Diablo III previews the changes and improvements for patch 2.4.0 and Season 5

    
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Dress-up parties.

The season is nearly upon us, by which we of course mean the next season of Diablo III. The holiday season is already upon us, you should have finished buying gifts by now. Season 5 of Diablo III is arriving on January 15th, 2016, and a new preview covers the additions to the game with the patch and how seasonal gameplay will be changing, starting with the complete removal of seasonal legendaries. Players will be able to receive special gifts along the path of the seasonal journey, but all players will have access to the new legendaries in 2.4.0 regardless of seasonal progress.

New conquests and season-exclusive cosmetics will be added in season 5, along with the option to reboot your existing characters into seasonal ones via the Season Rebirth option. For those curious about how much time you’ll have to work on your season goals, the preview notes that seasons from here on out should last roughly three months. New tools to ensure that you’re ready to go from the start, new content, and a new way of earning rewards should all make this a fun season to anticipate at the start of the new year.

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Rheem Octuris
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Rheem Octuris

ashfyn Rheem Octuris  None of those things are required for you to beat the season journey. I think at most GR 10.

ashfyn
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Rheem Octuris ashfyn  Oh, what the heck.  Sure, why not.  It’ll be a breeze.  GR 60 solo, 3 gems to level 55, and a boss kill in under 30 seconds on T10.  Easy in a week.  What could I have been thinking?

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

Guess this gives me motivation to maybe complete the season’s more hardcore objectives before the end… or maybe not.

arktourosx
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arktourosx

Wooo!  New season.  Witch Doctor is up on the list then I get to start over next Season :)

vicariousfan
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vicariousfan

Can’t wait for the next season and the new content.  This season was the first one i completed and i had a lot of fun doing it.

DugFromTheEarth
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DugFromTheEarth

orionite Shows how far we have come (or not).

Diablo 2 had ladder seasons. Only, they never added new content outside of the Bael expansion. So every season was the same as the last. At least with D3, each season continues to add content, improve upon gameplay mechanics, and add new chalenges.

For a non-mmorpg, D3 seems to be keeping up with the rest when it comes to not being just a static ARPG.

Rheem Octuris
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ashfyn  I think all you have to do to get the extra stash tab is simply get to 70 which at most takes days if your casual but have leveled a character before, and do a few minor things like a Tier 10 Greater Rift, and kill a story boss at Torment 1 or something. All of its easily doable in a week, after which you can just go back to playing your main if you so wish.

ashfyn
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ashfyn

How quaint.  They cleverly left out any mention of stash tabs as a season journey reward.  Considering this was one of the few things they huzzahed at BlizzCon, it’s not being mentioned in the official season announcement is very interesting.  Perhaps they’ve considered that pissing off their player base by gating the most-asked-for QoL improvement behind a high level of accomplishment is not good for the game in the long term.  It certainly created a lot of turmoil and hard feelings towards Seasons.
This is one of those missteps that gain developers nothing while they lose a lot of players’ goodwill.  Whatever the technical issues behind attempting to limit stash space for PC users, while giving it away to China and console players, Blizzard would have been better served if they had simply been upfront about it.

orionite
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orionite

Compared to last season, this one doesn’t seem to be very exciting, feature-wise.

McGuffn
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McGuffn

Wish I had more time to play this. I wasn’t looking forward to the witch doctor, which was my class this go around and it was easily the most fun I’ve had in a diablo game.

New season also means that I have to clear out my inventory so that there’s room to lump the seasonal stuff on top too. Usually I just forget about it and it gets deleted after 30 days.