Diablo 3 Gamescom booth tease: Hint of Expansion?

Earlier today Lylirra posted an interesting image on twitter from the soon to be DiabloWikiGamescom 2013 booth for Diablo 3. At first glance you see the console message and maybe you shift to something else. However I think it might be alluding to what we may be seeing quite soon.


The first thing I saw when I looked at this was the sickles. Who do we know is a fan of sickles? DiabloWikiMalthael of course! Does it seem odd that they would be so prominently displayed for a game he wasn’t even in? It would seem weird to promote the console version with weapons of a character who wasn’t seen. Mathael has been talked about at length as a possible villain for the expansions (one discussed in our most recent podcast) and if he isn’t the big bad he’s definitely in it.  Take a look at the rest of the weapons; the sword looks much like what Tyrael used in D3 and the weapon on the far right like a spear, maybe perhaps the spear of DiabloWikiImperius?  Weapons of the angels we may have to take down in the expansion?

You can also see on the doorway the image of Imperius striking down a demon. Again while Imperious was a story point in D3 I would argue he wasn’t as large of a player as we thought he would be. However, here he is at a major game convention taking center stage. Which then begs the question what is shown on the wall we don’t see? What do you think of the booth? Speculation for speculation sake or true hints at the d3 xpac?


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  1. hmm, also an axe in the bottom right and poleaxe right below the sickles. The fact that the sickles are up on a podium giving prominence to them suggests what we’ve all been speculating. It’s hard to say what all of the weapons in the rubble means.

  2. All Blizzard bashing aside, they sure know how to put out teasers intended to be dissected by the knowledgeable fans. Love it. It’s like good foreplay: the end result is that much more gratifying.

    Re: the spear. Didn’t Imperius wield a spear in the Diablo fight cinematic?

  3. We’ve already wiped out the 7 Evils, let’s start clearing the Angels. Then what? Titans? Naruu? Burning Legion? Zerg? Xelnaga?

    • Evil is just reborn in a new form, so it could be anything. Eventually, Diablo himself will be reborn, I guess. Diablo 4, Diablo Online, Blizzard can spin this however they want in the future, I think.

  4. That’s Imperius, not Inarius.

  5. the expansion is called reaper of souls – The reaper uses a sickle as a weapon.

  6. And it’s actually Malthael the archangel whose concept art had sickles. I believe that’s what Xanth meant.

  7. I think the angel with the spear should be Imperius not Inarius.

  8. Wild speculation time!

    This is all about PvP! You get to select from pre-built Angels or Demon characters, that all come with custom gear. Fight as Imperius with his spear! Fight as Malthael with his sickles! Fight as the Butcher with his chains!

    Reap their souls in the arena!

  9. yeah, Xanth mixed inarius and imperius up i think

  10. Good find guys, Not sure why my brain had me type Inarius twice while thinking Imperious,It may have been farto early in the morning when I wrote this, either way fixed now!


    On a side note, the chinese teaser image has been updated. Now we can see Auriel, Itherael and Imperius with the Black Soulstone. It looks like they’re defending it from someone or something. Interesting.

    Here’s a link: http://img3.cache.netease.com/game/blizzard/d3/images/d3-1-8-bg.jpg

  12. I was gonna say the axe was Skorn, but the top lacks the pointed parts. Mathael etc. Sounds cool.

  13. I’m not really sure if a wooden stump with some rubble scattered around it fits my notion of ‘prominently displayed’, but … semantics. ‘Reaper of Souls’ as an expansion title and Malthael being devised as a mysterious, sickle-wielding AWOL-character makes it easy to guess the game’s next major antagonist, of course.

    Factor in the returned Black Soulstone and the palaver about Leah’s soul being “lost foverer” and it should be easy enough to make out a plot shallow enough to crown Blizzard’s next story masterpiece.

    • I don’t think that the D3 story was bad.

      It’s the execution that fell flat.

      • Up to Book of Cain the story was awesome.

        It’s the whole subsequent: Human Tyrael, Butterflied Cain death, Leah, Boobed Diablo, Black Soulstone (wtf?), Dragon Ball-like fusion of demons that ruined it.

        The expansion is shaping up to be another disaster.

  14. http://diablo.incgamers.com/blog/comments/reaper-of-souls-diablo-3-expansion-revealed

    There is your expansion. OooOoooOo. Big fucking surprise. Its not like we have had a prophesy that basically says everything that would happen. Oh wait… we do. Good writing there Metzen. The original angel of wisdom is now the angel of death and Imperius is now wrath. Yadda yadda blah blah blah bullshit. Written by a 5 year old child.

  15. Hi folks,

    the gamescom Diablo 3 expansion cinematic trailer (short D3XP) has just got a rating for a 12+ years old audience in Germany. Here’s the pic:


    and here’s the direct link to the German rating board’s (USK) website:


    So, it’s now 100% clear what will be shown at gamescom tomorrow (beginning at 11:00 CET in the morning). ^^

  16. I think it is time Flux posts the usual “beta now!” image…

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