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The legendary creators of the Warcraft and Diablo series, Blizzard Entertainment, has issued a press release with official information on Diablo II and the forthcoming expansion pack, now called Diablo II: Lord of Destruction. According to the release Diablo II has sold over 2.75 million copies; multiply that by approximately $40 and you can understand why Blizzard is very happy with the result, though of course they don't gross that amount per unit. Although many details about this project are already public, the press release confirms that Lord of Destruction will feature a whole new act, over 250 new items, and two new characters classes: the druid and the assassin. Here is the press release:

Blizzard Entertainment® announced today that Diablo™ II sold more than 2.75 million copies worldwide in 2000, based on information from PC Data and key retail accounts around the world. The game, which shipped in June 2000, is the fastest selling game in Blizzard’s history. The company also confirmed today that the game’s expansion set, Diablo II: Lord of Destruction™ is on target for a worldwide release during the first half of 2001.


“We are very proud of Diablo II and its success. It is our biggest undertaking to date, and we are pleased that our customers responded so positively,” said Mike Morhaime, president and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment. “With the expansion set, we are growing the Diablo world by introducing the Assassin and Druid character classes as well creating an all-new Act, complete with new quests. Whether a novice or a hardcore gamer, players will be immersed in exciting new gameplay as they travel through the Barbarian Highlands.”


In addition to the new character classes and a new act, the expansion set also introduces six new quests; various new monster types including Quest Bosses and Uniques; new Horadric Cube recipes; and a doubling of the stash size. Diablo II: Lord of Destruction contains thousands of new magical items with nearly 250 new Unique and Exceptional items as well as all-new Class-specific and Elite items.


In Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, players return to follow the path of Baal, the last of the Prime Evils, into the Barbarian Highlands. Traveling north with legions of Demonic minions, Baal intends to destroy the powerful Worldstone that protects the whole of the mortal plane from the forces of Hell. Players will face a new series of quests and challenges to prevent the vile minions of the underworld from destroying the mortal realm.


Diablo II: Lord of Destruction is being developed by the Blizzard North™ design team and is expected to be available the first half of 2001 in Windows®95/98/2000/NT formats for around $30. A Macintosh version is expected this summer. The expansion set will be available at most computer and software retail chains worldwide, and will also be offered directly from Blizzard at (800) 953-SNOW and www.blizzard.com. Blizzard expects the expansion set to receive a Mature rating from the ESRB. A full retail version of Diablo II is required to play the expansion set.

Read our review of Diablo II to learn more about this real-time RPG. IMG readers have awarded this game an average score of 9 out of 10, according to the many user reviews. More information on Lord of destruction can be found at Blizzard, and we expect that many more details about the expansion will be released in the near future.

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