Diablo III News

Cross-Brand Character Transfers in Ultimate Evil Edition

The upcoming console Diablo III on PS4 and Xbox One can import characters from PS3 and Xbox 360

Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition
The upcoming Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition release is a new version of the game, that builds on the previous standard Diablo III console game. The UEE on the next-gen PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will be able to import older Xbox 360 and PS3 character saves, whether they are from the same brand or across platforms. This will allow players who have switched console brands to still transfer characters that they played on the original console Diablo III. Blizzard also announced that the PS3 and PS4 versions of the game can now be pre-purchased digitally from the PlayStation Store, to jump into the game as soon as it is released on August 19.

Cross-Platform Character Transfers
Lylirra provided initial info on the character transfers that will be available in the Ultimate Evil Edition. This will involve a patch after the game is released, and setting up a Battle.net account to transfer the character saves. More details about the process will be provided after that console Ultimate Evil Edition patch has been released.
Just to confirm, in an upcoming console patch for PS3 and Xbox 360, we'll be enabling what we're calling "cross-brand" or "cross-generational" transfers for Ultimate Evil Edition. As the name suggests, these transfers will allow players to copy their character save data across brands and across platform generations.

We'll have more details to share once the patch is live, including how to complete a transfer with step-by-step instructions and how Battle.net account linking works. In the meantime, here's a quick list of what's supported:

  • PS3 > Xbox One
  • Xbox 360 > PS4
  • PS3 > PS4
  • Xbox 360 > Xbox One

The goal of cross-brand/cross-generational transfers is to support players who may have switched brands when next-gen systems were released for PlayStation and Xbox, but don't want to leave their progress from original Diablo III behind when upgrading to Ultimate Evil Edition.

As a follow up to that, please note that the following cross-platform transfers will not be supported:

  • Xbox 360 > PS3
  • PS3 > Xbox 360

For same-platform upgrades to Ultimate Evil Edition (PS3 > PS3 and Xbox 360 > Xbox 360), your character save data will be automatically loaded once the game is installed. No additional steps needed!

Posted by: TozziFan

Of course this does NOT mean we'll be able to use our PC characters on console.

Correct. :)

Read on for details on pre-purchase of the game on the PS3 and PS4.

More Monk and 2-Handed Weapon Buffs Coming to PTR

The next Patch 2.1 PTR build brings skill buffs & fixes, Greater Rift improvements, and more

Diablo III Monk
The next test update for Diablo III Patch 2.1 is on the way, in the form of a new Public Test Realm build. The new build will bring buffs to multiple classes, including more improvements for Monks, who are getting special attention in Patch 2.1. Wizard skills like Meteor will be hugely improved as well, along with even more increased damage for two-handed weapons, and streamlining of the new Greater Rifts rewards. Here are all the latest Blizzard Blues, with details about the upcoming patch!

Monk Class Improvements
There have been a lot of changes to the Monk class so far in Patch 2.1, and more are on the way! Monks will be back to attacking quickly, as the Attack Speed scalar of most Monk generators is being improved. That means generator skills will hit more often, especially for characters with a lot of Increased Attack Speed on their gear.
This next PTR patch is going to have a BUNCH of Monk changes headed your way. There's a lot to talk about here, so bear with me. This is gonna be a long one.

While we touched on Spirit Regeneration a little bit in the last patch, that was the tip of the iceberg. We're going over all the Monk Spirit Generators and making some significant changes.

Monks are quick strikers, and we wanted to increase the Spirit generation and damage of each Primary skill without just upping the numbers. We're addressing this by increasing the Attack Speed scalar of most Monk generators. This means that each will operate more quickly and scale better with Attack Speed. This is a change you won't see reflected in the tooltip or PTR data mining, but should experience in practice, especially if you already have a substantial amount of Attack Speed. This change addresses both concerns while further embracing that Monk fantasy of being fast and nimble.

We're also addressing some of the remaining Dodge mechanics that Monks have left in their kit. We're leaving a few options for players who really want to embrace the Dodge mechanic and focus on it, but others we're retooling to provide more consistent and reliable benefits. Mantra of Evasion is being replaced with Mantra of Salvation, and the base skill will now provide you and your allies within 60 yards a 20% bonus to All Resistance. We've moved the Dodge bonus to a new rune, Agility, and you'll find some other useful utility among the other new runes.

There are plenty of other changes coming as well, but I don't want to get too patch-notey here. Expect some quality of life and DPS boosts to spenders like Lashing Tail Kick and Wave of Light to make them more competitive and offer you additional options. The new Alabaster Gloves have been removed and replaced with a new Monk Seasonal Legendary Fist Weapon that increases the maximum stack count of Sweeping Winds by 5-7. Overall, there will be new toys to play with, and we're looking forward to seeing your feedback on these changes as we move into our next PTR patch.

