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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.

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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 Reaper of Souls stand by itself. And 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 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"

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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Join our Diablo III clan as we tackle Reaper of Souls tonight

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Join our Diablo III clan as we tackle Reaper of Souls tonight

In just a few hours Diablo III: Reaper of Souls will be unleashed onto the heroes of Sanctuary. If you call the EU region your home and want a clan of lovely folk to help spearhead your way into the new expansion, then PCGamesN has you covered. Our clan has grown to 40+ members strong, from both softcore and hardcore walks of life. Many of us are twiddling our thumbs as the launch grows near, and everyone is looking for some slaying buddies.

If you’re interested, then find out how to join just after the break!

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Here is the Diablo III: Reaper of Souls release schedule, region by region

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Here is the Diablo III: Reaper of Souls release schedule, region by region

Blizzard are almost ready to unleash the thematically unusual latest chapter in the Diablo III saga, Reaper of Soles: about the the hooved demon, Maltheus, driven to bring the world to heel by jealousy over the human capacity to wear shoes (don’t ever mention heels while he’s about, mind).

It’s a story we’ll all know first-hand by tomorrow. But precisely when? Here’s the expansion’s ever-so-slightly complicated release schedule, which begins rolling out across the world later today.

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Fancy a copy of Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls Collector's Edition? We can be of some assistance

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Fancy a copy of Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls Collector's Edition? We can be of some assistance

Diablo 3’s Reaper of Souls expansion is almost upon us. On March 25th, or the night of the 24th in some places, the floodgates will open and players will finally be allowed to check out the next Act of the vastly improved ARPG. 

More than a few of us here at PCGN are going to be playing, and we’ve got our own clan. We don’t want you lovely lot to feel left out, so we’re giving away one copy of the Collector’s Edition to one lucky bugger. The competition is UK only, and you can find out how you can win below. 

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Diablo III servers in Sydney make for "smoother, more responsive" looting in Australia and New Zealand

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Diablo III servers in Sydney make for "smoother, more responsive" looting in Australia and New Zealand

Say what you like about Malthael, the Silent Angel, the Guardian, the Angel of Death, Architect of the Eternal Conflict, former Archangel of Wisdom, ex-leader of the Angiris Council. Say what you like about that bloke, but he doesn’t discriminate when it comes to eradicating humanity and the nephalem.

New servers have been deployed ahead of the release of Reaper of Souls on Tuesday. They should result in a “smoother" looting experience for players in Australia and New Zealand.

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Grab Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls and get a pack of expert cards for Hearthstone flung at your face

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Grab Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls and get a pack of expert cards for Hearthstone flung at your face

It’s hard to just play one Blizzard game. It’s not just that they are rather moreish; they keep bloody offering you things in other games. Splashing out on the deluxe versions of World of Warcraft expansions nets you a plethora of stuff for Diablo 3 and Starcraft 2, playing Hearthstone lets you ride a flying horse in World of Warcraft and now there’s another offer dragging you between games.

Pick up the upcoming Diablo 3 expansion, Reaper of Souls, and you’ll find yourself in possession of a pack or packs of expert cards for Hearthstone. This is something you probably want, because Hearthstone is simply delightful

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Heroes of the Storm: "a triumph"

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Heroes of the Storm: "a triumph"

Blizzard call Heroes of the Storm a hero brawler. Others call it a MOBA. We call it a triumph. It is Blizzard’s version of what Dota and League of Legends do so well: a compulsive mix of strategy gaming, timing, 5v5 teamplay and ridiculous shoulderpads. Even now, in it’s early alpha stage, it feels a complete blast. 

Here’s why.

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Diablo III login bug causes hardcore massacre: players left naked and helpless

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Diablo III login bug causes hardcore massacre: players left naked and helpless

You know that dream everyone has when they wake up in Sanctuary with no clothes on, surrounded by laughing cacodemons? Unlucky Diablo III players logged into the game last night to find their items, armour and weapons had disappeared.

Most found that the nightmare was over after a couple of repeated login attempts - but others were playing in Hardcore, Diablo’s permadeath mode. Cue screams.

Blizzard normally enact a blanket no-rollback policy - but have said they’ll consider restoring ignobly killed characters on a case by case basis, just this once.

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Ding dong: Diablo 3's Auction House will be an ex-Auction House by 3AM PST tomorrow

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Ding dong: Diablo 3's Auction House will be an ex-Auction House by 3AM PST tomorrow

The Diablo 3 Auction House will be taken out and filled with lead in less than a day. Come 3AM PST, it will cease to exist, consigned to the abyss from whence it came. The event will probably be marked by a celebration in the streets, but mainly because it will coincide with scheduled maintenance for American players, so what else is there to do?

Blizzard has updated the FAQ, explaining exactly how the dismantling of the Auction House will affect players.

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Diablo III director hints at ladder support post-Reaper of Souls

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Diablo III director hints at ladder support post-Reaper of Souls

Blizzard have been teasing a competitive ladder for Diablo III for absolutely yonks. On the first anniversary of the game’s release in May, designer Wyatt Cheng said the dev team were “definitely looking into" the possibility of ranked seasons - but warned it “wouldn’t be viable until an expansion".

Well, guess what comes out at the end of this month? The imminent release of Reaper of Souls, and the fact that game director Josh Mosqueira’s tweets have turned cryptic of late, give us reason to believe in seasons.

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Why it's time to reinstall Diablo III

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Why it's time to reinstall Diablo III

Diablo III is insanely fun right now. 

And this horde of orange loot is why. Just look at it. A couple of weeks ago, this bountiful hoard of legendaries from Diablo III would’ve taken the majority of a month to acquire. What was even worse is that only one or two of the items would of been deemed “OK" at best, with the rest finding their way onto the auction house. Now however, they're all really good.

The difference is I acquired all of that in one sitting of the campaign last night. Patch 2.0 - and most notably Loot 2.0 - is responsible, and it’s amazing. 

It’s why you should reinstall Diablo III and get playing again. 

And to think Reaper of Souls isn’t even out yet.

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