Another Gamescom interview with Josh Mosqueira and Kevin Martens has been posted, along with a partial transcript on BlizzPlanet. The recording is audio only, but you can listen below.
The interview covers a number of topics we’ve heard in other interviews, including the darker tone and theme of Act 5, the Crusader‘s lore, going deeper into the story of the current Followers (No one has yet asked if they’ll have more gear slots in D3X, which I assumed was almost a default, but appears not to be happening), and more. One new tidbit confirms that we’ll have another interaction with a Necromancer NPC, and there’s also some good stuff about randomized levels and the non-Westmarch settings we’ll see in Act 5:
The other area you will be exploring is the Pandemonium Fortress. It’s sort of the heart of creation, and that’s going to be a really great counterpoint to the more gothic feeling of Westmarch. The players will really love the journey from Westmarch to the Bloodmarch to the Pandemonium. It’s a place where the angels and demons have fought over forever.
In other interviews the devs have stressed that the Pandemonium Fortress will be nothing like the tiny little Act 4 town we saw in Diablo 2. In the world lore it’s huge, the size of a city, and it has changed ownership dozens of times over the ages, as the Demons and Angels warred over the territory and occasionally one side drove the other out and worked to strengthen the fortifications. It’s also where Malthael spent the last mysterious decades, brooding and polishing his armor while plotting his grand return, and it seems a safe bet for the location of the final battle of Act 5, when you take him on in his own lair.
Update: As some of you guys pointed out in the comments, the partial transcript is misleading on some points, especially about the Leah story thing and the “returning” Necromancer. Naturally, some excitable B.net forum types took the hype literally and tried to believe this interview left the door open to the Necromancer returning in RoS as a playable class. Quick corrects were issued by Blizzard CMs.
Grimiku: Vaeflare confirmed it earlier, but there is no harm in saying again. You’ll get a chance to meet a familiar necromancer NPC, but the only additional playable class in Reaper of Souls is the Crusader. We’ll have more information to share about the Crusader in the coming months, but this armored, battle-worn, veteran will be a mighty addition to hero roster of Diablo III.