Diablo 3 Introducing More Themed Seasons, New Legendary Powers

Blizzard promises more themed seasons, new class sets, and dozens of Legendary powers.

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Diablo 3 is more than seven years old, but Blizzard has kept it alive with ports and a slew of updates that have essentially made it a live game. More is on the way, as the developer has now shared a look at its plans for Diablo 3's future, including a commitment to communicate better with the fans.

First and foremost, Blizzard says the addition of themed seasons has been a huge boon to the game. These special rule sets added some variety for players who enjoy making regular Diablo runs but may have been growing tired of having a similar seasonal experience every few months. Blizzard says that Seasons 16 and 17 were among the most successful seasons overall; with Season 16 on PC almost tied Season 11, when the game introduced the Necromancer class.

To that end, Blizzard says it is working on more Themed Seasons, new sets for each class, and dozens of Legendary powers, along with the usual suite of balance changes. It also said that some quality-of-life and gameplay system updates are on the way too.

"These updates won't arrive all at once, so if you don't see something for your class right away, don’t worry; there's something coming for everyone," the blog states.

Blizzard also says that it plans to continue using the condensed public test realm (PTR) format, which limits the testing phase to a single week. The studio said it will give credit to great feedback from the community that results in actual changes to the game. Finally, Blizzard committed to "more frequent presence and interaction from our community team" to be more communicative.

This news comes as Blizzard prepares to wrap up Season 17 of the loot-based action RPG and roll into Season 18. Though the announcement that it will continue the trend of Themed Seasons gives us some insight about what we're in for next, the studio is likely to share more details as we approach the actual release.

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CyberEarth

We know you want Diablo 4, but here have these 'changes' that amount to a hill of beans. You're happy, right? You have phones, right?

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Atzenkiller

At this point I really have to wonder: what is Blizzard getting out of it? Since the release of the expansion and the removal of the auction house the only thing they've released for the game is the Necromancer dlc. Are they still making money from new game sales at this point? Cause the last time I played the game there were still no microtransactions anywhere, and I assume nothing has changed about that.

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KerrinScott

@Atzenkiller: I'm sure they're still generating sales. The game continues to change pretty substantially even without major expansions. There have been a slew of items, balance tweaks, quality of life stuff over the years...even post Necro.

I don't think I'll ever be able to love it even remotely as much as DII, but it's a pretty radically different game than it was at launch. And it certainly built up a substantial userbase. I mean, the final set of 1.14 patch releases for DII all came out in 2016, and they were very significant in terms of how they addressed various BNET issues, connectivity problems, and a few QoL changes people had been requesting for some time. They're still running ladder resets for goodness sakes...

All that is just to say - the fanbase is pretty damn large. I mean, D3 has ended up selling somewhere in the realm of 30 million units across all platforms. If even 500k of those folks are still generally active, still buying merch, still playing daily, still engaged and ready to be whales for whatever D4 ends up being, then, it makes perfect sense to keep that fanbase engaged.

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ecs33

What is Blizzard thinking?

Trying to keep Diablo 3 alive with little minor things.

Why did you bother with Diablo Immortal? I don't think Diablo is big in the Asian market and that is where the mobile game market shines.

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RonThallsBalls

“Blizzard has kept it alive”.... AHAHAHAHHAHHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA!!!!!!!!!!

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Mogan

@ronthallsballs: Not only is writing out derisive laughter in all caps super lame, you're also just wrong. It's a bad look.

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Warlord_Irochi

@ronthallsballs: Yes, because companies do that all the time: When a game is dead they keep developing and releasing stuff for it. Yup! for dead games. Games that nobody plays. Because that makes sense.

Think before you write something absurd.

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nefphlegm

<stop! stop! he's already dead!>