'Diablo III' gets way more than just the Necromancer on June 27

 mashable.com  6/20/2017 4:49:51 PM   Adam Rosenberg

On June 27, the dead will walk in Diablo III.

The five-year-old game's latest add-on, Rise of the Necromancer, introduces a new playable class. Necromancers wield powerful death magic to raise armies of zombies and channel the dark forces of the netherworld.

Mashable's own Kellen Beck checked out the Necromancer, first at BlizzCon 2016 and later in Diablo III's Public Test Region. He's a fan. Big time.

The add-on is coming to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on June 27, for $14.99. But there's something else coming to Diablo that day: patch version 2.6.0, and all the new stuff it brings.

The $15 pack just gets you the Necromancer class and a handful of cosmetic bonuses. Everything else is part of update v2.6.0 — and there's quite a bit.

There's a new game mode in Challenge Rifts. These turn one of Diablo III's randomly generated Greater Rifts into a sort of relay race. Completed GRift runs — both the map(s) and the gear/skill build used — are captured as a snapshot and then offered up to other players as a timed challenge. If you manage to beat the time, you get some bonus crafting materials.

The patch also adds a handful of new areas to explore. The Shrouded Moors and Temple of the Firstborn are completely new locations, with their own look and bestiary of enemies. Also coming are the Realms of Fate, a set of areas that you can reach from Heaven in Act IV; each one mashes different bits of Diablo III's world together.

To enjoy the benefits of the new patch, which is free, you simply need the Reaper of Souls expansion. If you don't know what that is but you bought Diablo III within the past few years, there's a good chance you have it already.

All of these goodies arrive on June 27. Learn more about the Necromancer right here.

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