Blizzard has unveiled Diablo 3's Season 16, which launches today on PC, and tomorrow on Xbox One, PS4, and Switch, bringing with it new buffs, new cosmetics, and more.
On the buff front, Blizzard says all players will benefit from The Ring of Royal Grandeur for the duration of Season 16. Notably, as well as offering various stat adjustments, this reduces the number of items needed to benefit from your chosen class' set bonuses by one, handily opening up a gear slot. "For the uninitiated," explains Blizzard, "this means many classes may be able to combine different Class Set bonuses in new ways - or squeeze yet another Legendary power into their favorite builds."
Elsewhere, players that opt to progress through Diablo 3's latest Season Journey will be able to obtain a selection of new cosmetic rewards. There's the Conqueror Set, consisting of Helm and Shoulder pieces, a new series of portrait frames "themed around the clarion call of adventure", plus The Wings of Lempo. The latter is described as being "a cosmically rare drop".
UPDATE: "We can say that we didn't pull any announcements."
UPDATE 6/11/18: Blizzard has dismissed the claim it intended to announce Diablo 4 at BlizzCon 2018 last weekend - an event which ended up being overshadowed by Diablo's sole appearance as a much-maligned mobile spin-off.
For nearly a year Blizzard has been threatening to change the name of its proprietary online multiplayer service Battle.net to the more on-brand Blizzard.net. That is the name of the company, after all, which would theoretically make things less confusing. However, after a scant few months under the new monicker Blizzard rethought this approach because the Battle.net name has been around for over 20 years (since the studio launched Diablo in 1996). Changing it now has led to bewilderment.
Plus a new, complete Eternal Collection for consoles.
Blizzard has announced that the Rise of the Necromancer pack for Diablo 3, which adds the much-loved Necromancer character class from Diablo 2 to the younger game, will be released next week on 27th June.
Diablo 3's long-awaited 20th anniversary patch goes live this week - and it's already got players talking.
For the month of January, a recreation of Diablo 1 can be played inside of Diablo 3. The Darkening of Tristram Event arrives with the release of Patch 2.4.3. Blizzard put out a video, below, to explain how to access the dungeon (it's through a portal in the town of Old Tristram) and what to expect from it. Through the portal you find a huge dungeon that's essentially all of Diablo 1 recreated with Diablo 3 assets. That's all 16 levels of the first game remade.
This retro dungeon comes complete with pixelated visuals, old-school animations and sound effects. The camera has moved. Everyone's locked to eight degrees of rotation. Your character walks everywhere. The sound is a little tinier and the sounds repeat more often - a classic mechanic of 90s PC games.
Could Diablo 3 be about to get a Necromancer playable class? That's the suggestion in the newest piece of leaked Blizzard concept art - which was found on the same Blizzard Gear servers as the secret Overwatch Sombra art earlier.
"I won't lie - it's going to be really hard stepping away."
Chris Metzen is retiring. He's leaving Blizzard Entertainment after more than 20 years' service. He, the overseer of story at arguably the world's most successful game maker. He, the earring-wearing cool guy on the BlizzCon stage. He, the voice of Thrall. Retiring. And he's only 42.
"Impale deals an additional 40,000% weapon damage to..."
I love that Blizzard still releases great fat patches for Diablo 3. With every one, the game gets crazier. And the freshly-detailed patch 2.4 - heading to the public testing server soon - is no exception. It's massive.
There's a whole new zone in 2.4 for Adventure mode only, which means it's not being shoehorned into the story. It's called Greyhallow Island and it's dark and mysterious and foresty, and wants to eat you; "the land itself is said to be hungry for blood", the game's website warned. Other areas have been expanded, again only in Adventure mode. You'll be able to go beyond the rubble in Leoric's Manor, and beyond the gates in the Ruins of Sescheron, into the Eternal Woods.
All - repeat, all - of the game's 24 sets of class armour (the ones with green writing) are being either revamped, revisited or revised. Thorns of the Invoker and the Shadow's Mantle are getting total overhauls. The six-piece Shadow's Mantle bonus is now, "Impale deals an additional 40,000 per cent weapon damage to the first enemy hit." That's enough to break a calculator!
Blizzard has released a big update for Diablo 3 that adds some cool new features to the game.
The headline addition for patch 2.3, which is available for the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game, is Kanai's Cube, a nod to Diablo 2's Horadric Cube. This lets you customise your character to an even greater degree. You'll find it in a new zone, called the Ruins of Sescheron. This is the Barbarian capital that fell to Baal in Diablo 2 expansion The Lord of Destruction.
Elsewhere, the patch sets up Season 4, which begins on 28th August. This adds Season Journeys, a new progression and reward system, as well as new difficulty levels. And there are important changes to the Adventure Mode, too, and Greater Rift Trials.
Blizzard has previewed a major new patch - 2.3.0 - for Diablo 3. This is "right around the corner" from the Public Test Realm apparently.
Broadly the patch continues the trend of allowing you to become even more powerful. Check out this new artifact, Kanai's Cube: it will allow you to break down Legendary items and equip their special effects as passive skills - separate to your other passive skills! It will also let you convert crafting materials from one type to another "and so much more".
You'll get that Cube, it sounds like, from the new zone arriving in the patch - Ruins of Sescheron. It's barbarian land, and the Kanai Cube is the Tomb of King Kanai's greatest treasure.
The number of people who subscribe to massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft fell to 7.1 million, Blizzard said - but the success of Hearthstone and Diablo is helping make up for it.
There's a really meaty new Diablo 3 patch out on PC and consoles (PS4 and Xbox One).
