Season 7 ends October 14th, Season 8 starts October 21st
Nevalistis has announced the end date for Season 7: October the 14th for all regions. Season 8 will start a week later, on the 21st. Read the full announcement here, including all the information on what the Season rollover means for your characters.
Here we are again, nephalem. As we prepare to close out another Season in Diablo III, it's time to take a moment to remember what you have achieved and ensure you're ready for the transition to a new Season.
If you haven't experienced the end of a Season, there's a lot to know about what happens to your gear, progress, and characters. Don't fret! We're here to give you a full overview of what to expect when the current Season ends and the next one begins.
Season 7 End & Season 8 Start Dates:
You’ll be able to sort through your rollover rewards and review your progress on the Leaderboards between Seasons. It’s a great time to reflect on the accomplishments you’ve made and enjoy the culmination of your pre- and post-Season loot hunts!
Season 7 will be ending on the following dates and times:
North America: Friday, October 14 @ 5:00 p.m. PDT
Europe: Friday, October 14 @ 5:00 p.m. CEST
Asia: Friday, October 14 @ 5:00 p.m. KST
Season 8 will begin about one week afterward on these dates:
North America: Friday, October 21 @ 5:00 p.m. PDT
Europe: Friday, October 21 @ 5:00 p.m. CEST
Asia: Friday, October 21 @ 5:00 p.m. KST
For time zone assistance, click here. We look forward to seeing you in Season 8!
A new Developer Chronicles has been posted, this time giving some insight on the idea of Eras, their relation with seasons and what developers intended them to be. An interesting change mentioned is that we can expect Eras to advance less often, and not always when a patch is released. Read below.
Hi, everybody. Wyatt Cheng here again with a second installment of Developer Chronicles. Today, let’s discuss Eras.
When we introduced Seasons to Diablo III, we also debuted "Eras." The thinking was that while the seasonal leaderboard would naturally reset every season, there would be some players who would want the non-seasonal leaderboard to reset periodically as well. There is a certain excitement associated with a fresh leaderboard—a sense that you could maybe see your own name up there at the beginning of an Era. It can also be disheartening to see somebody who is not currently playing the game hold a top position on a leaderboard long after the record was set.
As Diablo III has evolved, it has become clear in hindsight that while the fresh excitement is there, it doesn’t last very long. First, the Era leaderboard is not something you "climb." If you are capable of achieving a particular Greater Rift tier, you're likely able to replicate that performance, or very close to it, at the very start of a new Era. Second, between patch changes, item buffs, and Paragon levels, there is built-in power growth over time—the concern of somebody holding a high Era ranking long after they've quit hasn’t really materialized.
Eras Going Forward
It has been our plan for some time to stop advancing the Era count every time a new season occurs. Expect that to be the norm moving forward. We are looking to move Eras to be 6–12 months in length.
Besides simply allowing Eras to be 6–12 months long, there is an additional circumstance in which we feel an Era reset will still be warranted: when we expect that the highest attainable Greater Rift is going to go down. As an example, in patch 2.4.2, we made changes to the Twisted Sword, Energy Twister, and crowd control mechanics that caused the highest cleared Greater Rift to go down. When we have strong reason to believe the highest cleared Greater Rift will significantly drop, we do need to advance the Era to keep the non-seasonal leaderboard from going stale. Though this was the case in 2.4.2, expect Eras to advance less frequently moving forward.
This brings us to a related question. When an Era advances, is it done before a patch goes live or after? The answer to this depends on the intent of Eras. Previously we advanced an Era as soon as a Season ended. This was back when there were season-specific items. The Era would advance in order to record the state of the non-seasonal leaderboards before all the season-specific items were transitioned to non-seasonal. We no longer have season-specific items and there is greatly reduced value in trying to memorialize the leaderboards at that particular moment in time. However, when we expect patch changes to cause the previous top ranks to be difficult or impossible to beat, it makes more sense to advance the Era AFTER the patch has gone live. Advancing the Era before the patch goes live would cause some players to lock in high ranks that become unbeatable once the patch hits. Advancing after the patch goes live allows players in the new Era to compete in a fresh environment based on the balance of the current live patch.
To summarize, seasons are for those who want a recurring fresh experience; Eras should represent periods of time closer to a year.
S7 GR 113 Rank #1
Empyrian uploaded a new video of their highest Greater Rift clear, which gave his clan the rank #1 worldwide, from the perspective of one of their Monks. Watch below.
Wizard Fanart by Neon89
Neon89 has drawn an amazing fanart of a female Wizard, with some really unique strokes and style. Very cool sketch - check it out!
What was supposed to be a simple sketch in a day became a fully rendered piece. Showing some Diablo 3 love <3
Blizzard is changing its online service name from Battle.Net to just Blizzard Tech. The change appears to be mostly because of branding reasons, letting players more clearly understand how their online services work. Read below for details.
