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Thursday, September 14, 2000
 

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Diablo II Expansion Preview
6:00 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

ZDNet has posted an excellent preview of the newly-announced expansion pack for Diablo II. Not merely an excuse to keep the soda cooler stocked at Blizzard, the add-on pack will add to the engrossing story with a new Act comprised of six quests. Two new character classes (the Druid and Assassin) will also be added to the mix, though you will need to play through the original game with them first in order to use them in the new Act, which picks up after the end of Diablo II. Here's a clip from the preview with more on why this expansion will be worth your hard-earned cash:

A lot more thought has gone into the creation of this expansion pack than the one published for the original Diablo game. Defunct development house Synergistic Software produced the expansion pack for the original Diablo; as a result, the additional areas and creatures didn't integrate well with those in the original game. That won't be a problem this time around, as Blizzard is internally developing the add-on for the sequel. While some expansion packs are hastily assembled to capitalize on the commercial success of a title, Blizzard contemporaneously plotted the expansion pack while developing Diablo II and always intended to use the add-on to complete the tale.
Check out the rest of the preview for more on the new monsters, items and character classes in the pack. The expansion is set for release in the first half of next year for Mac and PC, although we know by experience that a Blizzard "ship date" is a moving target at best.

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