Live: Blizzard Gamescom conference Finished

Blizzard has announced the first Diablo 3 expansion, Reaper of Souls, at Gamescom. Read Martin's live report below for details of its new endgame, loot system, story and character class: the Crusader. Also, check out the cinematic and gameplay trailers below.

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  • Skirlasvoud 11 months ago

    And the original game is STILL almost 60 euros. Are you kidding me? The game isn't that good!

    /goes back to Torchlight 2
  • Mr.Gordons 11 months ago

    if I have a para 100 barb and a para 64 wiz, will it change to both being para 164 (or each para 120 to account for the xp cost increase per lvl) This expansion looks great, I can't wait to try out the new features.
  • saintjw 11 months ago

    Looking forward to the expansion and Loot 2.0. Now just need to know when!
  • George-Roper 11 months ago

    Blizzard, stop making games and start making full-length CG movies. That was stunning.
  • hume 11 months ago

    D3 was absolutely boring. Shit story covered in the glitter of gear fest... what do you mean by it's suppose do be that??? And people buy it??? Why? Is there anyone that bored?
  • Kilboy 11 months ago

    Paladin is back. (Crusader my ass). Sold!
  • Skippnl 11 months ago

    I think D3 is a pretty good game. the problem is, everyone expects Blizz to make a game that is ALLOT better than just "pretty good"... (i'm one of them)
  • darkenergybg 11 months ago

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  • darkenergybg 11 months ago

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  • PSfourskin 11 months ago

    im one of the few (well millions) that really enjoyed D3 and look forward to the expansion
  • birokrats 11 months ago

    any info on how much expansion will cost?
  • xuiton 11 months ago

    wow a conference to announce an expansion pack to a extremely boring (and crappy) game that hardly anyone plays any more....

    most people quit. I'd still play it if it wasn't for the game being designed around the AH and real money AH.
  • Srift 11 months ago

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q
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  • Srift 11 months ago

    Anyone else think Death in the trailer looked like the reaper from the movie The Frighteners?
  • Skippnl 11 months ago

    @thestage me 2, I just hoped they would give us something.
  • thestage 11 months ago

    I'm guessing all stars is for blizzcon
  • demetriorodriguez 11 months ago

    @skippnl might be show during the rest of gamescom or blizzcon since there one this year.
  • Skippnl 11 months ago

    nothing is said about the other games LOTV, All-stars or Titan?
  • demetriorodriguez 11 months ago

    @martin thats what you ment by drawned and ty for the live chat!
  • chrisecc 11 months ago

    Says error with validation
  • Srift 11 months ago

    @MartinRobinson Great stuff, thanks!
  • Demiath 11 months ago

    Short but sweet dungeons, rather. Endless Dungeons are off the table, which they've stated in interviews before.
  • demetriorodriguez 11 months ago

    @martin is ok you get to enjoy!
  • joshuabarley 11 months ago

    guys the trailer is up!
  • jessecashman 11 months ago

    @martin robinson I thought you said 3 big changes with Paragon, I'm seeing it's account wide and there's no longer a cap?
  • mumtoucher 11 months ago

    endless dungeon would be cool, only 1 TP allowed - see how deep you can get
  • thestage 11 months ago

    sounds like "alternate exp" shinanegans from EQ and other earlier MMOs
  • magicpanda 11 months ago

    and Gameplay http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z
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  • magicpanda 11 months ago

    Cinematic is up
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C
    b7QJwQ58T0
  • demetriorodriguez 11 months ago

    no longer a cap o boy
  • joshuabarley 11 months ago

    No cap on paragon levels?
  • thestage 11 months ago

    no paragon cap lol.
  • tarikhassan 11 months ago

    Is there Endless dungeon?
  • technotica 11 months ago

    Pretty small dungeons though.
  • thestage 11 months ago

    loot runs sound like what I want
  • Demiath 11 months ago

    Randomised dungeons? YES!
  • demetriorodriguez 11 months ago

    And there the level cap who ever asked!
  • joshuabarley 11 months ago

    PVP?????
  • davidtucker 11 months ago

    what about raveling through acts without having to save and quit?
  • Kilboy 11 months ago

