BlizzCon didn’t forget about Diablo III: Patch 2.4 is on the way ‘very, very, very soon’

    
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Diablo III barely got a nod during BlizzCon’s 2015 opening ceremonies, but its panel this evening proved Blizzard has plenty in store for the game.

Game Director Josh Mosqueira headlined the Blood and Treasure panel, emphasizing the Diablo franchise’s patches over its expansions: Yes, patch 2.4 is on the way for Diablo III “very, very, very soon.” Here are the highlights!

  • Patch 2.4 includes two new areas — the snowy Eternal Woods and the expanded Royal Quarters in Leoric’s Manor — as well as one new zone, Greyhollow Island. There will also be seven new events, 16 new monsters, and 175 new bounties split between acts 3, 4, and 5, including a new type called Bounty Grounds.
  • Buff indicators and damage numbers are due for some optimization and streamlining so they don’t suck up so much UI space.
  • Blizzard is aiming to shrink the experience gap between soloing and grouping in several ways: reducing monster health based on group size; reducing the XP bonus from items; increasing monster XP by 50%; and porting killstreaks from the console edition.

  • Empowered Rifts are amped-up Greater Rifts that are intended to be a heavy gold sink for those who have too much and not affect folks who don’t have much at all. The highest-end Greater Rift will cost 540,000,000 gold just to get in the door.
  • And Kanai’s Cube will get a new recipe that allows you to permanently augment an ancient item by sacrificing a legendary gem.
  • Expect a “no-set set” of gear and 24 set dungeons with special gear-set objectives.
  • Blizzard will kick off Season 5 with a Rebirth system, which allows you to start your character over from level 1 without losing your hours played, gear, and records.
  • Season 4 is intended to end in late December, with a break after that before Season 5 begins. Season 5 itself will run for three months and include five conquests in hardcore and softcore mode, rotating over the seasons just as the season journey objectives will.
  • New Season rewards will focus on portait frames, pets, pennants, and wings. But Seasonal legendaries are being cut. (There were gasps and boos after that announcement! I felt bad, but Wyatt jumped in was a good distraction there.) Instead, players will be guaranteed a different six-piece set.
  • More bank tabs! You can buy more and you’ll get them as rewards for season journeys, up to 10 tabs — doubling the current stash. Console players will get a boost in slots instead.

The patch will land on the PTR next week “if everything goes well.”

We snapped a few shots of the panel below, and the team has a dev blog up on everything now.

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Blizzard will kick off Season 5 with a Rebirth system, which allows you to start your <a href=”http://www.mmocake.com”>wow</a> character over from level 1 without losing your hours played, gear, and records.

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The best announcement out of all this is “buy bank tabs.” D3 really needs to start bringing in more consistent revenue if it’s ever going to get what I consider proper support… an expansion really.
Blizzard is going down the same road with D3 that Anet did with GW2. Lots of tiny little content updates released with little fanfare that are ultimately unsatisfying for the players. GW2 needed the hype that comes with an expansion, and so does D3 to get back in the people’s consciousness. Hopefully the bank tabs are a start towards funding that.

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RodneySpearsII I keep things fresh by doing a new class each season.  Pre Season was Crusader.  S1 Wizard, S2 Barb, S3 Hunter, S4 Monk.  That leaves Witch Doctor next on the list so kinda fun that way cause always something new to look forward to.  Since then there’s been a few iterations of classes and specs so things like Crusader and Wizard will be fresh with their new sets for me.

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RodneySpearsII

Meh, tired of playing the current classes. I’ll go back when they give us a new class.

ashfyn
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Koshelkin BalsBigBrother 
This is of course the reason D3 got no floor space:  “no microtransactions”
There is no revenue stream for D3.  And there is no expansion to tout.

It continues to labor to correct a very, very bad initial design.  It is making progress, some of it good, some of it not so good.  It continues to be patched and improved.

But D3 is really is suffering from a split design.  Is it a single player hack n slash or is it a co-op gear grind?  Is it a casual non-seasonal game or is it a hard-core Seasonal competition?  

The developers don’t seem to know.  Case in point, they remove Season gear only to turn around and gate additional stash space behind completion of the Season Journey.  With the right hand they respond to complaints from non season players only to smack them in the face with the other.  Head spinning, to say the least.

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John Wise Except it’s not PoE gameplay. There is nothing like a CoC build in Diablo 3, for instance.

bryanjturner
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At least they’re still adding content, it’s a damn shame they spent that money making Over Watch.

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BalsBigBrother Zulika_Mi_Nam The last 2 seasons are the only times I have ever played and I made seasonal toons each time.  I came in late and, as usual, I am probably not the norm.

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bryanjturner vicariousfan Yeah, they basically laid out their new plan to make seasons three months with a few days/weeks between them, so that amounts to a plan for 4 seasons a year. Not much room in that plan for expansions.

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Koshelkin Oleg Chebeneev Yup, that’s the big reward. I thought this was a pretty good moneysink.