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Diablo III Patch 2.1.0 Patch Notes

The content patch brings Seasons, Greater Rifts, Legendary Gems, and more!

Diablo III Patch 2.1.0
Diablo III Patch 2.1 is now live! The massive content patch has rolled out on the Americas Diablo III servers, and is going live around the world. It brings new features of Seasons, Greater Rifts, Legendary Gems for rings and amulets, along with a big set of class skill changes, and more. Here is the final set of Diablo III Patch 2.1.0 patch notes, and a video overview of the patch by community representative Brandy "Nevalistis" Camel. Check it out!

Season 1 Starts on Friday

Plus updated charts of Diablo III class popularity and Paragon Levels

Diablo III Class Popularity
As Diablo III Patch 2.1 arrives today, the date has been set for the start of Season 1. The first Diablo III Season will start this Friday, August 29, rolling out throughout the multiple Diablo server regions. Here at Diablo Somepage, we also have updated charts of the class popularity in Diablo III, of all the characters who have been active since the Reaper of Souls expansion arrived back in March. Let's take a look!

Season 1 Starts on Friday
One of the big new features in patch 2.1.0 is Seasons, where players can start new characters that are entirely separate from the non-Seasonal account. There are leaderboards to rank players in Seasons, and special Legendary items that will only drop in the Season. The first season is scheduled to launch this Friday, August 29. It will roll out at different times depending on the region. The exact end date for Season 1 has not yet been listed, but the developers have stated that it will probably last around 3 months.
Greetings, nephalem!

We're pleased to announce that our first Diablo III Season is scheduled to begin this Friday, August 29th. To ensure the roll-out process goes as smoothly as possible for all players, we're planning both a delayed and staggered release, with different gameplay regions launching the season at different times after patch 2.1.0 ships.

For reference, below are the current launch times for Season 1:

Asia: 9:00 a.m. PDT (1:00 a.m. KST, UTC +9)
Europe: 12:00 p.m. PDT (9:00 p.m. CEST, UTC +2)
Americas: 6:00 p.m. PDT (UTC -10)

For time zone assistance, visit: http://everytimezone.com/
To learn more about Seasons, visit: http://bit.ly/1rBFf9D

Please note that these times are tentative and subject to change. If they do, we will be sure to update this thread.


Diablo III Class Popularity Ranked
Here at Diablo Somepage we have charts and guides for many aspects of Diablo III. The guide for Diablo III Class Popularity has now been overhauled to reflect all the latest data. That includes popularity of the classes during the leveling process, and at level 70. It also shows the Paragon Levels that Diablo III players have obtained. The data is pulled only from characters who have played since the Reaper of Souls arrived back in March, and will automatically update to include characters playing in patch 2.1. The chart above shows the class popularity at level 70 right now. So far the Wizard class has been the most popular overall, although other classes do specifically well in softcore or hardcore mode. We will see who takes the lead in patch 2.1!

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Diablo III Patch 2.1.0 Ready for Release

The patch goes live after maintenance on Tuesday, but Seasons arrive later

Diablo III Patch 2.1.0 - Breaking News
Diablo III Patch 2.1 is arriving soon. The patch is prepped and ready to go live on the Americas servers tomorrow, August 25. As seen above, the Diablo III client breaking news lists maintenance on Tuesday to apply patch 2.1.0. The servers will go down at 3AM Pacific time and maintenance is estimated to run until 1PM Pacific. Here is a look at the big features in patch 2.1, and the preliminary 2.1.0 patch notes from the PTR.

Previews for Patch 2.1.0
Here are the official previews of the major aspects of patch 2.1, along with developer philosophy and thoughts on the big changes in the patch.
  • PTR Patch 2.1.0 Patch Notes - The patch notes for patch 2.1.0, from the last patch on the PTR. The official patch notes will be updated from these with some changes and extra detail, but most everything will be the same.
  • Seasons Preview - Details on Season 1, which will likely start a few days after the patch arrives.
  • Greater Rifts Preview - A look at the new Greater Rifts, which build on the Nephalem Rift system with increasing difficulty, Legendary Gems, and more!
  • The Vault Preview - Patch 2.1 brings a new area, the home of the sneaky Treasure Goblins.
  • Patch 2.1.0 Philosophy and Legendary Change Explanation - The developers provided detailed explanations for the changes that are being made (or not made) throughout the patch.

