Blizzard posted notice this afternoon, apparently using the word “soon” in unironic fashion. Reaper of Souls Season Two Ending Soon:
We’ve been thrilled to see so many players actively participating in Season 2 as well as on the PTR for our upcoming 2.2.0 patch. Your feedback has been integral in the great strides we’ve made towards not only our next patch, but our next Season. As we previously mentioned during our most recent Tavern Talk, we want to ensure our patching schedule provides the best player experience possible while allowing us to provide updates in a timely fashion. To facilitate this, we’re moving towards the following model:
We received a lot of feedback during Season 1 that thirty days was too long a time frame for an end of season announcement. For Season 2, we’d like to instead provide a two week notice. At the time of that notice, we will also provide the exact times that Season 2 will end as well as the date and exact times that Season 3 will begin.
Please note that this post is not the two-week warning. While we don’t have that information to share with you today, we want those of you participating in the current Season to know what to expect moving forward so you might plan accordingly to meet your Seasonal goals.
In the meantime, we wish all Season 2 challengers the best of luck, whether it’s knocking out a Conquest, putting together your perfect set of gear, seeing how high you can get in Greater Rifts, or wherever your adventures may take you.
While I was part of the majority that felt Season One dragged on too long, this feels much too soon. (Not “soon.” Just soon.) Season Two began on February 13th, which my calendar tells me wasn’t even a month ago. Season One went for 5 months, but I figured S2 would run ~3 months, giving everyone time to build up a main, experiment wit a few Alts, try some diff builds, experiment with the next Patch on the PTR and then go back to Live, etc.
Apparently Blizzard is operating on a much more accelerated time scale, and I can’t see why they’d give us notice of this “two weeks notice” and then wait two months to deploy it. Which makes me expect that S2 will run for 2 months, or even less. Does this seem too soon to you guys? Or just right? And given this announcement, when you do expect Season Two to end?
Update: Season Three testing has begun on the PTR, with all current chars merged together into non-seasonal. (Though it seems like Bliz just force melded them, since there’s not Paragon Points added up or item email stash issues.) You can only be Seasonal now on the PTR by creating a new character and starting fresh.
Update #2: Lots of PTR tech problems trying to play a S3 char. (Me and two others did brand new Barbs, which are a lot of fun with 300% exp and 2000% legs.) Twice in under an hour the entire game locked up and the only escape was to alt-tab and shut down D3, and then when trying to log back the system couldn’t load my characters.
Putting the “T” back in PTR, unfortunately.