Blizzard on “Pre-Downloading” Reaper of Souls


If you’ve logged onto Diablo 3 of late you’ve surely noticed that the loading screen is laden with Reaper of Souls enticements including game features, digital pricing options, and promisest hat you can pre-download the game. A fan asked WTF, and got Blue’d.

Is there somewhere we can pre-download RoS? It said somewhere that I could when I purchased it digitally.
Lylirra: Not yet! The exact date that the predownload will start is still TBD, but we’re targeting this month if all goes well. Note: this download will begin automatically (meaning, you shouldn’t need to do anything special).

Or will we automatically download all of RoS when the pre-expansion patch goes live? That would make sense, but you never know…
Lylirra: Similar to what we’ve done with other games, the pre-expansion patch (2.0.1) will contain all of the expansion data that’s on the normal disc. So, for players who don’t predownload, they’ll basically get everything that’s available whenever they patch up to 2.0.1.

Caveat: Expansion-only content like the Crusader, Act V, and Adventure Mode won’t be playable until March 25th and only players who purchase Reaper of Souls will have access to them.

Pre-downloading is what they do with all the WoW expansions, and it’s basically the same as installing the game from a CD-Rom, if you’ll forgive a reference to dirty and loathsome oldetech. You get the game in advance so on launch day you don’t have to pull the whole ~18gig client; you just need to patch to the current version, which lets you get to the “Error 37 Realm Down” messages without any delay!

Actually that’s probably not true. There may be some queues due to more players logging on than usual, but expansion launches are nothing like the crush and crash you usually see when a new game launches. WoW players tell me that expansion day launches for that game are generally trouble-free, in technical terms, so it’s reasonable to expect similar performance from Reaper of Souls.

Can has? Has want?

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  1. So people have to install all the RoS content even if theydont buy it 😀
    I understand why Blizzard does that, but kinda annoying for those with low harddrive space.

    Lylirra isnt perfectly clear though.
    “So, for players who don’t predownload, they’ll basically get everything that’s available whenever they patch up to 2.0.1.”
    Why have a predownload at all, if the patch has everything, and is released before RoS. That would make it the pre-download.

  2. Hell yeah!
    As far as I’m concerned they are heading in a great direction.
    I just hope they don’t mess it up…
    (monster density, drop rates, skill balancing and such)

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