Patch 2.1.2 Release Date Scheduled

The next Diablo III patch may arrive next Tuesday, January 13

Diablo III Season 1
The next Diablo III patch is just around the corner. A big announcement today from Blizzard details the schedule for the arrival of Patch 2.1.2, followed by the end of Season 1. The patch is scheduled to arrive 3 weeks before the seasonal rollover, which was previously stated as happening on or after February 3. If that date holds, then patch 2.1.2 will go live on next Tuesday, January 13.

Patch 2.1.2 and Season 1 Rollover
The schedule for the patch relates to the end of Season 1, and the rollover period before the start of Season 2. Since this is the first seasonal rollover, extra time is needed to make the process works smoothly. This will also be the first Diablo III patch released simultaneously for next-gen Ultimate Evil Edition consoles and the PC Diablo III. Here's the official info about the upcoming patch and seasonal rollover.
As we prepare for patch 2.1.2 and the Season rollover, we wanted to share some important information regarding the timing of these two milestones.

Patch 2.1.2 And Season 1:

With respect to Seasons, our goal is to avoid implementing major balance changes towards the end of a Season. Ideally, patches and significant hotfixes will occur between Seasons or early enough in the Season that players have ample time to adjust to the new environment.

However, we discovered some technical risks in executing a simultaneous launch of patch 2.1.2 and the upcoming Season rollover, and it’s clear that trying to do both in tandem or close proximity would jeopardize both processes. This left us with two options:

    A) We launch patch 2.1.2 after the Season rollover. In this scenario, Seasonal players wouldn’t have access to any new 2.1.2 items including updated Set items, updated Legendary items, and the new Seasonal items for at least a couple of weeks after the Season went live.

    B) We could launch patch 2.1.2 before the Season rollover. In this scenario, this would impact Seasonal Leaderboard progression.

Not giving Seasonal players access to new items right away in Season 2 would take a lot of the excitement out of the start of that new Season. With this, we believe that by giving players a few weeks to adjust to patch 2.1.2 changes, and by allowing them to test existing changes on the PTR, the impact on the existing Leaderboards can be minimized.

After weighing both options carefully, we have decided to launch patch 2.1.2 three weeks prior to the Season rollover. This should provide players enough time to adjust to the patch changes before the Season ends as well as ensure that Season 1 is not prolonged further for those looking forward to Season 2.

Future Season Rollovers:

Season 1 has been a great learning experience for us and we aim to provide a smoother transition at the end of Season 2. In fact, our intent for future Seasons is to have the current Season end, the corresponding patch deployed, and then the following Season start—in that order. While we will not be able to do that for this inaugural Season rollover, this will be our plan for all rollovers moving forward.

For more information about the upcoming Season rollover, click here. To get a sneak-peek at upcoming patch 2.1.2 changes, click here.

Thank you for your patience and support. We hope to see you in Sanctuary and Season 2!
Posted by: TheChemist

so, since season 2 will start on 2/3/2015, we should get patch 2.12 three weeks before that, which means next Tuesday?

As mentioned previously, February 3rd is the earliest date that we would be able to begin the Seasonal rollover, which means the patch could fall as early as next Tuesday. It's important to remember, however, that this is just the earliest date it may fall, and that it may change if the need arises.
Posted by: RageSpy

Does this schedule align with the console releases? IE, can we expect to get the console patch on the same day as PC? Or will there be a lag?

Our current goal is to release patch 2.1.2 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on the same day. This may change depending on a variety of reasons, but we are indeed hoping to provide a simultaneous launch (or as close to one as possible).
Posted by: Zelen

so, i dont understand: new GEMS will be available in season 1 from patch or from season 2?

The new Legendary Gems will be available to players starting in Season 2. Just as with the Seasonal Legendary items available in Season 1, those new gems will roll over to your non-Seasonal account at the conclusion of Season 2.
Posted by: Pereg

They said they'd give a 30day warning, not a 7 day warning that the season would end.

Just for clarity, we actually did give > 30 days notice back on December 30th in our official blog post about the upcoming end of the Season. You can also find out what's new in Season 2 in our Season 2 preview.

While the forums are a good place to get news, it’s important to remember that they’re not the only outlet where we share details about the game. I definitely encourage you to check the front page news feed as well as our different social channels regularly (as many of our community members do) to ensure you stay up to date with what’s ahead for Diablo III.

Front page blog:
Unless there are unexpected delays, patch 2.1.2 will go live next Tuesday. Season 1 will conclude three weeks later, on February 3. That will be followed by a rollover period of unknown length, without any active seasonal characters. Eventually Season 2 will start, and begin the seasonal process all over again.
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