Even though initially Blizzard was adamant they wouldn’t release an expansion pack for Diablo III, they’ve just announced it at Gamescom.
Adding a fifth act, the expansion focuses on Malthael, the fallen Archangel of Wisdom. Here’s the features confirmed so far:
A new Crusader class that wears heavy armour and acts as a tank, much like the Paladin from Diablo II.
The level cap is raised to 70, which does pose awkward questions for people who bought best-in-slot items for their level 60 characters, using real money.
Paragon level cap is being removed, which makes one wonder just how high they plan to push magic and gold find. Paragon Levels will now also be account-wide, so all your characters will benefit.
All classes will get new spells as they work their way up to level 70.
The loot system is being overhauled into “Loot 2.0”, with “Smart Drops” that will give you items for your class more than for another class.
New Crafter, the Mystic, which will let you rel-roll stats on items.
Two new endgame modes, called Loot Runs and Nephalem Trials. Loot Runs are apparently random dungeons with random monsters, with a chance at great loot the more difficult you make them. Loot Runs are 15 minute dungeons.
Act V takes place in Westmarch, a sprawling city environment.