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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09:41

Rodpad says:

Is this being broadcast or just text updates this time?

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

10:13

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

10:14

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

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

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

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

10:30

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

10:32

Srift says:

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

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

10:32

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

10:33

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

10:34

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

10:34

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

10:35

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

10:36

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

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

10:37

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

10:38

And game director Josh Mosqueira comes on stage.

10:38

Reaper of Souls is the next expansion for Diablo 3.

10:38

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

10:39

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

10:39

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

10:39

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

10:40

And a whole new act is in as well.

10:40

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

Brian Kindregan here to take us through the story.

10:41

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

10:41

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

10:42

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

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

10:43

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

10:43

This is a darker expansion.

10:44

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

10:45

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

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

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

10:46

Within Westmarch is the story of a fallen city.

10:47

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

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

10:48

He's linked to Diablo 2's Paladins.

10:48

They're a mid-range melee character.

10:49

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

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

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

10:50

This is playable on the show floor.

10:50

And we're seeing that demo now.

10:50

Starts on the ouskirts of Westmarch.

10:50

Eppo says:

No cameras allowed?

There isn't one, I'm afraid.

10:51

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

10:51

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

10:52

Transitions between internal and external places is more seamless now.

10:53

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

10:54

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

stardazzled says:

any mentioning of a level cap?

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

10:55

Voarea says:

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

We haven't seen that yet - sorry!

10:56

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

10:56

Made short work of that.

10:57

Screamer-RSA says:

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

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

10:57

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

10:58

Mosqueira is back on stage to talk about Loot 2.0.

10:58

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

10:59

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

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

11:00

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

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

11:02

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

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

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

11:04

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

11:04

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

11:04

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

11:05

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

And that's it with the changes.

11:07

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

11:07

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.

11:08

magicpanda says:

Cinematic is uphttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cb7QJwQ58T0

11:08

magicpanda says:

