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Thursday, February 1, 2001

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Diablo II Expansion Hands-On
9:29 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

The Lurker Lounge has published a huge, three-page report from the lucky winner of a GameSpot contest who got a trip to San Francisco to play the Diablo II: Lord of Destruction expansion pack. It's easy to tell the winner is quite the Diablo II connoisseur, as he goes into detail about the game's finer points. He covers improved items and features such as the stash (which is twice as large now), new quests which will be in the fifth Act, and a detailed rundown of the two new character classes and their skill trees. There's even an explaination of the cow level, if you're so inclined... Here's a clip about how your character's conversion from the original Diablo II will work:

It'll be a one-way process.  You can take your character into Expansion Pack mode, but you can't take them back.  If skills are changed around for the expansion, you will need to be aware of them before you switch over - if your favorite skill is nerfed some, you might wind up preferring to keep the character as a standard one.  "We plan to do a complete lookover of every skill in the game," Tyler informed me.  "While every skill won't be altered, we might take a few from each class, say 6, and tweak those."  Matt added, "our goal is to encourage players to employ underused skills in the original Diablo II."  This is great news for those who always want the most in game balance; the game data obtained and lessons learned from six months of fangameplay will give Blizzard excellent information with which to balance the classes.
The rest of the preview is a must-read for anyone excited about this add-on, which should be released this summer for the Mac.

Lurker Lounge Diablo II Expansion Preview
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Diablo II: Lord of Destruction

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