There might be a lesson to be learned in waiting for a game to enjoy some shelf-life before buying it. Hell, even Blizzard isn’t immune to releasing a game that has several bugs lurking inside of it, as day one adopters of Diablo 3 can tell you. Still, the game is much, much better now than the original Error 37-infused mess that launched in 2012. And tomorrow’s latest patch will add more content to that action-RPG.
Patch 2.1 brings with a ton of new tweaks, balances and new modes. One such new addition, are Greater Rifts. These areas can be accessed by slaughtering your way through enemies and filling up a bar as you race against time, with the end result being access to the realm of those light-footed treasure goblins, and grab even more loot. Neat. The bigger the enemy you slay, the quicker the bar fills up, with each Rift conquered opening up access to even more difficult dungeons.
There’ll also be seasons to experience in the game, with achievements that are unique to each of them. That means exclusive rewards and even more unique legendary items. There’ll also be a Leaderboard that tracks the progress of you and your friends, in case you feel like bragging. Conquests take that concept even further, with challenges ranging from crazy to mental, and operate on a first come first serve basis.
Lastly, there will also be a brand new area to explore. This one is known as The Cesspool, with Blizzard describing it as a “festering, dank underworld” in Nephalem and Greater Rifts. Kind of like my laundry basket then. Patch 2.1 drops tomorrow for everyone, and if you’re itching for more minute details, here’s a full list of what you can expect.
Last Updated: August 26, 2014