We’re going to be transitioning away from using the Battle.net name for our gaming service and the functionality connected to it. Battle.net technology will continue to serve as the central nervous system for Blizzard games—nothing is changing in that regard. We'll just be referring to our various products and services using the Blizzard name instead. You've already seen this recently with things like "Blizzard Streaming" and "Blizzard Voice," and more changes are on the way.
When we created Battle.net, the idea of including a tailored online-gaming service together with your game was more of a novel concept, so we put a lot of focus on explaining what the service was and how it worked, including giving it a distinct name. Over time, though, we’ve seen that there’s been occasional confusion and inefficiencies related to having two separate identities under which everything falls—Blizzard and Battle.net. Given that built-in multiplayer support is a well-understood concept and more of a normal expectation these days, there isn’t as much of a need to maintain a separate identity for what is essentially our networking technology.
We just wanted to make sure everyone was aware as we moved forward with this change over the next several months; we’ll provide any relevant updates as the transition progresses.
Forum Migration Issues & New Icons
A few problems occurred during the official forum migration, delaying the process until next week. What's interesting about it is that along are some of the new icons seen. Archaetect shared them on Reddit, and some have a quite "unique" style to them - once again sparking our curiosity.
Could they mean more than just a style change to the forums? Could they be a preview of something new we'll see in the near future?
Forum migration is now underway! We really appreciate the feedback that's been given, and we'll be retiring the Service Status forum as a result.
In the mean time, please pardon the dust while the migration is completing. This may take a couple of hours, but you should see the shiny new interface before the end of the day.
We'll let you know if there are any other updates in the meantime.
As a result of unforeseen circumstances, the deployment of our new forum style has been delayed. Currently, we are aiming to redeploy sometime next week. In the mean time, you may notice some sizing issues with the forum icons on the main page. This is a temporary display issue and should be resolved shortly.
Apologies for any inconvenience, and thanks for bearing with us as we work to resolve these issues!
I don't know if the forums were in maintenance mode yesterday but I got a glimpse of some of the new icons and assumed they were rolling them out until I noticed they were gone today. Yes, I should've grabbed a screenshot but I assumed they were mid-deploy since it looked messed up. Edit: they did try to deploy the new forums. Here are the images that I opened in tabs to inspect further:
The generic cube that doesn't appear to match either the Horadric or Kanai equivalents...it could be simply stylized to represent both but it's a curious choice nonetheless. Also, the new logo background pattern that seemed to debut at Gamescom in the room during Wyatt's interview is also consistently applied.
A small bit of coal to fuel those hungry hype-trains, but keep in mind these are probably going public next week anyways.
A new wave of DDoS attacks has happened over the last couple days on Blizzard servers and some internet providers - causing connection issues on most Blizzard games, including D3. If you enjoy hardcore, keep that in mind and maybe make sure things have settled down before doing higher GRs.
We are currently monitoring a DDOS attack against network providers which is affecting latency/connections to our games. #BlizzCS
Diablo Rise of the Hunter
A really cool project called Diablo Rise of the Hunter was recently revealed to the public through its Facebook page. It's a short film made by fans which will tell the prequel story of Valla, the Demon Hunter from Diablo - how she went from a simple Tristram villager to a deadly nephalem.
Very interesting project with fan favorite characters like Deckard Cain and the blacksmith Griswold making an appearance. Check out the preview below, or visit their official page for more behind the scenes photos and info!
Blizzard recently unveiled what players will get by attending BlizzCon of through a virtual ticket. Diablo 3 players will receive an exclusive pet to celebrate Diablo's 20th anniversary - the Lord of Terror himself! On his classic form. See below.
Every BlizzCon®, we give out a treasure trove of in-game goodies to attendees and Virtual Ticket holders to commemorate the occasion. Take a look at what you’ll get for your favorite Blizzard games when you join us for BlizzCon X.
Diablo® III – Diablo 20th Anniversary Pet
Celebrate two decades of terror with this anniversary-themed Diablo pet, based on the Dark Lord’s design from the original game.*
This cache of in-game goodies will be available to you when you join us for BlizzCon X via the Virtual Ticket or in person (just redeem the Digital Bonuses code you received when you purchased your tickets).
They’ll be unlocked in-game closer to the show—stay tuned for more information, and we’ll see you at BlizzCon!
†Bonus StarCraft II goodie will also be available separately—more details to come.
Potential D2 HD Hoax
A new website named diablo2hd.com was noticed by mfw_high, with the message "Evil Has Survived" and a countdown on its front page. Players generally agree that it does not look legit, based on the style, domain and other factors. What do you think of it? Let us know in the comments!