And it’s coming in the form of Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition. This brand new, console exclusive bundle includes Diablo III and the recently released Reaper of Souls expansion pack. It also includes all the updates to the loot system and added features like Bounties. The Ultimate Evil Edition is coming to PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, making it the first time the game will be made available for the current-gen consoles.
Four-player couch co-op returns, but Blizzard has added a new Apprentice Mode which boosts low-level player characters’ power in order to play alongside friends with higher character levels. You’ll also be able to send loot items to friends on your friends list, and there’s now something called “Player Gifts” which apparently “contain rare loot for the adventurer whose name they bear”. Not exactly sure how that will work, but perhaps you’ll find personalised items for specific friends to use?
A number of things to note: first of all you’ll be able to transfer your characters from the original console version of Diablo III. What’s more you’ll be able to transfer characters from a last-generation console to a current-gen version; so if you played Diablo III on Xbox 360, you’ll be able to transfer your characters to the Xbox One version of Ultimate Evil Edition.
Second of all: there doesn’t seem to be a Reaper-of-Souls-only option for those who already own Diablo III on console. If you want to play the new expansion then you’ll have to pick up this new bundle release. That’s what it looks like at the moment. Insofar as the price is concerned, I checked with local distributor Megarom Interactive this morning and they couldn’t tell me. Kotaku is reporting that the previous generation version will sell for $20 less than the current-gen version, but it’s unsure whether that’ll be the same here. We’ll update you if we get more information.
The game is out in August.