The lights are on
Yesterday, we reported that Blizzard has registered a trademark for something called "The Dark Below." Now, a new teaser site has appeared that is unmistakably related to the Diablo franchise.
Underneath the image, which includes a quote from the Book of Tyreal referencing death, are trademark notices for both Diablo and "Reaper of Souls." Both are also referenced in the URL (http://us.battle.net/d3/en/reaper-of-souls/).
During recent financial calls, Activision Blizzard noted lower sales during the first and second quarters. This was due in part to Diablo III's release in early 2012, with no comparable title in that period this year. All of that is to say that a Diablo expansion wouldn't be the worst thing for the company's finances.
On the earnings call, Blizzard President Michael Morhaime mentioned a Diablo announcement at Gamescom, which is next week in Germany. But if a new Diablo expansion is called "Reaper of Souls," what is "The Dark Below?" We'll have more news from the show.
[Source: Blizzard via Joystiq]
Our TakeThe timing is right for a big Diablo III expansion. With all of the tweaks and balancing that has gone on since the title's launch, it might be a good time to jump back in.
This also pairs nicely with the upcoming release of Diablo III on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on September 3, 2013.
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I've had the urge to play diablo 3 lately but I can't because I just moved and my authenticator is packed away somewhere and I won't find it for a very long time, I am not happy about this. I also play diablo whenever I have the urge to start playing wow again (played for five years and quit last fall) I find it helps get rid of that urge
Time to go rescue a certain person's soul!
Why would the announce an expansion so close to the console release? I would hope the news is about the game on all platforms.
Sweet. I love D3, but I haven't played for quite a while. A DLC may be just the thing.
Can we get skill trees back, yea?
The Dark Below =/= Reaper of Souls
Dark Below is a place in WoW, Ozumat's title has it, in it. Reaper of Souls probably has to do with the former Angel of Wisdom who is probably gonna be come some angel of death
I'm happy about this. I personally really enjoyed Diablo 3 (and yes, I've played through 1 and 2) I'd love a reason to start it back up!
i'm happy...my fiance and i are definitely waiting to play this...
if it isnt going to be more like diablo 2 in skill trees and loot then I will never play another diablo game again. Blizzard flopped it.