Diablo 3 some love at BlizzCon with the reveal of a Necromancer hero pack and the Darkening of Tristram update that will recreate the original Diablo in D3 as part of the 20th anniversary of the series. While fans were diappointed that there was no Diablo 4 or even a new expansion, Blizzard did reveal some other changes that could ease the diasappointment.
In a panel session for the game on day 2, the development team reaveled that Seasons will finally be coming to consoles, something that PC players have enjoyed for awhile. For the non-Nephalem, Seasons let players earn a full-six-piece armor set for achieveing certain goals, as well as offering new pets and cosmetic items.
In addition, there will be a new tab in your stash to store crafting materials, something that Blizzard added to World of Warcraft's bank added in Warlords of Draenor expansion. The change should also make Kanai's Cube transmutes a bit easier.
Finally, there will be new zones in Adventure Mode, such as the Moors and The Temple of the Firstborn; Challenge Rifts that will allow you to try other player's builds for fun; and a bevy of new items and monsters as well.
Couple all this with the first-day reveal that players will get an Armory to store up to five different loadouts for their characters, and D3 players should have a better feeling for what's in store as they await a new expansion ... or sequel.
John Keefer posted a new article, Diablo 3 has more changes coming than just a Necromancer and D1 tribute
Expansion ain't happening. The crafting mat and Armory changes sound great, but nothing that really adds longevity to the game which is what it needs. I don't have any interest in doing the season treadmill again if they aren't making any substantive gameplay changes.
lol @ "Diablo 4" comment. Anyone expecting Diablo 4 already, clearly has not been paying attention to the life cycle of Blizzard games... ;P
I'm intrigued by the Challenge Rift idea. It might be fun to discover builds.