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Friday, March 16, 2001

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Diablo II Expansion Q&A
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The German site, The Diablo II Network, has posted an English version of a new interview with Blizzard's Bill Roper about the upcoming expansion pack, Diablo II: Lord of Destruction. In the chat, they cover a variety of topics regarding the new, fifth Act to be included as well as rebalancing of the original game. Here's an excerpt with more:

You will modify some of the skills of the original charakters, right? E.g. the sorceress Skill "Meteor". Isnīt this a real weakening for her?

Bill Roper:
We actually be gonna making some changes for the expansion set like changing the casting costs, increasing the damage the skills do. The sorceress needed five or six meteors to kill a monster but now 2 of them will be enough. Due to a malfunction "nobody" wanted to play this kind of sorceress cuz you canīt cast enough spells without dropping the framerate to nothing. The firewall is another good example for that. In the expansion that you will not have so many "spells" on the screen simultaneously so performance will be much better now. Also the sorceress skills will make more damage.

Check out the rest of the interview for more from Roper. One interesting thing to remember is that players who install the expansion will no longer be able to play with those with only the original Diablo II. But you can move your Diablo II characters into the expansion, keeping all of your items acquired. The Lord of Destruction add-on is expected out later this year for both Mac and PC.

Diablo II: Lord of Destruction Interview with Bill Roper
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Diablo II: Lord of Destruction

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