When Diablo 3 arrives on the PlayStation 4 next year, it will be bundled with the upcoming Reaper of Souls expansion pack. The PS4 version of the game, entitled Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition, makes several substantial changes to the action RPG.
Reaper of Souls introduces a fifth act to the campaign. Malthael, former Archangel of Wisdom, has stolen the Black Soulstone. He intends to use the relic in order to destroy humanity. He believes that doing so will end the eternal conflict between Heaven and Hell.
The new adventure will take players to new locations such as Westmarch and the Pandemonium Fortress. During their journey. they'll face a new host of enemies, including revenants and war beasts. They'll also recruit the Mystic, a new artisan that can change the properties of magic items or transform their appearance. Players can strengthen their existing character with new loot, 10 more experience levels, and Paragon bonuses. Alternately, they can start a fresh character with the new Crusader class.
Like the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of D3, the PS4 edition will feature a redesigned interface. The new radial menu makes it easier to navigate through your inventory and skills with a controller. PS4 gamers can also use the DualShock 4's touchpad screen to swipe through menus.
D3's not exactly cutting edge in terms of visuals so the PS4 should be able to run it smoothly. PlayStation Blog says they confirmed with Blizzard that it'll run at 60 fps and 1080p on the new console.
If you've been playing D3 on PS3, you can transfer your character over to the PS4 version. However, this is a one-way transfer. You won't be able to take all the new loot and skills you earned back to the PS3 edition.
Reaper of Souls and the PS4 version of D3 are expected in 2014. The exact timeframe still isn't clear, though. Blizzard said this weekend that the expansion will "premiere on PC," which suggests that D3 will hit PS4 sometime afterward.
If you're attending BlizzCon 2013, you can get hands-on time with both the PC and PS4 version. Blizzard previously said that they're going to hold a beta test as well prior to launch.