New details have emerged today on some of the new additions that will be included in the upcoming Diablo III expansion, Reaper Of Souls.
Senior game designer Andrew Chambers explained to IGN during Blizzcon the origin of the Crusader class and detailed some of his skills.
“He comes from a long line of Crusaders that work their way back to the Paladin order. They come from a similar starting point, being part of the Zakarum church, but ages ago, they broke off. They’re this elite group of Paladins that were never affected by the fall of the Paladin order or the Zakarum church. Now they’re back in Sanctuary and they’re going to cleanse the living heck out of it.”
The inclusion of the Crusader class proved to be a challenge for the team since there are already melee classes in Diablo III. By giving the class the ability to use spell and a unique medium range melee ability, the team has been able to differentiate the class and keep some good balance within the game.
“He can use all of the armor and weapons that everyone else has, except for the class-specific stuff. He has two class-specific items that are brand new for Reaper of Souls. The Crusader shield, which tends to be this massive, towering thing, almost as big as him, this sort of thing that can hold off demons just by planting it in the ground and he goes off and has a tankard of ale or something. And he also has flails. One-handed and two-handed versions of that. The great thing about the flail with the Crusader is that it has this very nasty element to it. There are these morning stars on a chain, you know? He can sweep them. It really speaks well to his mid-range ability, having this thing that can scourge and reap through enemies.”
Diablo III Reaper Of Souls will launch next year on PC. The Playstation 4 version of the game, the Ultimate Evil Edition, will also include the expansion.