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Diablo 3 patch 2.1.0: monster-slaying is always in season

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Diablo 3 patch 2.1.0: monster-slaying is always in season

Blizzard’s already teased quite a few details on the upcoming patch 2.1.0 for Diablo III. Just the other day the source of the Treasure Goblins was revealed, and back in June the developer gave a brief overview on the new features coming to Diablo.

But now it’s time to get into the nitty gritty of seasons, where new characters can compete with each other by gathering achievements like they were sweets, all in an attempt to get a coveted spot near the top of the ladder. 

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Diablo 3 patch 2.1.0 introduces the golden home of the Treasure Goblins: the Vault

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Diablo 3 patch 2.1.0 introduces the golden home of the Treasure Goblins: the Vault

Diablo III’s craven, scurrying Treasure Goblins are enigmatic wee beasties. They appear, with their sacks of loot, and are quick to disappear through portals if they aren’t killed and their wealth stolen. Where do they go when they leap through those portals? Is there a land filled with goblins and gold on the other side? 

Patch 2.1.0 finally reveals what is through the portal: the Vault.

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Here today: Diablo 3's Auction House will be gone tomorrow

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Here today: Diablo 3's Auction House will be gone tomorrow

Diablo 3’s often criticised Auction House will finally be removed from reality by Blizzard tomorrow. It was effectively disabled back in March - when we gave the expansion a 9/10 in our Reaper of Souls review - but the Auction House window remained available so that players could retrieve items and gold from previous transactions. 

As of tomorrow, that function will also be removed. And it will be gone for good. Any items and gold remaining in the Completed tab will also disappear for good; so empty it now if you’ve got anything in there.

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Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls 2.1.0 gets messy with cesspools

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Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls 2.1.0 gets messy with cesspools

The first major content patch for Diablo III: Reaper of Souls is almost upon us; it’s pretty much knocking at the door. It’s appropriately chunky for a major content patch, chucking in new achievements, special rifts, challenge seasons, combat tweaks and a new addition to Adventure Mode: the Cesspools. It’s all a bit exciting, and all we ever wanted from our Reaper of Souls review.

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Diablo III's birthday buff proved so popular that Blizzard are keeping it

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Diablo III's birthday buff proved so popular that Blizzard are keeping it

It turns out Diablo III is one of those insufferable types who insists everybody celebrate their “birthday week". But it at least had the decency to put a buff behind the bar - double Rift Fragments for all, and an 100% boost to our chance of finding Legendary items.

Once the knees-up began last Thursday, however, it became clear there was a problem - players much preferred this version of the game, with its unending stream of lovely new gear. And so Blizzard have decided to keep it that way; making Nick a very happy man if his Reaper of Souls review is anything to go by.

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Diablo 3 celebrates its birthday with 100 percent bonuses to Legendary loot and Rift Fragment gains

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Diablo 3 celebrates its birthday with 100 percent bonuses to Legendary loot and Rift Fragment gains

It was Diablo III’s two year anniversary last week, and it’s come a long way since its troubled birth, which our Reaper of Souls review declared to have remedied. Gone is the awful Auction House, Loot 2.0 has revolutionised the never-ending hunt for gear and Reaper of Souls expanded the campaign and added the lovely, bulky Templar. 

To celebrate, Blizzard’s rewarding Sanctuary defenders. But not for long. Log into Diablo III this week, and you’ll be able to gather a mountain of Legendary loot. 

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Diablo 3 patch 2.0.5 brings new class changes and a cure for Tyrael's hunger pains

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Diablo 3 patch 2.0.5 brings new class changes and a cure for Tyrael's hunger pains

Your chance to Did you know that tomorrow is the two year anniversary of Diablo III? You might have forgotten your card and flowers, but Blizzard haven’t forgotten theirs. Patch 2.0.5 brings forth numerous rebalances to every class - leaving very few skills and runes untouched - for the better. The game - which we gave a 9/10 in our Reaper of Souls review - will also be much more rewarding with a buff to bounties, rifts and the blood shard vendor Kadala.

But that’s not all because starting tomorrow there will be a community buff to commemorate Diablo III’s second birthday with increased xp and legendary find for all.find Legendary items is increased, including a guaranteed drop during your first hour of play.

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Diablo III lead producer leaves Blizzard behind for Star Citizen; "I knew I had to be a part of it"

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Diablo III lead producer leaves Blizzard behind for Star Citizen; "I knew I had to be a part of it"

“With my head in the clouds and my eyes on the stars, I am contemplating life after #Blizzard," tweeted Alex Mayberry, decade-long Blizzard veteran and Diablo III’s lead producer. 

And then, today: “Hailing @robertsspaceind at Cloud Imperium Games, requesting permission to board."

In his new role, Mayberry will oversee product development for Chris Roberts’ overfunded space sim, and his underlings will call him executive producer.

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Treasures unearthed: new Diablo 3 legendaries revealed

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Treasures unearthed: new Diablo 3 legendaries revealed

A Chinese Diablo III database site has managed to unearth a whole trove of legendary items that are currently not present in the game. Speculation says that these could be the ladder specific legendaries that will arrive in patch 2.1. That aside, I can actually verify myself that some of these legendaries were present within the Reaper of Souls closed beta. Some of them even accompanied me in my Reaper of Souls review.