    Build changers. Mmm.
  • demetriorodriguez 11 months ago

    @Voarea from what martin ha said no.
  • tarikhassan 11 months ago

    LG must be worthy with less drop rate
  • dudefella 11 months ago

    Sounds like a good change, it's about time somebody made loot meaningful to the player rather than just praying for RNG.
  • chrisecc 11 months ago

    @demetrio thanks
  • Srift 11 months ago

    I always felt there were too many drops. I spent most of my time selling all of it...
  • technotica 11 months ago

    I don't see how if there are no cameras. Or Blizzard taping it secretly?
  • demetriorodriguez 11 months ago

    @chrisecc prob after all is done
  • Voarea 11 months ago

    did they show any current legendaries scaled down or up according to player level? what about new legendaries?
  • Crosshash 11 months ago

    The stats are the main problem. Not the quality. None of the items in D3 were interesting.
  • chrisecc 11 months ago

    Seriously does anyone know if this will be available for us to watch as well?
  • Crosshash 11 months ago

    >Smart Drops

    That's not what we need. We need items with variety on them. We need a Grim Helm.
  • JohnnyFireBlade 11 months ago

    Fingers crossed we'll be rid of those vendor trash legendaries!
  • davidtucker 11 months ago

    @magicpanda thanks
  • demetriorodriguez 11 months ago

    @laccnow like console is? atleast they wont have to deal with a rmah for now
  • rurounikenshin9 11 months ago

    Any hints as to whether this will come to Xbox One in addition to PS4?
  • dragonshardz 11 months ago

    "Loot drops less, but the drops are better and more meaningful."

    About, freaking, time.
  • davidtucker 11 months ago

    Is Diablo 3 going to support twitch streaming on the PC? How about the PS4?
  • chrisecc 11 months ago

    Will this be available for us as well to see after it ends? Or is it shown only to the press?
  • Crosshash 11 months ago

    Loot 2.0 - this will be the most important part of this expansion. The loot system and the AH in D3 is what ruined the game for most people.
  • joshuabarley 11 months ago

    I hope their will be a comment on PVP
  • magicpanda 11 months ago

    @davidtucker Loot runs and Paragon changes have been mentioned.
  • Laccnow 11 months ago

    We don't need to change the AH, we just need a seperate realm without it :)
  • kaptel 11 months ago

    ????? ?????
  • Arklowandy 11 months ago

    Xpac is nice and all but if they don't announce radical changes to the AH then they just don't get it.
  • darkenergybg 11 months ago

    mother fuckers
  • JohnnyFireBlade 11 months ago

    I'm guessing a release date might be hinted at toward the end of the presentation?
  • Srift 11 months ago

    @technotica they spent their money on baps instead.
  • davidtucker 11 months ago

    Will there be End Game content?
  • technotica 11 months ago

    I wonder why they don't have any cameras, what is this 1983? ;)
  • demetriorodriguez 11 months ago

    @screamer-rsa on consoles? lol
  • matthewzinn 11 months ago

    Don't expect offline in the diablo series
  • Kilboy 11 months ago

    Most likely Str. We have 2 Dex and 2 Int and Pally was Str too.
  • Screamer-RSA 11 months ago

    If Reaper of Souls does not allow offline play, I have no interest in it whatsoever.
  • matthewzinn 11 months ago

    Likely a str based class
  • demetriorodriguez 11 months ago

    can i show a link of a picture of how the paladin looks?
  • mumtoucher 11 months ago

    more armour tiers for all characters too please
  • magicpanda 11 months ago

    Sounds like more of Act 1 which is good.
  • Kilboy 11 months ago

    New level cap 70
  • Demiath 11 months ago

    @timdriessen Nope, this is the last time anyone will ever see the D3 expansion! ;) Seriously, though, the lack of cameras is so...1994.
  • demetriorodriguez 11 months ago