The main focus is adding new Legendary items as well as redesigning old ones. That includes class sets - and there are three new class sets (for wizard, barbarian, demon hunter) to collect.
Many items will have new Legendary powers, many others their powers drastically increased. One Monk set - Inna's Mantra - now has a six-pieces set bonus where your Mystic Ally clone now copies your special attacks whenever you perform them, effectively doubling them.
Diablo 3 patch 2.2, coming soon to the Public Test Realm, will add new Legendary level 70 armour sets as well as redesign existing ones.
The new sets are Unhallowed Essence, Wrath of the Wastes, and Delsere's Magnum Opus, which appears to be missing a chest piece. In order they appear to be for the Demon Hunter, Barbarian and then Wizard character classes.
The Battle.net blurb previewing the patch mentioned you will "literally" take the Wrath of the Wastes armour for a spin. That makes me think it has bonuses to the Barbarian's Whirlwind ability.
Blizzard outlines its plans to improve Diablo 3's end-game.
Blizzard has announced a host of changes that will be made to Diablo 3 in the game's next major patch. The updates were revealed during the game's dedicated panel at the publisher's BlizzCon gathering in California.
Patch 2.1.2 addresses a number of issues identified since the launch of Patch 2.1 earlier this year, from a rebalancing of the Greater Rift system, to the addition of new creatures, weapons and armour.
Success in Greater Rifts is measured by the speed of completion, yet certain random elements can have a radical, random effect on your chances of success or failure. Conduit Pylons, which cause a character to temporarily fire devastating electrical damage around the scenery, often determine victory outright.
UPDATE: Blizzard confirms a single-language install only occupies 16GB.
UPDATE 2 13/08/2014 4.24pm: Blizzard has confirmed the inaccuracy of the Sony listing to Eurogamer and provided us with file sizes for the European PlayStation Store version of Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition on PS4. An installation of the game with audio in a single language will only occupy around 16GB of space.
Blizzard confident there'll be no repeat of Error 37.
Diablo 3's first expansion, Reaper of Souls, launches at midnight tonight - in fact, if you're in the UK, a bit earlier at 11pm GMT - and the mood among players is upbeat. A month ago, Blizzard released the 2.0.1 patch which introduced many of the base changes of the expansion; it's been well received, while last week the decidedly less popular auction house for trading items was turned off.
But some are still wary that, come tomorrow, they may not be able to play the game at all. Diablo 3 is an always online game and its launch in May 2012 was marked by stellar sales and disastrous service, as the famous Error 37 denied many players access. Is there a chance that the influx of players brought by the expansion will cause history to repeat?
"I think it'll be fine," lead producer Alex Mayberry told me in a London hotel today, sounding confident. The reason for his confidence? That patch, which means that players have effectively been playing the expansion, and Blizzard testing its performance, for four weeks now.
The long-awaited Diablo 3 patch 2.0.1 has arrived - and it's already causing players a problem.
The patch, released today ahead of the Reaper of Souls expansion, makes significant changes to the game and adds the Loot 2.0 system. While it's still being rolled out in Europe, the post-patch servers are live in the US, and there players have discovered a new bug that Blizzard will do well to address as quickly as possible.
Here's the background: the new patch introduces Bind on Account status to legendary items, which means only the person who looted it or one of the other party members present at the time of the kill can use it.
Activision reckons Destiny will be the "best-selling new video game IP in history".
Sales of action role-playing game Diablo 3 have now reached 15m, Activision Blizzard has announced.
The impressive figure, which came as part of the company's latest financial report, include sales of versions across all platforms. Activision Blizzard chief Bobby Kotick said it bodes well for the upcoming launch of expansion pack Reaper of Souls in March.
In other good news for Blizzard, World of Warcraft ended the year with 7.8m subscribers, a slight increase on the last reported figure. Blizzard boss Mike Morhaime put this down to excitement generated by BlizzCon (more than 4.5m people tuned in), Christmas and new promotions designed to get lapsed players back into the game.
Diablo 3 expansion Reaper of Souls launches for PC and Mac on 25th March 2014, Blizzard has announced.
You can pre-purchase the expansion digitally on Battle.net now.
The Digital Deluxe Edition (£49.99) includes an exclusive helm, weapon-transmogrification recipes and the Spectral Hound minion. You also get three additional character slots, an in-game Treasure Goblin companion pet for World of Warcraft, Crusader-themed Battle.net portraits and Malthael-themed decals for StarCraft 2. Phew!
When is a control scheme more than just a control scheme?
There's been a great response from players of the console version of Diablo 3 - yours truly included - to the more immediate feel of its pad control scheme. This has naturally led the game's PC fanbase to ask if controller support could be patched into their version of the game.
Adventure Mode unshackles your progress from the campaign, too.
At a panel at its BlizzCon convention in Anaheim, California, Blizzard revealed new features of Diablo 3's Reaper of Souls expansion that heavily ramp up the randomisation of the game and remove the need for players to endlessly retread the game's heavily scripted campaign acts.
Kill bounties, unlock all waypoints, and enchant weapons.
A new trailer for Diablo 3's first major expansion, Reaper of Souls, shows off a number of the upcoming add-on's new features.
First up there's an Adventure Mode where players can hunt bounties for XP and hop into Nephalem Rifts where they must kill enemies until a Nephalem Rift Guardian appears. The DLC also unlocks all waypoints for quick bounty-hunting action.
There also new game systems such as enchanting, transmogrification, an updated Paragon system, and a new Artisan called the Mystic.