Everything old is new again, again in Diablo III

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The Necromancer is coming to Diablo III. Blizzard has announced the Rise of the Necromancer DLC pack for Diablo III: Reaper of Souls which is scheduled for launch in 2017. Fans of exploding corpses and black leather can rejoice once again. But wait! Doesn’t the Witch Doctor control zombies? Won’t there be an overlap in undead abilities? According to Blizzard, the Necromancer differs in some important ways beyond his metal album fashion sense.

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.

The price and a specific launch date have not been revealed yet. Players who wish to purchase the Rise of the Necromancer pack will need to own Diablo III: Reaper of Souls on PC, or Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition on Xbox One or PlayStation 4.

As if the return of the Necromancer weren’t enough for nostalgia buffs, Blizzard also announced that they will be recreating the first Diablo game in Diablo III as part of an upcoming free update. The Darkening of Tristram content will include graphics filters to make the game look more like the older title.