Diablo III’s latest patch is one of its biggest ever

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Diablo III prepping for Patch 2.4.0

With Diablo III, Blizzard has been riding a second wind. It’s a game that has changed in incredible ways since original launch, and one that Blizzard have managed to keep interesting for invested, long-time players rather successfully. There are still some niggling issues with the endgame though, and that’s what this latest, massive patch is directly addressing.

Before getting down to it, Patch 2.4.0 is going to introduce one brand new area, and expand on two more existing ones. GreyHollow Island will be a new zone for players to explore, holding all sorts of dangers to doom you to your end. It’s available exclusively in Adventure Mode however. Adventure Mode will also expand thanks to additions to The Royal Quarters and The Eternal Woods, which are both getting a little bigger thanks to the patch.

The real meat of the content is reserved for dedicated, late-game players though. This starts with a reworking of class sets, with Blizzard revisiting all 24 of them. Some are seeing only minor changes, while others will receive complete overhauls to tie into some of the other new features that patch is introducing. Thorns of the Invoker and Shadow’s Mantle are two items that Blizzard have confirmed as being built from scratch again.

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These class sets will come in handy for new Set Dungeons, which will only open up once you’ve completed a particular class set. These dungeons are set and not random at all, letting you plan out your strategy in advance. That helps too – as Blizzard teases that they’re going to be tough challenges for cosmetic rewards. The rewards scale with mastery though, and there’s something special waiting for players who finish all 24 of them.

Also new to the endgame are Empowered Rifts, which finally give Diablo III millionaires a place to spend all their gold. You can now Empower a Greater Rift with gold, increasing the chances of Legendary Gem drops up to four. Each Greater Rift has a different Empowerment cost to it, but it’s a neat way to keep lucrative players actually progressing.

There’re other smaller changes too like new Legendary Items and revised UI elements, all of which can be seen in the Patch overview right here. Patch 2.4.0 is expected to arrive on the public test realm, and hopefully soon after for everyone else. Again, Blizzard is catering to the truly faithful here, and it’s a strategy many other games of this kind should learn from.

Last Updated: November 12, 2015

Alessandro Barbosa

You can all call me Sandy until I figure out how to edit this thing, which is probably never. Sandy not good enough? Call me xXx_J0k3R_360degreeN0Sc0pe_xXx. Also, Geoff’s a bastard.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Grinding, grinding never changes.

    • Probably why I love Diablo 3 😛 but damn my backlog of games is getting big and I still have so many frames and weapons to grind.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        lol me too. Oh hey there W3 expansion… er… how you doing?

        • And then they go and stick 2 frames behind archwing missions…

          http://i.imgur.com/2Wo3Zab.gif

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Yeah, it’s going to suck to farm for those. Oh wait… I already have! *run*

          • Yea well I have a Volt P chassis

            *runs faster!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

          • Pffhahaha

          • VampyreSquirrel

            *downvote*

          • Awww 🙁

            Thought I would do one void last night, checked recruiting. T3 pops up, 20 min in boom MF volt chassis. I was so shocked I could not find the extraction point, had to wait out the timer.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            HAH. HAH. shocked. FUNNY GUY! 😉

          • Pun totally intended 😛

          • VampyreSquirrel

            Wow… maybe it’s just Trevor then… or it’s me? I dunno but… FFFFFFFFFFrikken hell!

          • The jinx has been lifted ! xD

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Finally! Vamps and I are tired of your bad luck bringing us down! 😀

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Me and Vamps had quite the event last night
            O_O

          • *Vamps and I

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Sakiemakie, it was horrrrrrrrible, and fun

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            What happened?

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Lol we both had weak frames in need of levelling, and we took turn reviving the snot out of each other

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Did a syndicate interception last night & 3 of us were using Ember P. Fire & EXPLOSIONS everywhere. It was beautiful.

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Nice, I need to choose a Syndicate still

          • The numbers Mason!

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Seeing as though YOU SHAT ON MY DREAMS OF EXCALI P yesterday, I’m having second choices about a Prime frame. I LOVE MY EXCALI

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Goddamn Excal. SCHWINGSCHWINGSCHWINGSCHWINGSCHWINGSCHWINGSCHWINGSCHWINGSCHWING So damn annoying.