    @mumtoucher unless they change it later so far 1 act 1 new character
  • Voarea 11 months ago

    hey, what kind of primary stat/gems does this new crusader use?
  • timdriessen 11 months ago

    Do we get to see all of this later too?
  • sebastiantali 11 months ago

    Can you use the wp for all acts in the same game now? that was so annoying that they removed it.
  • stardazzled 11 months ago

    any mentioning of a level cap?
  • mumtoucher 11 months ago

    2 characters please blizzard...
  • dingo75 11 months ago

    @Qjvt Diablo 2 expansion was one act only, too if I recall correctly.
  • Demiath 11 months ago

    @Qjvt That's not how D2's expansion worked (indeed, that's not how "expansions" usually work in case they're not, y'know, *sequels*).
  • davidtucker 11 months ago

    Is he going to be dex based?
  • Ezzekhiel 11 months ago

    does he have any healing ablities?
  • Qjvt 11 months ago

    Wait, just one new act? Isn't it slightly dissapointing? I expected the expansion to have the same amount of content as the basic game
  • darkenergybg 11 months ago

    the fuck
  • Eppo 11 months ago

    No cameras allowed?
  • demetriorodriguez 11 months ago

    @jamesdaniel there is none.
  • jamesdaniel 11 months ago

    Where is the acctual stream
  • Xensor 11 months ago

    Ham, cheese AND pickle. The holy triumvirate.
  • Srift 11 months ago

    @MartinRobinson Malthael is miserable over no ham AND cheese.
  • Xensor 11 months ago

    @JohnnyFireBlade I say old chap, have a +1 from me!
  • Crosshash 11 months ago

    @demetriorodriguez @srift

    Thank you
  • JohnnyFireBlade 11 months ago

    So you could say that this is a...Malteaser?
  • Xensor 11 months ago

    Maltheal? The healing power of malt?
  • Srift 11 months ago

    @magicpanda haha
  • demetriorodriguez 11 months ago

    @Roddles comming to your living room 2020!
  • magicpanda 11 months ago

    Black Soul Bap
  • Roddles 11 months ago

    No doubt to be released in 12 months time, delayed to 2 years.
  • magicpanda 11 months ago

    Loot was bad. Smashing things to bits was bloody brilliant though.
  • Srift 11 months ago

    @Crosshash no stream unfortunately but I am sure Blizz will post soon enough.
  • demetriorodriguez 11 months ago

    @crosshash no one has a stream at all i think someone didnt want it to be seen? who knows
  • magicpanda 11 months ago

    Out in 2018
  • Crosshash 11 months ago

    Why is there no video?
  • demetriorodriguez 11 months ago

    @martinrobinson thats one thing blizz can do.
  • roquey 11 months ago

    @demetriorodriguez im sure baps will feature from blizzard at some point, even if they're vaguely hidden behind "armour"
  • Laccnow 11 months ago

    I hope blizz uploads that video right after its screening!
  • demetriorodriguez 11 months ago

    @roquey well he is watching a trailer/cinematic so i think baps will wait
  • roquey 11 months ago

    "Putting baps aside for one moment" NO! Baps will be the most exciting thing of the conference!
  • Srift 11 months ago

    @Xensor the prince of darkness has got to have some class. Tea plus ham and cheese.
  • magicpanda 11 months ago

    Create Bapzilla in the darkness.
  • demetriorodriguez 11 months ago

    @Xensor oh well I guess i like the devil's drink...
  • Xensor 11 months ago

    Tea is the drink of the devil!
  • Srift 11 months ago

    @demetriorodriguez nothing like a good cuppa.
  • demetriorodriguez 11 months ago