You can take a peek at each and every one below the break.

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Blizzard surveys players about Diablo 3 expansion hunger

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Blizzard surveys players about Diablo 3 expansion hunger

Blizzard’s been probing interest in another Diablo III expansion through a user survey currently being sent to players; looking at our Reaper of Souls review, the interest should be quite high.

NeoGAF user Nirolak was one such player and posted a screenshot of the question: “How interested would you be in playing a second expansion to Diablo III?" The survey covered a lot more than that, of course, such as gaming habits and satisfaction with Diablo. 

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Survarium gets a 24 hour open beta on Friday

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Diablo 3 hotfixes tweak the reward structure: sometimes you'll get more, sometimes you'll get less

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Diablo 3 hotfixes tweak the reward structure: sometimes you'll get more, sometimes you'll get less

A series of hotfixes were applied to Diablo III today, adjusting the “ overall reward structures within the game."

What does this actually mean? Simply put, in some instances you’ll be getting better rewards, and in others, less rewards. See how it compares to our intial thoughts in our Reaper of Souls review, and let the conflicting emotions commence!

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Diablo III Patch 2.0.4 touches down and now the world will never be quite the same again

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Diablo III Patch 2.0.4 touches down and now the world will never be quite the same again

Blizzard have just launched the latest Diablo III patch and it's a big old betsy. Patch 2.0.4 is now live across all servers everywhere and introduces major changes to every class as well as to some of the game's town hubs. There's nothing any one of us can do to stop it, so we might as well embrace the change and carry on.

You can check out our thoughts on the latest expansion in our Reaper of Souls review.

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Pull up a chair by the hearth: Battle.net desktop app now supports chat with friends

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Pull up a chair by the hearth: Battle.net desktop app now supports chat with friends

Hearthstone with Friends has been a slightly complicated process since launch - more often than not involving an external meet-up via Skype, followed by an exchanging of numerical game IDs from a main menu determined not to minimise under any circumstances.

That’s to change - and in WoW, and Diablo, and StarCraft - with the introduction of direct chat to the battle.net desktop app.

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What you sow: Diablo III: Reaper of Souls sells 2.7 million copies in first week

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What you sow: Diablo III: Reaper of Souls sells 2.7 million copies in first week

Blizzard took a risk with Diablo III’s first ever expansion: they separated Loot 2.0 out into a free update, and let it stand by itself. Our Reaper of Souls review says that it worked: a new campaign, Crusader class and adventure mode proved enough meat to pull in current and relapsed players alike, to the tune of 1.5 million thwarted Malthaels - and 2.7 million copies in the first week.

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DDOS attacks disrupt European servers for Diablo III, World of Warcraft, StarCraft II and Hearthstone

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DDOS attacks disrupt European servers for Diablo III, World of Warcraft, StarCraft II and Hearthstone

Somebody told me yesterday that April Fools' Day is for people with no sense of humour; that its jokes leave only the teller laughing, and are therefore the opposite of comedy. I’m still not convinced, but a morning of DDOS batterings certainly makes the argument persuasive.

A series of attacks against certain European online services have triggered a wave of disconnections and latency issues across Blizzard’s four pillars of connected PC gaming - Diablo III, World of Warcraft, StarCraft II and Hearthstone.

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Diablo III: Reaper of Souls review

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Diablo III: Reaper of Souls review

The Reaper, in Reaper of Souls is Malthael, an angel, and death incarnate. But Malthael brings new life to Diablo III. An action-RPG mired in controversy for over year suddenly feels fresh, exciting, and relevant. Diablo III is alive. Reaper of Souls is essential. But like the Angel of Death, Reaper of Souls feels a bit gaunt when it comes to new content.

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Blizzard on Diablo III's missing PvP: "There's probably not a week that goes by that we're not talking about it"

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Blizzard on Diablo III's missing PvP: "There's probably not a week that goes by that we're not talking about it"

The first Diablo III expansion has been unleashed; read our Reaper of Souls review to find out the verdict.

The auction house is dead. Loot 2.0 is go. Reaper of Souls is out. But the question of PvP still remains. Since the Diablo III dev team scrapped team deathmatch, only an apologetic brawling mode has emerged in the way of competitive slashing.

But lead producer Alex Mayberry says Blizzard still talk about PvP “all the time".

“There’s probably not a week that goes by that we’re not talking about about PvP," he told PCGamesN. “That being said, I don’t know when, or if, we’re going to get it in."

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Another rung closer to perfection: Diablo III to get ranked ladder support "in a couple of months"

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Another rung closer to perfection: Diablo III to get ranked ladder support "in a couple of months"

The first Diablo III expansion has been unleashed; read our Reaper of Souls review to find out the verdict.

For the last couple of weeks, Diablo III game director Josh Mosqueira has collapsed into winks and nudges at any mention of a potential ladder system for the interconnected RPG. Nobody’s been sure whether he’s hinting at an imminent release, or displaying an involuntary reaction to a much-requested feature he knows he can’t deliver.

Turns out it’s the former: Diablo’s worst kept secret, season play, will come in Reaper of Souls’ first big content patch in a couple of months’ time.

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