          • SCHWINGSCHWINGSCHWINGSCHWINGSCHWINGSCHWINGSCHWINGSCHWINGSSCHWINGSCHWINGSCHWINGSCHWINGSCHWINGSCHWINGSCHWINGSCHWINGSSCHWINGSCHWINGSCHWINGSCHWINGSCHWINGSCHWINGSCHWINGSCHWINGS.

            *moves further away

            chwingschwingschwingschwingschwingschwingschwingschwingschwingschwingschwingschwingschwingschwingschwingschwingschwingschwingschwingschwingschwingschwingschwingschwingschwingschwingschwingschwingschwingschwingschwingschwingschwingschwings

          • Get the basic frames that you think you would like, and if you do, go after the prime 😛

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Was thinking Oberon (only need one more part) and Volt.

            I see that if you buy a frame, it comes WITH a slot AND a reactor? So good buy?

          • The plat lost in the end is 35 for volt after calculating in the slot and reactor. So up to you 🙂

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Hmmm, can I use the Volt to build a Volt Prime?

          • Nope 🙂

            You gotta farm the 4 pieces in the void.

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            I have a few already, so, off to the farm I go

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Only if you’re impatient. There’s always a 24 hour alert for a reactor or catalyst after the fortnightly dev streams, you can also get them (rarely) as rewards for invasions, regular alerts or events.

          • VampyreSquirrel

            Let me know what part you need… I may not have sold it yet.

          • VampyreSquirrel

            Hey! You chose the level!

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Hehehe, it was fun though. We were totally ill-equipped for that, but we pulled through

          • VampyreSquirrel

            Having a low level Dread with hardly any mods REALLY didn’t help me.

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Yeah and my weapons were like lvl 7 when we started

          • How many forma you at now on the Dread?

          • VampyreSquirrel

            1st one still… haven’t had that much time to play over the last 2 (or so) days.

          • tomorrow is jam night!

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Are you guys in a clan?

          • We are, but not in the same clan. Clans are just there to access weapons and frames that are clan specific and to trade.

          • VampyreSquirrel

            Otto and I are in the same clan… Trevor is just weird.

          • Wait, you guys where online? O.o

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Jip, I watched the new Flash with my wife, we had activities, and then I logged on about 21h30

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Damn man, last night’s Flash. Was kinda crappy from start to middle, but that last third. WTFFFFFFFFFFF!

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            IKR??? THAT ENDING!!!!!!! WUUUT?????????????
            Flash S2 had a slow start (lolwut) but is catching speed now (haha punny)

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Zoom is a worthy adversary

          • Ahhh ok, I went to go play Master Chef just past 9 😛

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            I saw you were offline then. You need to eat earlier. Then we can farmville

          • I never eat early, otherwise I start getting the munchies when I wanna sleep xD

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            My wife has dinner ready when I get home between 17h00 and 17h30, we then chow, have some family activity, wife and daughter takes a bath, we watch some series, daughter goes to bed, me and the mrs have some time together, then I’ll game.

            You need to sync with me, I’ve got too much going on early evening

            Chow early, game, and chow again. It works for me

            😛

          • Before weekends on a Wednesday and Thursday I cook a lot of different “kookkos” so that I can live off leftovers for gaming and then braai Sunday evening on the stoep 😛

          • I am the brick that holds this teams RNG down xD

          • VampyreSquirrel

            brick? more like boulder.

          • Huehuehue

    • VampyreSquirrel

      I actually enjoy the grind on Diablo 3 O.o

      • Me too 😛

        One day I shall return, but today is not that day.

      • Lord Chaos

        Same here.
        Somehow found myself on Paragon 825 this season.

        But I (finally) got Fallout 4 up and running last night, so I doubt Diablo is gonna see much of me.

        I am on leave until next month though, so you never know.

  • CypherGate

    What is the total size of the patch?

  • Lardus-For the Emperor!

    What I need is for that darn Immortal King’s Boulder Breaker to be useful at high Torment levels! I want to rock the complete set but noooooooo, can’t get a good ancient version of the darn weapon 🙁

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