Blizzard has posted their usual announcement of the 8 hour Tuesday evening maintenance. We had speculation that Diablo 3 Patch 1.0.8 might go live last week during that downtime, but it did not come to pass. Perhaps if we all rabble rabble rabble about it now, maybe it’ll come true this week!

    We will be performing scheduled game maintenance for Diablo 3 on Tuesday, May 7th. Maintenance will begin at 3:00 AM PDT and is expected to last for 8 hours. During this time Diablo 3 will not be available for play. In addition, many web services may be unavailable.

    I sincerely hope the patch does go up tomorrow night, and not just because I’m so ready to farm somewhere other than Act 3, and want some proper rewards to encourage me to bulk up to higher MP levels instead of just speed farming MP0/1. In addition to the patch features, next week brings us Diablo 3’s One Year Anniversary, and we are going to be posting a bunch of anniversary stuff all week. (And so is Blizzard, I think.) Would launching a major game content patch the day before the May 15th Anniversary be a celebration, or a distraction?

    Anyone got a bet/feeling for v1.08 coming now? There hasn’t been many changes of consequence to the PTR version for the past week+ (just various tweaks to monster exp values), so it seems like it might be ready to go public now…

    Update: As pointed out in comments, datamining of the v1.08 patch on the PTR has found some hidden bonuses that are not yet operable, but seem to be themed to the upcoming Diablo 3 Anniversary.

    Game Code:Description:
    Anniversary_Buff_EXPMF_0_descYour Magic Find and Experience gain are increased.
    Anniversary_Buff_EXPMF_0Happy Anniversary, Diablo III
    IGR_Buff_EXPMF_0_descYour Magic Find and Experience gain are increased.
    IGR_Buff_EXPMF_0IGR Perk

    Numerical values for these bonuses are not present in the game code, so we don’t know how much of a boost players will (apparently) receive, or if this bonus will only be on May 15th or for longer than that… but there’s definitely a plan for a bonus. That seems to indicate the patch will be live by May 15th, which means this Tuesday’s maintenance or perhaps next week’s, at the latest.

    (IGR – Internet Game Rooms, which are a major player location on the Asian Realms. Presumably the bonus will be different, in some fashion, for players from gaming cafes.)

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