Diablo 3 Expansion Quest Leaked?

So it seemed, when an observant fan noticed that the name of the quest in one of the v1.08 preview screenshots was different than any quests in the game today. You can see the screen to the right, with the quest entitled “Restoration of Hope” active, on Hell difficulty.

PXjgAnQI paid that quest name little attention in the screen, and if pressed I’d have said it was the name of one of the current Act Four quests, since all of the angels’ nicknames are Justice and Hope and Redemption and such (I’m not hugely invested in the Angelic lore, to be honest). It’s not quite the same though, as a check of the Act Four quests demonstrated. I’ll just quote the DiabloNut page, since it knows the quests a lot better than I do. SPOILERZ!!11!

  • Fall of the High Heavens — Fight your way through the demonic onslaught blocking your entrance into the Heavens.
  • The Light of Hope — Auriel has been captured by Rakanoth, the Lord of Despair. Free her and restore hope to the High Heavens.
  • Beneath the Spire — Track Diablo’s corruption to the Silver Spire, the very heart of the High Heavens.
  • Prime Evil — Ascend the Silver Spire and battle Diablo, the Prime Evil.
  • Fans were speculating that this was a new quest from D3X; perhaps an added quest to transition from Act Four on to Act Five in the Diablo 3 expansion? But if that’s the case, then why is the background in the screenshot from Act One, rather than Act Four? Happily, a Blue popped in to explain (or to perpetrate a clever cover up; you be the judge):

    Nice catch, you guys!

    Our aim with these images was to call attention to the new UI elements we’ll be introducing with patch 1.0.8, such as “Players Near you” and “Private Chat,” but the image you see there is actually a mock-up of the tagging system, not an actual screenshot from the game (so it has some placeholder elements). When we’re planning out UI changes, we’ll often move around and reposition elements from our UI mock-up template that we’ve had on-hand since before the game shipped. Certain elements have changed over time, and in this particular case, one of the Act IV quests that appeared in the template was later renamed from “Restoration of Hope” to “The Light of Hope” before Diablo III was released. Also, for the sticklers out there, the background also isn’t the view of the High Heavens from Act IV, and instead is the familiar Act I background.

    That said, we apologize for any undue confusion that mock-up images may have caused, and we hope you enjoy them for that they were intended to be: a glimpse into some of the exciting multiplayer changes we’re working on for Diablo III. 🙂

    Conspiracy theorizing and possible D3X leaks are more exciting than MP changes, IMHO. 🙁

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    16 thoughts on “Diablo 3 Expansion Quest Leaked?

    1. lmao does anyone SERIOUSLY believe Actiblizzard has actually started working on an expansion at this stage? they can’t even tie their friggin shoelaces.

          • If you think about it, they’ve had expansion features since 2008. (And possibly even before)

            Customization depth?
            A proper end game?

            Looks like they’ve already got the expansion direction already sewn up.

            • Expansion content and CUT content from the original full game are nowhere near the same thing. Expansion implies brand new content, not recycled. Like Baal in D2. There were hints that we might go there, but he sure as hell wasn’t removed from, say Act 4 to be turned into an expansion.

              Or even in Mass Effect 3. Aria implies that we’ll be paying Omega a visit later on, but it defo wasn’t cut from the full game to be offered as expansion material.

              THIS is completely different. Mystic? Talisman? PvP? All core game material and we know for a FACT they used to be in the game before release.

      • I believe the work on expansion began before the game even shipped. But who we are to know that, right?

        • It obviously did, because of the things that got cut from the release that will be moved into the expansion, like the Mystic, and probably other systems like the talisman. That’s before you even consider all of the concept art they released for D3 but didn’t use in-game, like the Amazon Isle etc.

      • They don’t have a clue about what to do to call Diablo 3 v1.0…I’m not talking about doing it a v1 I’m talking of KNOWING WHAT TO DO AT ALL.

        (I vote the wrong user comment ouch…so…I will reply that)

        Pathetic why? He has a solid point, you have/share none.

      • You underestimate their greed, the game isn’t anywhere even CLOSE to finished or acceptable and they’re already gearing up to rush out a $40 cashgrab that everyone will probably fall for.

        Worst company in America.

      • They probably started work on the expansion before the game even launched. What do you think the D3 devs are doing when the final version of the game is ready? Maybe they take some vacation, but after that it’s back to work. There’s no way they took the whole D3 team and put them to work on patches. Considering they probably want the expansion out before 4Q 2014, it’s probably well on its way.

    2. I remember this well, it is no leak.. There are a picture of a Demon Hunter running around on pictures pre-launch of Diablo 3 with the same quest. What bluepost says is true. Source? I believe it is in the “What is Diablo 3?” or any other similar video by Blizzard…

    3. Restoration of Hope: Survive an endless onslaught of Act III farming. Do you have what it takes to become a sadomasochist and prevent the auction houses of the heavens from collapsing into the abyss?

    4. All I know is the present game sucks. Whatever they do has to be better. Bottom line is money and us suckers.

    5. all i can say that i was a huge , huge fan on d2 i played it ever since it came out , even now i have so much fun creating a char and complete nightmare.
      i played d3 for a month and i fed up with the game. There is absolutely nothing that will make you come back,and play it again.

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