MWSF: Blizzard Report, Expansion Pack News
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IMG wraps up our Macworld Expo San Francisco coverage with some detailed notes from our talk with longtime Mac favorite Blizzard Entertainment. The next release from Blizzard Entertainment is the upcoming Diablo II
Expansion Pack. This add-on for the hugely successful Diablo II adds two new
character classes, new items and spells as well as an entire fifth act to the game.
Inside Mac Games had a chance to sit down with Brian Love from Blizzard to
see an early build of the Expansion Pack running on a PowerBook G3.
The two new character classes are the Assassin and the Druid, of course. The Assassin has a
variety of new martial arts-inspired combat moves which results in the
Assassin being a very formidable close-range fighter. The Druid, on the other hand, has
the ability to morph into other creatures such as a wolf or a bear. The
effect is quite impressive and adds a new dimension of play to Diablo II. The
Druid also has some impressive magical abilities, including the power to
summon a volcano to drown his enemies in floods of lava. So much for Druids being peaceful tree-worshippers.
The Diablo II: Expansion Pack also adds a significant number of new items,
magical abilities, and skills. In addition to new, class-specific items,
Brian Love explains that there will be "a galaxy of new items available" to
all character classes. There will be an entirely new set of Exceptional and
Exceptional Items will also be introduced that are exclusive to the Hell
level of the game. There will be anywhere from 50 to 100 new magical
prefixes and suffixes added to the game in order to further enhance the
In addition to these new features, an entirely new Act V will continue the
story started in Diablo II. Act V will take place immediately following the
end of Diablo II, with the title "The Story of Baal." Players will have the
option of starting a new character and playing the game from the beginning
or taking the character they used to complete the original Diablo II
directly into Act V. Players will not, however, be able to jump into the
Nightmare difficulty level in Act V unless they have completed the previous
four acts at this difficulty level.
Love says that Blizzard has been "happy with the sales" of Diablo II and
that they expect the Mac version of the Diablo II: Expansion Pack to be
released within 30 days of the release of the PC version, baring any
unforeseen problems. While there is no official release date for the
expansion pack, Blizzard is targeting sometime in the second quarter of this
year. This new information about the Diablo II: Expansion Pack is just a
sampling of what this title will offer to fans of the original. You can
expect more details about this exciting release in the coming weeks.
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