Blizzard has posted a status update, letting us know that we've got one final weekend of testing. Patch 2.4 PTR Ends Monday: In preparation for the launch of Patch 2.4.0, the Patch 2.4.0 PTR servers will be brought offline on Monday, January 11 at 5:00 p.m. PST. At that time, players will no longer be able to log into the PTR client, and PTR accounts (including character information) will be reset. We've marked our PTR forums as read-only as part of our preparations. We will be removing access to the PTR forums when the PTR goes offline, so please take some time to archive any of your posts or information you may want to reference later. We'd like to thank everyone who has participated in the Patch 2.4.0 PTR. You've done an incredible job of testing and providing feedback, and we greatly appreciate all your efforts! We look forward to releasing Patch 2.4.0 to the public shortly and look forward to seeing you in Season 5! [source]http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/20418712352[/source] D3 patches generally go live Tuesday mornings after the Monday night maintenance, Season Five begins Friday night the 15th... so it looks like we'll get a short week of patch availability before S5 goes off next weekend. Excite? Though now we've got notice, some players wanted it earlier and clearer. Blue on why you can't always get what you want: Yeah, it really would be nice if they could communicate, even a small tweet saying "as of now we are planning on Day X, but please keep in mind this is subject to change due to potential bugs, etc..." Nevalistis: We have a philosophy of launching patches between Season transitions, and not while a Season is currently active. This leaves a window of possible patch dates; sometime between Season 4 ending and Season 5 beginning. We also, typically, deploy patches on Tuesdays (for North America). However, deployment dates can suddenly shift, including down to the last minute. Technology can be a fickle mistress, and unforeseen circumstances can arise. This is why we don't provide firm patch release dates. However, we know a lot of players want to plan their time around new content or the start of the new Season. Announcing a more firm Season date is a way to meet in the middle.[source]http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/20418542108?page=3#55[/source] We all know it doesn't really make any difference if they tell us when the date will be a bit earlier... we'll still have to wait until it appears. But knowing makes the wait more bearable? Continue reading the Original Blog Post.