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

Kerbal Space Program will leave Early Access with the next update

BioWare releases Dragon Age: Inquisition's catchy tavern songs for free

Big changes to StarCraft's Swarm Host in upcoming Balance Test Map

Diablo III

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

Diablo 3 is now two-years-old - but barely into its first expansion.

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.

The Diablo III anniversary celebration due to end at 5am PDT today will instead live on forever in its legendary item buff.

“I come bearing exciting news,” wrote game designer Travis Day. “Due to the overwhelming popularity of our Anniversary buff we have decided to keep the increased Legendary drop rate once the Anniversary celebration ends. 

“Once the buff is disabled tomorrow morning, you will find that the new base line drop rates for Legendary items will be the same as those you have all enjoyed for the last week.”

It's quite unlike Blizzard to rebalance the game on a whim, after two years of tweaking and remoulding Diablo III into the sequel it was supposed to be. Perhaps they're just relieved to hear players happy.

Our Nick’s going to be chuffed to bits. Are you?

Login or Register
1
+1
-0
Mountain_Man's picture
367

Awesome!

1
+1
-0
Shykonn's picture
113

Hail Hydra!

1
+1
-0
Laccnow's picture
18

I don't think I would be playing this game in the future without the buff. The legendary drop rate just feels right now.

1
+1
-0
Nick Wilson's picture
304

I am mega-chuffed, because I've barely got to play Diablo 3 all week.

Try these free to play games
?

These are affiliate links - clicking them and playing the games directly supports PCGamesN

Spotlight
?

Our Spotlight units plug content our journalists have made, that our advertisers want to promote. Sometimes the promotion is paid for, but the content they go to is always independent with no client oversight or approval.


Alienware - Game VictoriousTurtle Beach
Diablo 3 patch 2.1.2 introduces a new zone, ancient items and Greater Rift changes

Diablo III

Diablo 3 patch 2.1.2 introduces a new zone, ancient items and Greater Rift changes

Diablo 3's got a new Lord of Terror: really bad lag

Diablo 3's got a new Lord of Terror: really bad lag

Diablo 3 week long community buff starts today; double Treasure Goblins for all

Diablo 3 week long community buff starts today; double Treasure Goblins for all

Diablo 3 patch 2.1.2 is now live. It adds Ancient Items, rebalances the Greater Rifts, and much more

Diablo 3 patch 2.1.2 is now live. It adds Ancient Items, rebalances the Greater Rifts, and much more

Diablo 3 Season 2 will begin as early as Feburary; patch 2.1.2 still in public testing

Diablo 3 Season 2 will begin as early as Feburary; patch 2.1.2 still in public testing

Diablo III 2.1.2 patch notes speak of even Greater Rifts and ancient items

Diablo III 2.1.2 patch notes speak of even Greater Rifts and ancient items

Our best Diablo 3 builds

Diablo III

Our best Diablo 3 builds

It took 20 minutes for Blizzard to decide to kill the Diablo 3 auction house

It took 20 minutes for Blizzard to decide to kill the Diablo 3 auction house

Why we'll never play cross-platform Diablo III with the consoles

Why we'll never play cross-platform Diablo III with the consoles

Diablo 3 patch 2.1.1 arrives, bringing big changes for gamblers

Diablo 3 patch 2.1.1 arrives, bringing big changes for gamblers

Diablo 3's pets are getting buffed; to scale with players toughness

Diablo 3's pets are getting buffed; to scale with players toughness

Join our Diablo 3 clan as we jump head first into Seasons

Join our Diablo 3 clan as we jump head first into Seasons

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls review

Diablo III

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls review

Watch Blizzard explain the Diablo III ladder system new in Reaper of Souls 2.1

Watch Blizzard explain the Diablo III ladder system new in Reaper of Souls 2.1

Diablo III gains ladder-like Seasons system in Reaper of Souls 2.1

Diablo III gains ladder-like Seasons system in Reaper of Souls 2.1

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

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

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

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

Diablo III becomes the last major Blizzard game to get a Chinese launch

Diablo III becomes the last major Blizzard game to get a Chinese launch

Blizzard on Diablo III's missing PvP:

Diablo III

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

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

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

Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls 2.1.0 gets messy with cesspools

Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls 2.1.0 gets messy with cesspools

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

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

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

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

Treasures unearthed: new Diablo 3 legendaries revealed

Treasures unearthed: new Diablo 3 legendaries revealed