Season 1 Not Immediate
Multiple blue posts confirmed that Season 1 will not start immediately after the patch is live. It will likely be a few days before the Season is activated. This gives time for all regions to receive the new patch, and for the developers to deal with potential issues that could cause problems in the Season, before it starts.

The Seasons feature itself will be implemented with patch 2.1 indeed, but it has yet to be announced exactly when we will flip the on-switch and start the first Season. Hopefully it won't be long now until that announcement is made though.

Posted by: Battleheart

I hate this waiting.

You and me both. I really look forward to play my first seasonal character :-)

End of Season Stash Mailed
Some details were provided about the end of Season 1, and how items from the stash will be transferred to the non-Season part of a Diablo III account. The mailbox that provides the Collector's Edition items will transfer all those items, making it easy for players to collect.
Items will be mailed to you using the same system that delivers Collector's Edition items. You'll have a small envelope button in the lower, left hand corner, and you'll have 30 days to reclaim any items mailed to you in this manner when the Season concludes.

In addition, a new stash tab is being made available in Patch 2.1.0 for players with the Reaper of Souls expansion. If you unlock tabs during a Season that you do not already have unlocked for your non-Seasonal characters, they will rollover to your non-Seasonal characters when the Season ends.

I think if I crammed more Seasons in that sentence, I'd age a year. ;P The end-of-Season process can be a little confusing to explain, but I hope this makes some sense!

PTR Closing Down
The patch 2.1.0 Public Test Realm has been the longest running test for a Diablo III patch to date. All good things must come to an end, and with the patch now ready for release, the PTR is closed.
In preparation for the launch of Patch 2.1.0, the PTR servers will be brought offline this afternoon at 3:00 p.m. PT. At that time, players will no longer be able to log in to the PTR client, all PTR accounts (including character information) will be reset, and our PTR forums will be marked as read-only.

We'd like to thank everyone who participated in the Patch 2.1.0 PTR. You've done an awesome job of testing the new content, and we greatly appreciate the feedback you provided during this phase of the game’s development.

We look forward to releasing Patch 2.1.0 to the public shortly. We hope you all enjoy Greater Rifts, Seasons, and all the other content included in this update. We’ll see you in Sanctuary soon!

Patch 2.1.0 Can Take up to 30 Minutes to Install
Patch 2.1.0 comes with optimization to help reduce the lag in the game. That process may take up 30 minutes while the patch is being installed.
Hey everyone!

Patch 2.1.0 is on its way, and we wanted to give you all a quick heads up about the size of this patch and the anticipated time required to fully apply it.

While the patch itself is not very large (300 MB), it will be making several changes to the game files stored on your computer. As a result, the patch installation phase may take up to 30 minutes to finish once the patch has been downloaded. Please note that, during this process, your Battle.net Desktop Application will note that it's "installing 12.4GB." This message is simply referencing the unpacking of the new patch file and the re-configuration of existing Diablo III files on your computer. The actual amount of new data on your computer will be significantly smaller.

We apologize for any inconvenience, and look forward to seeing you in Sanctuary soon!

Stormshield Not Dropping in 2.1.0
The Legendary shield Stormshield has a display bug in patch 2.1.0 that makes it appear as if the item properties have been rerolled. Until this bug can be fixed with another client patch, the shield will not drop.
Hello everyone,

As a quick FYI, we wanted to make you all aware of a bug going live in patch 2.1.0 that will cause the Legendary shield, Stormshield, to display incorrect affix rolls.

