If you were hoping Monday would bring more Blue info on the “cash for stash” revelations, you’re out of luck. The CMs kept replying to threads asking about it all weekend, but every time just to close new threads and point people back to the OP. Which has a lot of noise from fans but no additional Blue infos. They haven’t even confirmed the “China only” nature of the news, which we reported over the weekend.
There was a new Blue post today about something with content, at least. A fan asked if Patch 2.2.0 would debut the new zone, the Ruins of Sescheron, that was playable in the Blizzcon 2014 demo.
On a related note, did you know there’s a term for “fear of objects with irregular patterns of holes?” (Trigger warning for trypophobics!) The Rat King abides!
While we’re on the subject, is there anything in particular that you guys are looking forward to about Sescheron? Is it the new environments, new enemies, or the chance to learn more about a location we only got a glimpse of in Diablo II?
The area was playable and looked great in the Blizzcon demo, with snowy outdoor ruins set in the midst of an evergreen-filled mountain forest. But it wasn’t randomized; the three levels in the demo were premade and that’s probably where a lot of the finishing and fine tuning work is spent, as the devs make sure all the puzzle pieces will fit together neatly. Note that the Patch 2.2.0 preview said that some more of the original Diablo 3 areas are undergoing the same process and getting randomized to make them doable in Rifts, such as the Act Two surface desert areas.
If you want a peek at the Ruins of Sescheron, there’s not much to see. The area looked great in the Blizzcon demo, but Blizzard didn’t release a gameplay footage Blizzcon B-roll for RoS, nor even any new screenshots of the area. We’ve only got the memories of show attendees, and a couple of pics included with the Blizzcon 2014 artwork, which you can see below. The two best looks were art pieces which are best viewed in HolyKnight’s wallpaper renditions.
Note that the Ruins of Sescheron may not be just a Rifting tileset, but that the area is shown on the waypoint map as part of Act Three. Presumably it wouldn’t be stitched into the Campaign/Story mode, but you could get it for bounties, rather than just sometimes seeing the tileset as one floor in a Rift, like the Cesspools area added a few patches ago.