and Gameplay http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGp5dkJdi0w

11:08

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

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

11:09

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

11:09

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

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    Skirlasvoud 5 years 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 5 years 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 5 years ago
    Looking forward to the expansion and Loot 2.0. Now just need to know when!
    George-Roper 5 years ago
    Blizzard, stop making games and start making full-length CG movies. That was stunning.
    hume 5 years 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 5 years ago
    Paladin is back. (Crusader my ass). Sold!
    Skippnl 5 years 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)
    PSfourskin 5 years ago
    im one of the few (well millions) that really enjoyed D3 and look forward to the expansion
    birokrats 5 years ago
    any info on how much expansion will cost?
    xuiton 5 years 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.
    Skippnl 5 years ago
    @thestage me 2, I just hoped they would give us something.
    thestage 5 years ago
    I'm guessing all stars is for blizzcon
    demetriorodriguez 5 years ago
    @skippnl might be show during the rest of gamescom or blizzcon since there one this year.
    Skippnl 5 years ago
    nothing is said about the other games LOTV, All-stars or Titan?
    demetriorodriguez 5 years ago
    @martin thats what you ment by drawned and ty for the live chat!
    chrisecc 5 years ago
    Says error with validation
    Demiath 5 years ago
    Short but sweet dungeons, rather. Endless Dungeons are off the table, which they've stated in interviews before.
    demetriorodriguez 5 years ago
    @martin is ok you get to enjoy!
    joshuabarley 5 years ago
    guys the trailer is up!
    jessecashman 5 years 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 5 years ago
    endless dungeon would be cool, only 1 TP allowed - see how deep you can get
    thestage 5 years ago
    sounds like "alternate exp" shinanegans from EQ and other earlier MMOs
    magicpanda 5 years ago
    Cinematic is uphttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cb7QJwQ58T0
    demetriorodriguez 5 years ago
    no longer a cap o boy
    joshuabarley 5 years ago
    No cap on paragon levels?
    thestage 5 years ago
    no paragon cap lol.
    tarikhassan 5 years ago
    Is there Endless dungeon?
    technotica 5 years ago
    Pretty small dungeons though.
    thestage 5 years ago
    loot runs sound like what I want
    Demiath 5 years ago
    Randomised dungeons? YES!
    demetriorodriguez 5 years ago
    And there the level cap who ever asked!
    joshuabarley 5 years ago
    PVP?????
    davidtucker 5 years ago
    what about raveling through acts without having to save and quit?
    Kilboy 5 years ago
    Build changers. Mmm.
    demetriorodriguez 5 years ago
    @Voarea from what martin ha said no.
    tarikhassan 5 years ago
    LG must be worthy with less drop rate
    dudefella 5 years ago
    Sounds like a good change, it's about time somebody made loot meaningful to the player rather than just praying for RNG.
    chrisecc 5 years ago
    @demetrio thanks
    technotica 5 years ago
    I don't see how if there are no cameras. Or Blizzard taping it secretly?
    demetriorodriguez 5 years ago
    @chrisecc prob after all is done
    Voarea 5 years ago
    did they show any current legendaries scaled down or up according to player level? what about new legendaries?
    Crosshash 5 years ago
    The stats are the main problem. Not the quality. None of the items in D3 were interesting.
    chrisecc 5 years ago
    Seriously does anyone know if this will be available for us to watch as well?
    Crosshash 5 years ago
    >Smart DropsThat's not what we need. We need items with variety on them. We need a Grim Helm.
    JohnnyFireBlade 5 years ago
    Fingers crossed we'll be rid of those vendor trash legendaries!
    davidtucker 5 years ago
    @magicpanda thanks
    demetriorodriguez 5 years ago
    @laccnow like console is? atleast they wont have to deal with a rmah for now
    rurounikenshin9 5 years ago
    Any hints as to whether this will come to Xbox One in addition to PS4?
    dragonshardz 5 years ago
    "Loot drops less, but the drops are better and more meaningful."About, freaking, time.
    davidtucker 5 years ago
    Is Diablo 3 going to support twitch streaming on the PC? How about the PS4?
    chrisecc 5 years ago
    Will this be available for us as well to see after it ends? Or is it shown only to the press?
    Crosshash 5 years 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 5 years ago
    I hope their will be a comment on PVP
    magicpanda 5 years ago
    @davidtucker Loot runs and Paragon changes have been mentioned.
    Laccnow 5 years ago
    We don't need to change the AH, we just need a seperate realm without it :)
    kaptel 5 years ago
    Живые есть?
    Arklowandy 5 years 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 5 years ago
    mother fuckers
    JohnnyFireBlade 5 years ago
    I'm guessing a release date might be hinted at toward the end of the presentation?
    davidtucker 5 years ago
    Will there be End Game content?
    technotica 5 years ago
    I wonder why they don't have any cameras, what is this 1983? ;)
    demetriorodriguez 5 years ago
    @screamer-rsa on consoles? lol
    matthewzinn 5 years ago
    Don't expect offline in the diablo series
    Kilboy 5 years ago
    Most likely Str. We have 2 Dex and 2 Int and Pally was Str too.
    matthewzinn 5 years ago
    Likely a str based class
    demetriorodriguez 5 years ago
    can i show a link of a picture of how the paladin looks?
    mumtoucher 5 years ago
    more armour tiers for all characters too please
    magicpanda 5 years ago
    Sounds like more of Act 1 which is good.
    Kilboy 5 years ago
    New level cap 70
    Demiath 5 years 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 5 years ago
    @mumtoucher unless they change it later so far 1 act 1 new character
    Voarea 5 years ago
    hey, what kind of primary stat/gems does this new crusader use?
    timdriessen 5 years ago
    Do we get to see all of this later too?
    sebastiantali 5 years ago
    Can you use the wp for all acts in the same game now? that was so annoying that they removed it.
    stardazzled 5 years ago
    any mentioning of a level cap?
    mumtoucher 5 years ago
    2 characters please blizzard...
    dingo75 5 years ago
    @Qjvt Diablo 2 expansion was one act only, too if I recall correctly.
    Demiath 5 years 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 5 years ago
    Is he going to be dex based?
    Qjvt 5 years 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 5 years ago
    the fuck
    Eppo 5 years ago
    No cameras allowed?
    demetriorodriguez 5 years ago
    @jamesdaniel there is none.
    jamesdaniel 5 years ago
    Where is the acctual stream
    Xensor 5 years ago
    Ham, cheese AND pickle. The holy triumvirate.
    Xensor 5 years ago
    @JohnnyFireBlade I say old chap, have a +1 from me!
    Crosshash 5 years ago
    @demetriorodriguez @sriftThank you
    JohnnyFireBlade 5 years ago
    So you could say that this is a...Malteaser?
    Xensor 5 years ago
    Maltheal? The healing power of malt?
    demetriorodriguez 5 years ago
    @Roddles comming to your living room 2020!
    magicpanda 5 years ago
    Black Soul Bap
    Rodpad 5 years ago
    No doubt to be released in 12 months time, delayed to 2 years.
    magicpanda 5 years ago
    Loot was bad. Smashing things to bits was bloody brilliant though.
    demetriorodriguez 5 years ago
    @crosshash no one has a stream at all i think someone didnt want it to be seen? who knows
    magicpanda 5 years ago
    Out in 2018
    Crosshash 5 years ago
    Why is there no video?
    demetriorodriguez 5 years ago
    @martinrobinson thats one thing blizz can do.
    roquey 5 years ago
    @demetriorodriguez im sure baps will feature from blizzard at some point, even if they're vaguely hidden behind "armour"
    Laccnow 5 years ago
    I hope blizz uploads that video right after its screening!
    demetriorodriguez 5 years ago
    @roquey well he is watching a trailer/cinematic so i think baps will wait
    roquey 5 years ago
    "Putting baps aside for one moment" NO! Baps will be the most exciting thing of the conference!
    magicpanda 5 years ago
    Create Bapzilla in the darkness.
    demetriorodriguez 5 years ago
    @Xensor oh well I guess i like the devil's drink...
    Xensor 5 years ago
    Tea is the drink of the devil!
    demetriorodriguez 5 years ago
    @MartinRobinson food is food as small at it is enjoy it...could not be offered anything at all?
    Skippnl 5 years ago
    Blizzard All-Stars yes please!
    demetriorodriguez 5 years ago
    @Srift and I thought my tea was the best thing here and they have cheese!!!
    Godlesscommiespy 5 years ago
    I have a wild guess that WOW goes F2P...
    magicpanda 5 years ago
    Baps
    britney055 5 years ago
    im exited
    demetriorodriguez 5 years ago
    it prob is according to the german game board suppose to be an expansion trailer *drool*
    demetriorodriguez 5 years ago
    Hello there !
    demetriorodriguez 5 years ago
    good morning all!
    xRiska 5 years ago
    Blizzard All-Stars?
    Pulford 5 years ago
    @Calispher Hearthstone just went into beta, try it!
    Calsipher 5 years ago
    Hoping for a new IP at least, really wanna see something new
    Demiath 5 years 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 5 years 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.
    Dark_Era 5 years ago
    Good'ol text updates.
    Saapa 5 years ago
    Nothing interesting can come of this.
    Rodpad 5 years ago
    Is this being broadcast or just text updates this time?
    Oridan 5 years ago
    Maybe we'll find out what that "Dark Below" thing is.