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Diablo 3 discounted by 45% until the release of Reaper of Souls

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The prophets had warned us. They'd seen visions of planets aligning, of oceans running red with blood, of cats acting slightly crankier than usual. We ignored their cries, dismissing them as the deranged ramblings of fringe lunatics. And yet, it has come to pass: Blizzard have put a game on sale. It's a rare event for the developer, who tend to limit their discounts to the Black Friday Thanksgiving sales. But, with the impending release of Diablo 3's first expansion, the base game is getting a temporary reduction.

Until March 24th - the day before Reaper of Souls' release - Diablo 3 will be available at a 45% discount, for £16.99 / $19.99. It should lighten the financial strain if you don't own the game and, for some reason, want to dive straight into the pricey expansion. Reaper of Souls will launch for £32.99 / $39.99.

Luckily, it sounds as if you'll have plenty of fun with the base game alone. The recent 2.0.1 patch has completely changed the game - removing the restrictions imposed by the auction house, and ensuring more tailored loot for your character's class. You can read Tom's impression of this new Diablo , or head here for Kat's preview of the upcoming expansion.

Phil has been writing for PC Gamer for nearly a decade, starting out as a freelance writer covering everything from free games to MMOs. He eventually joined full-time as a news writer, before moving to the magazine to review immersive sims, RPGs and Hitman games. Now he leads PC Gamer's UK team, but still sometimes finds the time to write about his ongoing obsessions with Destiny 2, GTA Online and Apex Legends. When he's not levelling up battle passes, he's checking out the latest tactics game or dipping back into Guild Wars 2. He's largely responsible for the whole Tub Geralt thing, but still isn't sorry.