    @MartinRobinson food is food as small at it is enjoy it...could not be offered anything at all?
  • Srift 11 months ago

    @MartinRobinson ah I see what you did grabbed both and combined. Sandwich crafting unlocked trophy obtained.
  • Skippnl 11 months ago

    Blizzard All-Stars yes please!
  • demetriorodriguez 11 months ago

    @Srift and I thought my tea was the best thing here and they have cheese!!!
  • Srift 11 months ago

    Cheese and ham baps. Excellent
  • Godlesscommiespy 11 months ago

    I have a wild guess that WOW goes F2P...
  • magicpanda 11 months ago

    Baps
  • hippyjump 11 months ago

    sigh betablo finally releasing?
  • britney055 11 months ago

    im exited
  • demetriorodriguez 11 months ago

    it prob is according to the german game board suppose to be an expansion trailer *drool*
  • demetriorodriguez 11 months ago

    Hello there !
  • demetriorodriguez 11 months ago

    good morning all!
  • xRiska 11 months ago

    Blizzard All-Stars?
  • Pulford 11 months ago

    @Calispher Hearthstone just went into beta, try it!
  • Srift 11 months ago

    If they do talk about new content for Diablo 3, it better be damn good considering how boring the campaign was.
  • Calsipher 11 months ago

    Hoping for a new IP at least, really wanna see something new
  • Demiath 11 months ago

    Hoping for some solid info on that Diablo III expansion. Have played 120 hours and barely scratched the surface of what the game has to offer in its current state, but even aside from the Auction House/always online controversy there are many big improvements D3 desperately needs to approach and surpass the replayability of its predecessor.
  • Dark_Era 11 months ago

    @monty_79 if i'm right blizzard have been saying that they have a special announcement for Gamescon.

    Hoping it something cool and not something that's sugar coated.
  • Stevonymo 11 months ago

    Please give me more Diablo 3 content!
  • Dark_Era 11 months ago

    Good'ol text updates.
  • Saapa 11 months ago

    Nothing interesting can come of this.
  • Roddles 11 months ago

    Is this being broadcast or just text updates this time?
  • monty_79 11 months ago

    There isn't really that much coming from Activision that I am interested in apart from Destiny. Hopefully there will be some new gameplay footage that doesn't have any cretinous 'dudepals' talking over it.
  • Oridan 11 months ago

    Maybe we'll find out what that "Dark Below" thing is.

Our live coverage has now ended. Here's what you missed: Updating...

09:41 By Oli Welsh

There's no stream that we know of, so it will just be Martin's text updates filling you in.

Roddles says:

Is this being broadcast or just text updates this time?

10:13 By Martin Robinson

Hey hey, I've just taken my seat in the Press Hall within the Kolnmesse.

10:14 By Martin Robinson

The stage is flanked with Diablo 3 banners, and they're playing music that sounds super-similar to Han Zimmer's Man of Steel soundtrack. Is Superman going to be revealed as a new character class?

10:14 By Martin Robinson

Yeah, probably not. Diablo 3 console's just around the corner, so it's more likely this is an update or - excite! - an expansion.

10:27 By Martin Robinson

Other than a selection of cheese and ham baps at the back of the room there's not much to report yet. We're due to kick off in three minutes.

10:29 By Martin Robinson

Sorry, it's cheese or ham, not cheese and ham. I went for both.

10:30 By Martin Robinson

Small dollop of cream cheese and a walnut on the emmental one, which seemed a bit unnecessary, but still pretty good.

10:32 By Martin Robinson

Ha! I might be more experimental and throw in some of the salami one too.

Srift says:

@MartinRobinson ah I see what you did grabbed both and combined. Sandwich crafting unlocked trophy obtained.

10:32 By Martin Robinson

Putting baps aside for one moment - the lights have dimmed and we're about to kick off.

10:33 By Martin Robinson

There's lights and ominous music. Feel like I'm at a very polite Iron Maiden gig.

