The Blues haven’t said much this week, but as fans keep asking about more Reaper of Souls beta testing slots, and/or Diablo 3 going to the PTR, there are a couple of replies about it. One even including the dreaded soon™! Quote:
Grimiku: We’re going to launch our Public Test Region with patch 2.0.1 soon, and that will have some of the class changes, Paragon 2.0, Loot 2.0, and more. You can test that out when it goes live, and leave us feedback if you want. There’s a little more information about the PTR in this blog if you want to look through it.
We’re glad you’re so excited to test out what’s coming in Patch 2.0.1!
I don’t have a date to offer you for either the Closed Beta for Reaper of Souls (if you haven’t opted-in yet, you can do so here), or the upcoming PTR for Patch 2.0.1, so you’ll have to wait a little longer yet. But hang in there, because the weeks and months ahead are going to be awesome.
I’ve seen confusion about this, so note that he’s talking about Diablo 3 on the PTR. Not Reaper of Souls on the PTR. RoS will expand the beta testing pool at some point, but there’s no ETA on that. I wouldn’t expect it soon, but then again I had no inkling that we’d see the F&F Beta open up a week after Blizzcon, so expanded RoS beta could come sooner than anyone expects.
What is going to expand for everyone is Diablo 3 classic, which is getting big patches at some point before Reaper of Souls launches. (Most fans assume that at least Loot 2.0 will go live before the Match 18th Auction House shut down.) The full feature list of what’s coming to Diablo 3 hasn’t been made public and is probably still undergoing internal debate (they’ve stated that Adventure Mode is still being debated), but as Grimiku said above, Diablo 3 v2.0.1 will at least include Loot 2.0 and Paragon 2.0, presumably along with a full overhaul of the difficulty system which will remove Monster Power (and Nephalem Valor stacks? and give unto Diablo 3 players a system much like we see today in the Reaper of Souls beta.
Note that the Diablo 3 PTR will *not* include the Crusader, Act Five, or the level 70 increase, which means no fourth passive or the new skill for each class, since those only come in at level 61 and higher. You must buy Reaper of Souls to get those features, though there are many many lvl 1-60 skill tweaks and balances coming to Diablo 3 for free.
Personally, I’m a little surprised they’re overhauling Diablo 3 so much to match the Reaper of Souls features. I figured they’d do it more like WoW and other RPGs (such as Diablo 2), where there are big changes in each new expansion while the previous “live” game stays much as it was, for people who prefer that and don’t want to move onto the new expansion features.
Are you guys excited for big changes coming to Diablo 3? Or are most of you just watching the progress of Reaper of Souls and waiting your chance to move onto Reaper of Souls, ideally through the beta test?