Putting to bed rumours of a Diablo 4 announcement at Blizzcon 2016, Blizzard has confirmed a new playable class for Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls as part of the upcoming Rise of the Necromancer pack.
No pricing or launch date for the pack was confirmed, though Blizzard said it would be released in 2017.
To access the content from Rise of the Necromancer, you will will need both Diablo III and Reaper of Souls on PC, or the Ultimate Evil Edition on PlayStation or Xbox.
As the name suggests, the pack adds a throwback to the Necromancer from Diablo 2 as a playable class in Diablo 3.
The pack will also include an in-game pet, two character slots, two stash tabs (on PC), a portrait frame, pennant, banner and banner sigil.
Blizzard has put up an overview of the necromancer on its website with an FAQ, introductory video, and animated GIFs showing some of its abilities.
One of the questions players are asking Blizzard, is how the Necromancer will be different from the Witch Doctor, to which it provided the following answer:
The Necromancer and Witch Doctor are quite different in both theme and play style!
Witch Doctors draw their magic from their spiritual connection to a realm they call the Unformed Land. This more light-hearted take on supernatural powers allows them to command creepy crawly denizens of the jungle and summon mindless zombified pets.
Necromancers can expect darker, more controlled gameplay centered around the raw materials of life: blood and bone. Grounded in a philosophical, pragmatic approach to life and death, they’re more like a calculated conductor of the darkest arts. Deadly serious in their practice, they are the experts of curses and reanimation—and their pets obey their every command.
Blizzard also showed some of the abilities that will be available to the Necromancer.