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Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls pre-download 'targeting' January outing

First major expansion set for March 25 release

Blizzard is working to unlock Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls pre-downloads later this month to those who have pre-ordered the expansion.

Reaper of Souls is the first major expansion for Blizzard's dungeon crawler, due for release on March 25.

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Pre-orders for the game - which grant the buyer the right to pre-download the expansion - are available now, but the actual pre-download files are not - yet.

"The exact date that the pre-download will start is still TBD, but we're targeting this month if all goes well," said a Blizzard rep in a statement.

"This download will begin automatically (meaning, you shouldn't need to do anything special)," they added, referring to those who have placed a pre-order.

The rep goes on to explain that the upcoming patch 2.0.1 will contain the expansion files anyway, which will be available even to those who don't pre-order.

"Similar to what we've done with other games, the pre-expansion patch (2.0.1) will contain all of the expansion data that's on the normal disc. So, for players who don't pre-download, they'll basically get everything that's available whenever they patch up to 2.0.1," they explained.

"Caveat: Expansion-only content like the Crusader, Act V, and Adventure Mode won't be playable until March 25th and only players who purchase Reaper of Souls will have access to them."

Reaper of Souls adds a new class called the Crusader and another act to the game's campaign in which players battle against Death itself. A patch to remove Diablo 3's derided auction house and rework its loot system will release independently of the expansion in March.

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