Diablo 3 introducing Seasons and Rifts this summer

Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls just came out, but Blizzard is already looking ahead to patch 2.1 this summer, which will introduce ladder-like Seasons and special Rift challenges.

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Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls just released late last night, but Blizzard is giving players something to look forward to in the months ahead. Game director Josh Mosqueira jumped on Diablo's Twitch channel to announce that ladder-like 'Seasons' and 'Rift' challenges will debut with the game's first major post-Reaper of Souls content patch, set to deploy this summer.

"One of the features you guys have asked about a lot, that we have done a lot of research for, is something called ladders," Mosqueira stated on the stream, transcribed by Diablo Fans (via Eurogamer). "I'm happy to say that as part of our first big content patch in a couple of months, we will be releasing Seasons, which will include a ladder-like aspect to them. We're still working on them, but the general gist is that you'll level up a new character, we'll have specific ladders for Seasons, and also some goodies that will drop along the way. There's more information of that to come, and we're not making an announcement of when, but that's coming in the first major content patch - not the first patch, but the first major content patch.

The upcoming 2.1 patch will also introduce Rifts for Adventure mode, which introduces intense tiered challenges with the goal to try and progress as far as possible. Rifts will get progressively more difficult and will continue until the player falls or until time runs out. Both Seasons and Rifts will feature rare, exclusive loot, including new Legendary items for completing Seasons. Leaderboards will also be attached to Seasons and Rifts, allowing players to compare their runs to those of other Diablo 3 players.

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    March 25, 2014 12:30 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Diablo 3 introducing Seasons and Rifts this summer.

    Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls just came out, but Blizzard is already looking ahead to patch 2.1 this summer, which will introduce ladder-like Seasons and special Rift challenges.

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      March 26, 2014 3:57 AM

      I love WoW and this game is reminding me more and more of a SP version of it. Can't wait!

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        March 26, 2014 5:37 AM

        What really sealed the deal for me was the Diablo boss battle. In Diablo II you press the last seal, the ground rumbles and diablo himself beckons, "Not even death can save you from me!" In diablo3 a cut-scene ensues and a gaunt red figure appears out and yells, "I am legion!"

        It is a decent game, but far too friendly and forgiving: a disgrace to the Diablo franchise.

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          March 26, 2014 1:35 PM

          "far too friendly and forgiving: a disgrace to the Diablo franchise."

          Granted I played it on normal and 1/2 way through hard (just started playing) and have never died and never used a health pot. From what I understand the real challenge doesn't happen until you click Torment.