PAX East 2017 Diablo III Rise of the Necromancer Hands-On Preview

PAX East 2017 Diablo III eventBoston, MA — Several fansites and gaming outlets were invited by Blizzard Entertainment to a press event about the Necromancer. The event took place at PAX East 2017 on Saturday, March 11 with senior game designer Matthew Berger and lead game producer Rob Foote.

 

Blizzard Entertainment gave us a shot at playing as a female Necromancer. While playing at the demo station, I was able to play in a Greater Rift environment. However, the inventory, and skills tab were disabled as the main focus was to give us a taste of how playing as a Necromancer feels like. I was literally obliterating everything in my path with little effort.

Once I completed the Greater Rift, a portal was opened to face the Rift Lord. The portal led me into a large hallway within the walls of the Temple of the Firstborn (located beneath the Shrouded Moors). For those who follow the lore, this is where Angel Inarius first set foot in Sanctuary, and where the original Nephalem were born at.

Inspired by the Diablo II hero, the Necromancer is a commander of the dead, and draws upon the power of blood and bone to eradicate those who threaten the balance. The Necromancer’s main source is Essence, which you gather by slashing at enemies with your one-handed Grim Scythe weapon by pressing the mouse left-button. The Necromancer’s weapon animation is ridiculously awesome slashing half-the-screen with a 20-yard-long green-hued ghostly scythe.

The Necromancer holds the scythe in the right hand, while on the left hand, hovering above, is the phylactery where the Essence is collected and stored by the Necromancer. However, you can also wield a two-handed scythe. Don’t panic.