Diablo III Patch 2.1.0 Goes Live 'This Month'

Details at gamescom on the PC 2.1 patch, and 'Ultimate Evil Edition' updates

John Hight at gamescom 2014
The Diablo III PC Patch 2.1 will be released "this month", according to Diablo production director John Hight. In an interview with the German site Arreat.de at gamescom 2014, he provided details about the upcoming Diablo III PC patch, as well as info about which features from patch 2.1 will be coming to the PS4 and Xbox One editions of the Ultimate Evil Edition.

The interview starts with talk about Blizzard's large presence at gamescom 2014, and then at 2:45 in the video, Mr. Hight gets into details about Diablo III patches and development.
  • "Later this month", Diablo III patch 2.1 will be released.
  • Fairly soon after patch 2.1 comes out for the PC Diablo III, a lot of the 2.1 content will be released for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the Ultimate Evil Edition. The consoles will receive features from 2.1 including Greater Rifts and the Treasure Goblin realm area of The Vault. Seasons and leaderboards will not be transferred to the consoles. Those features were "designed more for the PC side of gaming, but everything else is going to come across".
  • Season 1 will start in patch 2.1. They haven't officially announced how long the seasons will be, but that info will be released when the season opens. "We want to make sure we give people enough time to build up their character, but not too much time; we want it to be competitive." (In a recent Korean interview, lead content designer Kevin Martens suggested that the first season may last 2-3 months.)
  • There will be more content updates for Diablo III, after patch 2.1.
There is more discussion in the interview, including thoughts about working at Blizzard and the fun of playing games that you work on.

With the Ultimate Evil Edition coming out this next Tuesday, that only leaves August 26 in the month as a possible patch day. Unless there a delay, patch 2.1.0 will go live that Tuesday.
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