10:34 By Martin Robinson

And we're in with a cinematic for Diablo 3.

10:34 By Martin Robinson

'Diablo was defeated, and for a time it seemed we were at peace. But it was not to be.'

10:35 By Martin Robinson

It's the pencil sketch style that swoops through a dungeon, and we cut to some typically impressive CG.

10:36 By Martin Robinson

It's kicking off - scythe wielding demon comes in and makes all sorts of mischief with a selection of heroes. Christ they know how to put together a cinematic.

10:37 By Martin Robinson

Our hero thrusts his blade through the demon, only to be picked up and have his life sucked slowly away. 'Brother, why?'

10:37 By Martin Robinson

Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls is announced in quite some style.

10:38 By Martin Robinson

And game director Josh Mosqueira comes on stage.

10:38 By Martin Robinson

Reaper of Souls is the next expansion for Diablo 3.

10:38 By Martin Robinson

And we're going to have a look at it today. Genuine excitement.

10:39 By Martin Robinson

Diablo 3's about epic heroes - and there's a new villain in the fallen angel of wisdom.

10:39 By Martin Robinson

And Diablo 3, more importantly, is about epic loot -pleasing after the original's somewhat anaemic offering.

10:39 By Martin Robinson

A new hero, the Crusader. That's who we saw in the cinematic.

10:40 By Martin Robinson

And a whole new act is in as well.

10:40 By Martin Robinson

And they're rethinking the end-game, providing players with as many options. One's loot runs, another's an update to the Paragon system.

10:40 By Martin Robinson

Brian Kindregan here to take us through the story.

10:41 By Martin Robinson

It's an age of peace. There's a problem though! It's the sodding Black Soul Stone.

10:41 By Martin Robinson

It's hidden in sanctuary, but Maltheal, the Angel of Death returns to generally be a bit of a sod.

10:42 By Martin Robinson

So Malthael's back, and he wants to end the eternal conflict by destroying all the demons. And it's the humans that really get his back up.

10:43 By Martin Robinson

Malthael can turn the dead against their loved ones. Not particularly nice.

10:43 By Martin Robinson

Christian Lichtner, the art director, is up now. He's excited to talk about Malthael.

10:43 By Martin Robinson

This is a darker expansion.

10:44 By Martin Robinson

That's something you can see in Malthael's look - he looks proper miserable.

10:45 By Martin Robinson

He can drain the souls from his victims, and he's pretty much death incarnate. He has angelic wings, but they're skeletal.

10:46 By Martin Robinson

New monsters are getting involved too. The Seraph, a chubby demon is first. Summoner of the Dead's more wirty, and the Executioner's a hulking beast. Death Maiden, who looks quite stylish really, is last.

10:46 By Martin Robinson

Westmarch is the setting, and it takes influence from Gothic western locations. It's more medieval.

10:46 By Martin Robinson

Within Westmarch is the story of a fallen city.

10:47 By Martin Robinson

And you've got to save it, basically. Kevin Martens, the lead designer, will let us know how you can go about that.

10:47 By Martin Robinson

The Crusader's taking the limelight - wielding shield and long sword, he's a heroic looking chap.

10:48 By Martin Robinson

He's linked to Diablo 2's Paladins.

10:48 By Martin Robinson

They're a mid-range melee character.

10:49 By Martin Robinson

A Sparten ethos with the power of a modern tank. They've got crusader shields, and flails. They can get right up in the midst and crack skulls. A war machine made human.

10:49 By Martin Robinson

We're seeing the crusader in action now - there's a shield bash and fist of the heavens, a mid-range melee ability.

10:50 By Martin Robinson

Falling sword's related to that - you become the missile, raining down on enemies.

10:50 By Martin Robinson

This is playable on the show floor.

10:50 By Martin Robinson

And we're seeing that demo now.

