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Wednesday, September 27, 2000

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Diablo 2 Expansion Previewed at CGO
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Computer Games Online sat down with Blizzard Entertainment's Bill Roper and Jim Morrisey to talk about their upcoming expansion set for Diablo 2. Two new character classes, six new quests, new enemies, and loads of new rare, and unique items are planned for the add-on.

This preview and interview covers all these areas and more. Here is an excerpt from Morrisey describing the new Assassin character class:

The Assassin is a female character who has skill trees for martial arts, shadow disciplines (mental, as opposed to magical, abilities) and trap setting. "She's really a balanced character, with decent hand-to-hand with martial arts," explains Joe Morrissey, who's working on dialog and story for the expansion. "While she's not like the sorceress, she does have a certain type of ranged attack." In addition to using a lot of hand-to-hand attacks (like flying kicks, which was already in place in the demonstration version of the expansion) she tends to lure monsters into various traps with names like Spinning Sentinel (which, according to Morrissey, works really well in a hallway) and Fire Spikes.
The currently unnamed expansion set is being developed in-house at Blizzard, with the first half of 2001 as the tentative release date. If the timely release of Mac Diablo 2 is any indication, we should see the Mac version soon after, if not at the same time as the PC version.

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