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Ultimate Evil Edition Release

The Ultimate Evil Edition launch is upon us! Starting tomorrow (or rather, tonight at midnight), you will be able to experience the Reaper of Souls content on console. We had a blue post earlier today as a reminder, and a heads-up to those who play Hardcore and want to use the new Apprentice feature in that game mode.

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Greetings adventurers,

We can’t wait to open the gates of Westmarch on console tomorrow! Before all hell breaks loose, though, we do want to make clear that Apprentice Mode will not be available in Hardcore mode. If a lower level Hardcore character joins a higher level character on console, their stats and abilities will remain unaffected, and they'll be that much more at risk of a gruesome and untimely death. With that said, Apprentice Mode will still be available for Normal characters in Ultimate Evil Edition across all supported platforms.

We wish all of you the best of luck in your campaigns against the Angel of Death, and look forward to seeing you in battle!

Season 4 Incoming

Season 3 has ended on the PTR and Season 4 will begin shortly. A blue post came up earlier today on the official forums with the specific time schedule, as well as reiterating the rules on roll-overs and what the Pre-Season is. Check it out!

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Greetings nephalem!

Within the next hour, we will be closing PTR Season 3 and begin preparation to launch PTR Season 4. Below is estimated timeline for how (and when) this process will work.

  • 2:30 p.m. PDT: All PTR participants in the Seasonal games will receive an in-game message noting that PTR Season 3 will be coming to a close at approximately 3 p.m. PDT
  • 3:00 p.m. PDT: PTR Season 3 will end, all active Seasonal games will close, and the Season roll-over will begin. For more information about Season roll-overs, click here.
  • 3:30 p.m. PDT: In preparation for PTR Season 3, we will bring the PTR down for maintenance at approximately 3:30 p.m. PDT. We currently anticipate around 1 hour of downtime.
  • 4:30 p.m. PDT: PTR maintenance will conclude, and we will begin pre-season for PTR Season 4. For more information about pre-seasons, click here.
  • 5:00 p.m. PDT: PTR Season 4 will begin and all PTR participants will receive an in-game notification. At this time, Seasonal heroes and Seasonal games can be created. In addition, the Seasonal shared stash, Paragon experience, currency, artisans, achievements, leaderboards, and Personal Best records will all be reset.

Please note that all times listed above are subject to change. If there are any modifications to this schedule, we’ll be sure to update this post as soon as possible.

Seasons Clarifications

Today's blue posts had a reminder that Seasons are not mandatory, and you can enjoy a lot of Patch 2.1 features without having to create a Seasonal character; as well as a clarification that Seasonal Hardcore characters are converted into Normal Hardcore ones at the end of said Season.

Originally Posted by Blizzard

Seasons Optional
I really want to play ladder, but I really want to have a very good character and continue to upgrade my level 70 wizard.
You can absolutely play your Seasonal characters and continue to play your non-Seasonal ones on the side. (That's what I'll be doing, too.)

Those who want to stay at the top of the Leaderboards will need to play their Seasonal character(s) regularly, but there's no rule that says you have to play for the entire Season. For instance, you could complete the Conquests and hunt down the Season-exclusive Legendary items you want before switching to play your non-Seasonal characters for the duration.
If you don't play on the ladder, the season-only legendaries will roll into the normal loot pool (ie, your current 70) at the season's conclusion.
CyberGoat beat me to it (or perhaps bleat me to it)! Seasonal Legendary items will roll over into the non-Seasonal loot pool after the current Season ends. Items, gold, blood shards, crafting materials, Paragon experience, Artisan progression, achievements, and any new recipes or stash tabs earned during the Season will also roll over.

More information can be found here: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/blog/15198713/ 
(Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
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Hardcore Characters on Seasons
Hi all.

At one point I heard rumor that after 2.1 is Live your Hardcore character would become soft-core upon death. Is this the case or was this just rumor and wishful thinking?
Hardcore characters will not be converted into Normal mode characters. If you have a Hardcore Seasonal character when a Season concludes, it remains Hardcore but becomes non-Seasonal. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Posts Round-Up

We've had a few blue posts related to the console version of the game, which is coming out tomorrow. Check the roundup below!

Originally Posted by Blizzard

Pre Order Items Not Appearing
pre ordered and downloaded at 100% says I have the addon but the bonuses are not anywhere ingame
It's expected that some folks won't have access to the pre-order items until the game officially goes live on August 19th. Of course, we'll keep an eye on things to make sure those items are being appropriately distributed once the switches are flipped. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
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Local Coop and PS+
If my friend who is also getting diablo 3 on the ps4 wants to play local coop can they sign in with their PS id on my PS and have their progress saved?

Presumably they would need to download their save file from PS+ to load their character and then upload it after?
They don't necessarily need PS+ to transfer. Your friend would log into PSN through their own account that is set up on your PS4. Then after you both were done playing, they could go back into their account on your PS4, export the save file via USB, and then import that on their own console when they have the game. 

Without PS+ your friend will be unable to export/import from PSN. With that said, their game data will still be recorded on their account profile (in your system), when you both play local co-op from your system. Hope that helps clear that up! (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
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Save Import from PS3 to PS4
I don't think you can manually import from PS3 to PS4 with a usb stick. You have to export the save game from within Diablo, you can't just copy a PS3 save directly to PS4 as they are different formats I would imagine.
This is correct. 

The previous save file alone, will not be sufficient. In order to transfer the save file, you will need to have a copy of Diablo III - this can be a digital or physical copy. It doesn't have to be the original version that you previously had. When the game accesses the online network it will patch up to 1.0.4 (PlayStation) or 1.0.3 (Xbox). The game will then have an option in the 'more' section, which allows for the exportation of the game data. This option is found after you select 'more' on the main options panel within the game. Shortly thereafter, you will see a confirmation that the save file has been exported. 

When you acquire Ultimate Evil Edition and start the game, a message will pop up which asks you if you want to import the saved data. If you do not see this message, you can go into the options for Ultimate Evil Edition and choose to import data. If import data is found, you will then see a confirmation that the game data has been imported, and your characters will then be accessible from the selection screen.

If you do not have access to the original game and console, you would not be able to export that game data. Our support article about this process can be found here.

Edit: For clarification - the Battle.net account step is not required if you're going from the same brand (e.g. PS3 > PS4). However, doing so will still reward accounts with the Signet Ring of the Blizzard(Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
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New Features Not Next Gen Exclusive
Will features like the Nemesis enemies, friend mailing and Apprentice mode be exclusive to XB1/PS4 versions of the game, or will they be featured on 360 and PS3 as well? Thanks.
The mail system, Nemesis system, and Apprentice mode are included in every version of UEE, and are not exclusive to next gen consoles. 

Personally, I play on a last gen system, and immediately noticed the mailbox when I was in town. However, I haven't been able to test the other systems yet, but I have a feeling I will be pretty soon. :) (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Hellfire Amulet Guide

With Patch 2.1 coming closer, it is a good time to remind those who intend to come back about the Hellfire Amulet.

The Legendary amulet can be obtained in a similar fashion as the Hellfire Ring and will roll a random Passive (for the class that crafts it) as its special affix. Our member Natalya85 has made a very in-depth guide on how to craft the item, with useful info on the Uber Bosses and Keywardens, and how you can prepare for Patch 2.1 by farming the materials right now. Check it out below!

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