by Joseph Leray
According to a new website hosted by Blizzard, the long-expected expansion pack for "Diablo III" could be called "Reaper of Souls."
The site consists of a dark doorway with a quote from the Book of Tyrael, written in "Diablo"'s characteristic font: "Death, at last, shall spread its wings over all." In the world of "Diablo," Tyrael is the Archangel of Justice and a major character in both "Diablo II" and "III." "Reaper of Souls" is a Blizzard trademark.
Each previous "Diablo" game has received a hefty expansion that has added new gameplay mechanics, character classes, and dungeons. "Diablo II"'s expansion, "Lord of Destruction," added a fifth act that expanded the game's story and the new mechanics introduced proved massively popular and enduring since its release in 2001.
While I can't really speculate on any gameplay additions the (still officially hypothetical) "Reaper of Souls" expansion might include, "Diablo III"'s ending provides plenty of space for some narrative quests: Leah's fate, Adria's whereabouts, and Malthael's disappearance are all potential loose ends that could be cleared up in an expansion.
Furthermore, the timing for an announcement seems right: Gamescom, the largest industry of the year, starts next week, and the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 ports of "Diablo III" will be available in early September.
"We’re very excited to share what lies ahead for the world of Sanctuary at Gamescom next week," a Blizzard representative asked me when asked about "Reaper of Souls." "Regarding our trademark filings, we definitely appreciate the interest, but we don't have anything to share at this time."
In other "Diablo III"-related news, Diablo III: The Book of Tyrael is now available for pre-order. It's an illustrated history of Sanctuary as told by Tyrael, supplemented by texts penned by Leah, Deckard Cain, and others.
Joseph Leray is a freelance writer from Nashville. Follow him on Twitter