Meteor Madness
The Wizard Meteor skill is getting some serious attention in the next patch. The base damage is being boosted across the board, and some of the runes are getting extra attention. A new Legendary power for the two-handed staff The Grand Vizier will make Meteor cost less Arcane Power. That is part of an ongoing effort to get two-handed weapons used more in the game.
While we don't have plans to innately reduce the Arcane Power of Meteor in the next build, we do have some significant Meteor changes coming in the next PTR patch that should make the Arcane Power you're spending feel much more valuable.

In addition to damage increases for the baseline Meteor skill, we're making some changes to a few of the elemental runes that weren't fully embodying their fantasy. The goal is to make each flavor of Meteor different and more indicative of its element while keeping each competitive in its own way. These changes should also make the Tal Rasha’s Set bonus more appealing.

Comet has been slightly modified, dealing a great deal of Cold damage on impact and freezing Chilled enemies for 1 second. You'll still enjoy its icy mist after effect that deals additional weapon damage as cold over time and chills enemies.

Star Pact has also been redesigned, and is now a little reminiscent of the Barbarian's Ancient Spear (Boulder Toss) rune. You'll be able to expend all remaining Arcane Power for a massive amount of Arcane damage, with each point of additional Arcane Power spent granting a 20% damage increase. (I'm personally looking forward to exploding things with this!)

Lastly, Lightning Bind has been replaced with a new rune, Thunder Crash. This new rune removes the delay on Meteor, to better embody the quick nature of Lightning based spells and abilities.

We're also updating The Grand Vizier with a new Legendary power oriented around Meteor, which will now reduce the Arcane Power cost of Meteor by 45-60%. This aligns with our goals of making 2-handed weapons feel more powerful and desirable, and we'd like to hear your thoughts once you get a chance to give these new options a go!
Here's what Don said regarding:
Posted by: Jaetch

If Star Pact can have some synergy with Tal Rasha's 4-piece, that would be awesome.

"When you proc it it'll give you extra damage based on how much Arcane Power you have. Won't spend any."

Source: http://twitter.com/donvu4u/status/493884383757991937

Quoting for blue, just so this gets some additional visibility. :)

More Two-Handed Weapon Buffs
All two-handed weapons are getting a damage increase in patch 2.1. An earlier PTR patch increased the damage of level 70 two-handed weapons by 23-26% damage. That will now apply to leveling weapons too, and the boost in damage is increasing to 26-30%.
We're planning on expanding the level range for the retroactive damage buff to 2-handed melee weapons, so that it will include item levels 10-70 in patch 2.1. One of the benefits of this change is that it should help lower level Crusaders feel like Heavenly Strength is still a good choice. The percent of increased damage will still be based on the weapon speed, and not based on item level. So, lower level items will receive the same base percent damage increase as their higher level counterparts.

Additionally, we're adjusting the amount of increased damage from 23-26% to 26-30%.

Greater Rifts Improvements
The new Greater Rifts feature is being polished, with some changes in the upcoming patch in how often Legendary Gems can be upgraded, and other changes to the rewards from the new activity.
There has been a ton of great feedback coming our way about Greater Rifts and your experiences with them. So let me take a moment to just say thank you! It's been super helpful to us and confirmed a lot of suspicions our development team has had regarding their current reward structure. Plenty of changes are coming in the next PTR patch that reflect these concerns.

  • Urshi will no longer only spawn when a Greater Rift is failed; instead, she will spawn at the end of every Greater Rift level. You'll be able to choose whether you wish to upgrade your gem or, assuming that you completed that Rift within the time limit, move on to the next level.

  • The Rift Guardian will spawn at the 15 minute mark regardless of whether your bar has reached full progress. This should eliminate "the slog" at higher Greater Rifts where you fail, but have the rest of the level to go before you get your rewards.

  • The pacing for upgrading your Legendary Gems is being significantly revised.
    • Legendary gem upgrades are now more likely to receive multiple ranks per upgrade attempt at higher Greater Rift tiers, to a maximum of 4 ranks at a time.
    • This is in addition to the higher chance to upgrade gained at each additional Greater Rift tier.
    • To compensate for this change, individual ranks are less powerful. The rate of power accrual will roughly be the same, you'll just experience it more frequently!

These are some pretty significant changes to the Greater Rift reward scheme and they should vastly improve your experience when completing and conquering higher Greater Rift tiers. Be sure to let us know what you think once these changes are on our PTR!

*Edited for clarity*

Read on for more Blizzard Blues on the upcoming PTR patch.

PC Diablo III Sales Boosted by $19.99 Sale

The pre-orders for the 'Ultimate Evil Edition' are also ramping up

Diablo III on PC
A sale on the price of the base PC version of Diablo III has boosted its sales, and it is once again the #1 best-selling PC game on Amazon.com. The upcoming console Ultimate Evil Edition is also being pre-ordered at a solid rate on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles. Here is a look at how the game is faring across the platforms.

