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Tuesday, May 22, 2001
Diablo II: Lord Of Destruction Grows Near
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One of the more interesting offspring of the flood of E3-related coverage on the web was this "exclusive" press release posted on OpenTechSupport which confirms that Blizzard Entertainment's expansion set Diablo II: Lord of Destruction is almost ready to ship. Accompanied by twelve new screen shots, this in-depth PR sums up all the features and new additions that will make this expansion a must-have for veteran Diablo II players, and perhaps even inspire new fans of the series. Here's an excerpt:

Diablo II has sold over 3 million copies worldwide since shipping just ten months ago, garnering several awards including the prestigious Computer Game of the Year, Computer Role Playing Game of the Year and Game of the Year for 2001 by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences.

In Diablo II: Lord of Destruction players return to chase after Baal, the last surviving Prime Evil, into the Barbarian Highlands of the north. Traveling with a horrific army of demonic minions, Baal intends to corrupt the powerful Worldstone that protects the whole of the mortal plane from the forces of Hell, snatching victory from the jaws of defeat, and damning the world. Players face a new series of quests and challenges to prevent the vile minions of the Prime Evils from destroying the world.

Key features in the final version of the expansion set include:

  • Two new character classes (the Assassin and the Druid) each with 30 unique skills/spells.
  • A complete new act set in the Barbarian Highlands, including 6 new quests.
  • Ability to play the new character classes through the original four acts of Diablo II.
  • Interactive environments such as siege towers and fortified battlements.
  • Thousands of new weapons, armor and magical items, including class-specific and Elite items.
  • New recipes for the Horadric Cube.
  • Double the amount of storage space in the stash.
  • Support for 800x600 graphics mode.
  • Over 50 new monster classes, with 7 additional and new unique boss monsters.
  • Over 20 different Rune Words.
  • 32 Crafted Item recipes in single-player, multiplayer TCP/IP and Realm games.
  • Over 500 new Magic Item prefixes and suffixes.
  • New Hireling abilities include carrying equipment, leveling independently of the player character, and traveling between acts.
  • Increased difficulties of Nightmare and Hell levels.
  • Increased number of item types that can be socketed.

    In Diablo II, players return to a dark world plagued by evil forces. After possessing the body of the hero who defeated him, Diablo resumes his nefarious scheme to shackle humanity into unholy slavery by joining forces with the other Prime Evils, Mephisto and Baal. Players face a new series of quests to rid the world of Diablo and his vile brethren forever.

  • For the rest of the PR and those dozen screen shots, be sure to follow the link below. The Mac OS version of D2:LOD should be simultaneously released with the PC version, according to our discussions with Blizzard at E3. Expect the expansion by the end of June.

    D2: LOD Expansion PR at OpenTechSupport
    E3: Report on Blizzard Titles, Release Dates

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