in 2013

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Here is a bit of news that should put some perspective on when the just-announced Diablo III expansion will arrive. All signs point to a 2014 release, but it's quite possible fans will get their hands on Reaper of Souls in the first or second quarter (read: speculation). That's based on recent news that a beta will take place in 2013.

But don't get your hopes up about getting a taste before a retail release. Blizzard’s Josh Mosqueira confirmed during an interview with Korean site Players Cut that a beta test will indeed arrive this year, but reportedly didn't elaborate further. It's quite possible that the company will initially test the expansion pack with friends and family, and then move on to a multiplayer test limited to a select group of pro-gamers, members of the press and so on.

Keep in mind that Blizzard launched its multiplayer-only test of Heart of the Swarm back in September 2012 that allowed participants to "promote" the upcoming game with previews, gameplay and screenshots. The retail version arrived on March 12, 2013, placing roughly a six month "polishing" window between the beta and the final build. The same window could apply to the Diablo III expansion, if not less given it doesn't serve as a second part in a trilogy.

Meanwhile, in a separate interview, Mosqueira hinted that Reaper of Souls will also eventually be made available for the PlayStation 3 version. "Our philosophy has always been we work on one project at a time," said Mosqueira. "We've got Diablo III on PC, we released it and then a small team splintered off to work on Diablo for the current consoles. Now the team's really focused on Reaper of Souls for PC. So if you look at the past, you can probably infer what the future might bring. We don't have any announcements at this point."

Reaper of Souls was announced last week during Gamescom, promising a new level cap of 70, a fifth act to the main storyline, a new Crusader class, and new spells and abilities for the current crop of player classes. It also promises more randomized environments to explore, new epic quests, new monsters to defeat, and a substantial update to the loot experience.

"From the beginning, Diablo has always been about the struggle between good and evil, and Reaper of Souls explores the darker notes of that conflict," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "This expansion also represents a big milestone in the ongoing evolution of Diablo III."

Expect to hear more about the expansion pack during BlizzCon 2013 taking place this November.

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    bigshootr8 , August 26, 2013 4:07 PM
    And watch blizzard try to throw in a year pass with this franchise again yea NO THANKS! Reviews, then a sale before I'd even give this any thought whatsoever.
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    giovanni86 , August 26, 2013 4:33 PM
    Considering D3 has no PVP, RMAH killed the game, the random drops with stats that don't help for days on end farming, and the not so fun at all play-ability of the game this expansion is nothing more then just a false hope to think anything is left of D3. Move on to TL2 or stick to D2 or just wait for TL3.
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    iknowhowtofixit , August 26, 2013 5:04 PM
    I think this sums up my feelings:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKgPY1adc0A
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    spartanmk2 , August 26, 2013 5:10 PM
    Its just a ruse to refine the RMAH D:
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    nevilence , August 26, 2013 5:10 PM
    better yet wait for ESO
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    chumly , August 26, 2013 5:51 PM
    When can we start a class action suit for being lied to about PvP in order to buy the first game?
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    amoralman , August 26, 2013 6:19 PM
    http://youtu.be/oEPpwQlRu5M
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    hsyuts , August 26, 2013 6:20 PM
    Beta testing for the console version?
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    hsyuts , August 26, 2013 6:22 PM
    Beta testing for the console version?
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    fuxxnuts , August 26, 2013 7:22 PM
    giovanni86: it's not d2 or TL3 - Have you tried path of exile yet? It's what d3 should have been...
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    midnightgun , August 26, 2013 10:53 PM
    All I want to know is.. is it still a farm the boring never ending champion packs game. If so I might not even bother with the expansion... which might be the first blizzard game I've ever not bothered with.
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    tadej petric , August 27, 2013 5:22 AM
    I played diablo 2LoD and it was quite ok for me just mage skill was too good in the beggining.
    But I really dont like diablo 3 so rather than buying new DLC Im going to finish my Skyrim (legendary edition).
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    cats_Paw , August 27, 2013 5:35 AM
    Not even for free :D .
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    nhat11 , August 27, 2013 6:24 AM
    Diablo 2 became really good after the LoD expansion. So people with nostalgic goggles need to remember that.
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    rantoc , August 27, 2013 10:20 AM
    -And in later news the sales of Reapers of Souls was far lower than expected and after the let down that was "diablo" 3 its hardly surprising!
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    dark_lord69 , August 27, 2013 11:06 AM
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    Considering D3 has no PVP, RMAH killed the game, the random drops with stats that don't help for days on end farming, and the not so fun at all play-ability of the game this expansion is nothing more then just a false hope to think anything is left of D3. Move on to TL2 or stick to D2 or just wait for TL3.


    D3 DOES have PVP, you just haven't played in a long time...
    RMAH Killed the game... (I won't argue with that..)
    "the random drops with stats that don't help for days on end farming" Preach on brother... oh wait... there was a patch that gave much better drops and stronger monsters to promote finding items instead of buying them. Since you don't know about PVP you missed that recent patch too.
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    Pherule , August 27, 2013 12:51 PM
    "Move on to TL2 or stick to D2 or just wait for TL3."

    Hey bud, ever heard of Path of Exile?
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    bigshootr8 , August 27, 2013 12:51 PM
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    Quote:
    Considering D3 has no PVP, RMAH killed the game, the random drops with stats that don't help for days on end farming, and the not so fun at all play-ability of the game this expansion is nothing more then just a false hope to think anything is left of D3. Move on to TL2 or stick to D2 or just wait for TL3.


    D3 DOES have PVP, you just haven't played in a long time...
    RMAH Killed the game... (I won't argue with that..)
    "the random drops with stats that don't help for days on end farming" Preach on brother... oh wait... there was a patch that gave much better drops and stronger monsters to promote finding items instead of buying them. Since you don't know about PVP you missed that recent patch too.


    As that may be its a little too little to late for most I'm afraid. Plus for pvp from what I understood you had to be grouped up with the person and certain rules applied to it.
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    knowom , August 27, 2013 3:54 PM
    Blizzard can rot in hell right4 alongside Diablo.
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    bigshootr8 , August 27, 2013 4:30 PM
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    Blizzard can rot in hell right4 alongside Diablo.


    Starcraft is fine however I wish it did have a offline component.