The next Diablo 3 update is not out yet but there’s a whole host of changes and additions coming.
Blizzard had said they would hold off with the release of the next Diablo 3 update until Season 2 had begun, and now that’s underway, they have finally released more details of what to expect in the 2.2.o update.
The first piece of info is the new Legendary set items which we mentioned back in January which will also include improvements to existing sets such as Zunimassa’s Haunt, Raiment of a Thousand Storms, Roland’s Legacy, Tal Rasha’s Elements, Inna’s Mantra, Natalya’s Vengeance, and Immortal King’s Call. This brings to total to 10 if you include the new ones.
New Legendary item powers are also being added with legendary items such as gems, armor, and rings. There will be 15 new ones and some existing powers are being reworked. More details will likely follow as the patch gets closer to a PTR release.
Rifts are getting new layout additions based tilesets from Act 1’s Fields of Misery and Festering Woods, Stinging Winds from Act 2, and Fields of Slaughter from Act 3. Blizzard reiterate that these new layouts will be randomised to keep the play fresh.
Adventure mode players will have an additional 2o bounties to undertake and a new type of bounty called Exploration which will involve player searching people who need to be rescued or killed. 14 of the 20 new bounties will be the new Exploration bounties.
Blizzard say that class changes won’t be the major focus in this update although there will be a few tweaks to fine-tune balance and make sure all classes “provide synergy” with the new Legendary items that are being added. The only skills mentioned so far as part of tuning are buffs to the Crusader’s Punish skill and Witch Doctor’s Fetish Sycophants skill.
If you like killing those innocent Treasure Goblins then there’s even more to slay with the additions of new Giblins, The Gelatinous Sire which splits into smaller goblins, the Gilded Baron for fans of gold, and the Insufferable Miscreant which comes with friends to help him run interference.
A new cosmetics window is also being added to the game and it’s where all those annoying inventory hogging cosmetic items will now reside. This means that items such as wings or pets will be easily accessible outside of the inventory system. A feature that is long overdue.
The last piece of news from the Blizzard camp is the change in game file format. Blizzard has used an MPQ file format for years and it’s time for it to retire and move the game over to Blizzard’s own proprietary file format called CASC (Content Addressable Storage Container). Blizzard say this will offer players lots of improvements over the old format with its self-maintaining file structure to prevent installation errors, a faster patching process and the ability to hotfix game client data. This file format is already used in Heroes of the Storm and World of Warcraft.
The update appears to be more content heavy than fix focused which is great for players looking for more challenges.
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