Blizzard announced on Thursday that the expansion pack for Diablo III, Reaper of Souls, will launch on March 25 for the PC and Mac. Prior to the launch, a free update will bring a host of new features including a revamped loot system, an expanded Paragon progression system for max-level characters, and expanded social tools in the form of Clans and Communities.
"With Reaper of Souls, we're taking Diablo III back to its darker, deadlier roots and also giving players a new way to experience the game," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment. "In addition to adding a new character class, a new act, and tons of fully randomized new content, we're opening up the world so players are free to explore the game as they see fit, whether it's following along with the story line or charting their own course across Sanctuary."
As previously reported, the expansion pack adds a new fifth act, a new character called The Crusader, and an increased level cap of 70. The expansion also brings a new Adventure mode allowing players to go anywhere and slay anything. Also added are Bounties, the Naphalem Rifts, and The Mystic, a powerful new Artisian.
Blizzard also revealed on Thursday a Digital Deluxe Edition that will cost an extra $20 USD. This "bundle" will add an exclusive helm- and weapon-transmogrification recipe for players to distinguish their characters from all the others. Deluxe owners will also receive three additional slots, and a Spectral Hound minion to keep them company. Also included is a World of Warcraft in-game companion pet, StarCraft II portraits and Malthael-themed decals.
The company will also release a retail-only Collector's Edition, packing all the goodies that come with the Standard and Digital Deluxe editions, plus a full-color hardcover art book, a behind-the-scenes Blu-ray/DVD two-disc set, and a mouse pad bearing the impenetrable visage of Malthael, the Angel of Death.
Gamers can pre-purchase the expansion pack now for $39.99, the Digital Deluxe version for $59.99, and the Collector's Edition for $79.99.