10:50 By Martin Robinson

Starts on the ouskirts of Westmarch.

10:50 By Martin Robinson

There isn't one, I'm afraid.

Eppo says:

No cameras allowed?

10:51 By Martin Robinson

You're hight up, and down below you can see Westmarch peeking out of the gloom.

10:51 By Martin Robinson

Shield Flare's being highlight, which can blind your enemies.

10:52 By Martin Robinson

Transitions between internal and external places is more seamless now.

10:53 By Martin Robinson

We're on the streets of Westmarch, a very urban backdrop.

10:54 By Martin Robinson

The Law of Valour ability's being activated - and he's showing off Falling Sword, which makes light work of a small pack of enemies.

10:55 By Martin Robinson

It's been pushed up -not sure where to exactly though.

stardazzled says:

any mentioning of a level cap?

10:55 By Martin Robinson

We haven't seen that yet - sorry!

Voarea says:

hey, what kind of primary stat/gems does this new crusader use?

10:56 By Martin Robinson

Now we're inside Zakarum Cathedral, where a Death Maiden lies in wait.

10:56 By Martin Robinson

Made short work of that.

10:57 By Martin Robinson

Let's wait and see - I'm sure we'll get news regarding that shortly.

Screamer-RSA says:

If Reaper of Souls does not allow offline play, I have no interest in it whatsoever.

10:57 By Martin Robinson

Loot time - just picked up a God Butcher, a flail that's every bit as awesome as it sounds.

10:58 By Martin Robinson

Mosqueira is back on stage to talk about Loot 2.0.

10:58 By Martin Robinson

Loot drops less, but the drops are better and more meaningful.

10:59 By Martin Robinson

You'll get Smart Drops - every time one drops, there's a chance its stats are tweaked to suit the character you're playing.

11:00 By Martin Robinson

Comparing original D3 and the expansion - in Act 3 you'd find 256 common, 399 blue, 275 yellow and one legendary.

11:00 By Martin Robinson

In Reaper of Souls, it could be 73 white items, 266 blues and 83 yellow items - but there's more chance they'll be smart drops.

11:01 By Martin Robinson

And it'll throw 6 legendary items your way, and this time they'll be build changers.

11:02 By Martin Robinson

We're looking at how they're making loot more meaningful - a wizard's legendary wand now has a greater chance of summoning Hydras, and summoning more of them.

11:03 By Martin Robinson

A new artisan in Reaper of Souls can transmogrify your items - so you don't have to sacrifice your look for more power.

11:03 By Martin Robinson

And there's enchanting, allowing you to reroll an affix in a rare of legendary item.

11:04 By Martin Robinson

And the endgame's being rethought completely. Something for everyone once you're done with the story.

11:04 By Martin Robinson

New level cap of 70, so every class gets more skills, runes.

11:04 By Martin Robinson

Loot Runs are 15-20 minutes dungeons that are completely randomised.

11:05 By Martin Robinson

Paragon 2.0 - there are three big changes. It's now account wide, so all your characters will benefit. And there's no longer a cap.

11:06 By Martin Robinson

And that's it with the changes.

11:07 By Martin Robinson

One last surprise! It's the gameplay trailer - which isn't that exciting for you as there's no stream (sorry)

11:07 By Martin Robinson

It's on the show floor, and we're meeting with Josh tomorrow so hopefully we'll be able to get to any unanswered questions.

magicpanda says:

Cinematic is up
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C
b7QJwQ58T0

magicpanda says:

and Gameplay http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z
Gp5dkJdi0w

11:08 By Martin Robinson

From what I understand, though, this is very much addressing all the concerns many had with Diablo 3, and answering many of the criticisms.

11:08 By Martin Robinson

From what I've seen it's done so very well.

11:09 By Martin Robinson

And that's a wrap. Thanks for joining us!

11:09 By Martin Robinson

We'll be back later with a livetext of Phil Spencer's keynote. See you then!