For those of you who have a Stormshield and update the game to patch 2.1.0, the shield will appear as though its stats have been rerolled, even though the stats themselves have not actually changed. (Exception: Any affixes which are enchanted will not be affected and will display as normal.)

While this is a display issue only, we have temporarily disabled Stormshield from dropping until the bug can be fixed. With this, when the bug is fixed, your Stormshield will again show the correct stats as they were before patch 2.1.0 launched.

We will be correcting this bug in a future client patch (unfortunately it cannot be hotfixed), but do not have an ETA to share at this time. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused and thank you for your patience!

Update: Added a few more late breaking posts about Patch 2.1.0.

Diablo III PC and 'Reaper of Souls' on Sale for $20

Big discounts this week at Best Buy on the PC game and expansion

Diablo III on Sale at Best Buy
Now is a great time to jump into Diablo III, or pick up the Reaper of Souls Expansion. Best Buy has both the PC/Mac Diablo III title and the expansion on sale this week for $19.99. The sale runs all week, from August 24-30 and is available both in stores and online. These type of sales often sell out quickly, so order soon if you are interested!

The deals are part of the special promotions this week at Best Buy, along with sales on other video games and accessories.

If you prefer a speedy delivery from Amazon, they also have the same titles on sale but at a higher cost. The PC/Mac Diablo III game is currently $26.95 at Amazon, while Reaper of Souls can be purchased for $25.95. Wherever it is purchased, there has never been a better time to jump into Diablo III. The PC/Mac Diablo III Patch 2.1 is just around the corner, which will add more content to the game, and bring new builds and Legendary items!

Developer Interviews from gamescom 2014

Talking about the 'Ultimate Evil Edition' and new content after patch 2.1

Diablo III Developers at gamescom 2014
The European gaming convention gamescom 2014 was held on August 13-17, and Blizzard was there in full force. Diablo III developers Josh Mosqueira and Matthew Berger did a whirlwind set of interviews at the show, mainly promoting the Ultimate Evil Edition, which was released a few days after gamescom wrapped up. They also dropped some tidbits about future content for the game. Here are three interviews with the Diablo III team, from gamescom 2014.

In an interview with the Romanian site playtech.ro, there are lengthy discussions of the process of bringing the Ultimate Evil Edition from PC to console, and which is the "best" Diablo III version.

The French site JudgeHype also had an interview with the pair, which was published in French. Here is a translation of part of that interview, where the developers talk about about possible additions to Diablo III after patch 2.1.

  • Developers have internally discussed at length a system where the player collects objects in the world to receive a reward. This is something that has been under active consideration during the development of Reaper of Souls, originally scheduled to appear in the Adventure Mode. Josh said players should stay tuned, because future patches will have interesting content, which may or may not contain the collection system. There will be more details at BlizzCon 2014.
  • The team has no new information to share at this time regarding more environments such as The Cesspools for a future patch.
  • With players having recently hit Paragon Level 1000, the developers have not yet had the time to talk about the addition of new Paragon portraits. However, they would like like to add them.
  • Various improvements are being developed for clans and communities, but it is still too early to talk about them.
  • Bringing features from the console version to the PC is always something that developers are trying to do. The team must consider how best to implement them on a PC. This has been done before with Nephalem Globes. Josh mentioned Apprentice Mode in the Ultimate Evil Edition as a possible example.
  • The developers plan to add many more Legendary items, including a few surprises, but Josh prefers not to say too much before the time comes.
  • PvP is still under investigation. Developers are curious how the players will respond to the addition of Seasons and Greater Rifts, which are a kind of competition without PvP. Both features will also continue to evolve.
  • Displaying resource cost reduction and skill cooldown info in skill tooltips is an addition requested by Josh long ago. This may sound simple in theory, but it is not in practice. It is currently one of the many features on the list of things that developers would like to add one day.

Finally, the Diablo III duo stopped by to chat in the official Blizzard stream that ran throughout the show. Starting at 31 minutes into this video, Mosqueira and Berger chat about the Ultimate Evil Edition, and new features in PC patch 2.1.

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