  • The Diablo III on PC base game is on sale for $19.99, and that has propelled it back to the top of the sales charts. It's a great time to get a friend started playing the game, or if you want to try out multiboxing in Diablo III, as recently discussed by developer Travis Day.
  • Gamers on the PlayStation 4 are looking forward to the Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition (UEE) release on August 19. The PlayStation 4 UEE pre-order is currently ranked #7 on Amazon's list of PlayStation 4 games.
  • The pre-sales for the UEE on the Xbox One aren't quite as big; it is at #18 in the Xbox One game sales list.
  • The Ultimate Evil Edition pre-sales have been slower for the last-generation consoles. The PS3 UEE is currently at #61 on the PlayStation 3 games charts, while the Xbox 360 UEE is ranked #57 on its charts.
The release of the base Diablo III game was a solid hit on the PS3 and Xbox 360, when it came out last year. We will see if the Ultimate Evil Edition can surpass that, when it arrives in a few weeks across all four consoles.

Ultimate Evil Edition Playable at gamescom 2014

Blizzard will be featuring their games at the gaming show in Germany

Blizzard at gamescom 2014
Blizzard will have a major presence at gamescom 2014, which will be held from August 13-17 in Cologne, Germany. Attendees will be able to demo many of Blizzard's upcoming games. For Diablo III fans there will be the opportunity to play the console Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition on the PS4, a few days before the game is released! Here are all the details from Blizzard.

If you’re planning to visit the Blizzard booth at gamescom this August, you’d better be ready for an avalanche of entertainment. Throughout all four public days of the world’s biggest games convention, we’ll have all sorts of fun stuff kicking off on our massive stage, at the heart of our biggest ever booth. You’ll also be able to play four great Blizzard games, including content that’s not yet available to the public!

In the coming days we’ll be launching a new site dedicated to our presence at gamescom, including a detailed schedule. In the meantime, check out the general stage activities and entertainment, plus some more game-specific stuff below that, to whet your appetite.

A visit to gamescom would not be complete without taking in the famous Blizzard Costume Contest. Every year, creative fans of our games spend weeks (if not months!) preparing amazing outfits based on characters from our games. Just as fun – and more energetic – is the World of Warcraft Dance Contest. Signups will be open throughout the show so if you can strut your stuff like a WoW character, come and show the world on our stage. Great prizes are on offer for all contest participants!

Those aren’t the only ways to win prizes, though. Peppered throughout our packed schedule will be quizzes – just be in the audience and get ready to show your knowledge of our games. Right answers mean great loot!

If you love the music from our games, you won’t want to miss our live concerts. Our orchestra will be playing tracks from World of Warcraft, Diablo and more, with specially made arrangements. And if you’ve ever wondered how the amazing art that goes into our games gets made, we’ve got Blizzard artist Luke Mancini in live drawing sessions on stage throughout the show.

World of Warcraft
  • Play Warlords of Draenor! Currently in beta, the forthcoming expansion pits heroes against the forces of the Iron Horde in the savage land of Draenor. Check out what lies beyond level 90...
  • We’ll be picking contestants from the audience to participate in World of Warcraft leveling contests. The fastest players to level up will win some great loot.
  • Expert German WoW guild TG Gaming will be showing you how to conquer Challenge Mode dungeons as they take on fresh content from Warlords of Draenor, live from the stage.

StarCraft II
  • Some of the biggest names in eSports will show you what it takes to compete at the highest level. Come and see Grubby, Stephano, Ret and White-Ra in white-hot StarCraft II show matches on our stage!

Diablo III
  • Play it on PS4! Just days before the Lord of Terror is unleashed on next-gen consoles, come and check out how Diablo III plays on PlayStation 4 with the Ultimate Evil Edition.

  • Whether you’re a Legendary expert or a complete newcomer, all are welcome to our Hearthstone area to check out our card game that’s taken the world by storm.
  • We welcome popular YouTube crew the Yogscast to our stage to explore the intricacies – and the lols – to be found in Hearthstone.
  • Also joining us for some more Hearthstone fun is well-known player and streamer ek0p – plus friends!

Heroes of the Storm
  • Check out Blizzard’s newest game – Heroes of the Storm, a five-player team brawler featuring characters from across our game universes. Play the currently limited-access alpha on our booth.

New Diablo Merchandise is Coming to the Blizzard Store

A shadowy edition of the Diablo action figure will be available soon

Shadow of Diablo Action Figure
New Diablo merchandise is coming soon to the Blizzard Gear Store. Items representing Blizzard's many franchises were unveiled at the recent San Diego Comic-Con. The sinister Diablo Figurine Shadowclone Variant, seen here, is one of the items that will arrive soon for everyone to buy. Check out the video of the SDCC 2014 Blizzard Entertainment Showcase panel that shows them off.

Read on for details about more new items that will soon be available.

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