Exciting news today for fans of Blizzard’s Diablo 3 action roleplaying game.
Patch 2.3 has been released and with it comes a wealth of new features in the game.
First off, there’s a new zone: The Ruins of Sescheron. You’ll be offered a quest to go explore there, and you’ll want to do that, because the second big feature will be found in that new zone. Kanai’s Cube is a new artifact that has a huge array of uses. It can extract one Legendary item’s special powers and allow your character to have that power even without equipping the item. You can only have one weapon, one armor, and one jewelry power active at once, but think about it, Diablo fans–you are basically getting three free legendary item effects. Of course, there’s a price. The cube destroys the item in extracting its power.
Kanai’s Cube does a huge array of other things, also. It can reroll an Legendary item as if it dropped again for the first time. It can transform a set item into a different piece of the same set. Are you tired of getting bracers when you want a belt? Well, here’s another chance for the random number gods to smile on you. You can upgrade rare items to legendary, you can remove the level requirements from an item so any character can equip it, you can convert a gem to another type of gem (got too many rubies and need some emeralds–you’re all set!), and you can convert one kind of crafting material into another.
Which is useful, because not only is Kanai’s Cube awesomely POWERFUL, it’s unbelievably VORACIOUS. In order to work its magic, you need crafting materials, of very specific kinds, and in large quantities. These crafting materials drop all over the game world now, with the new patch, but in specific areas. So if you want an Act III crafting material, you’ll have to go run bounties in Act III to get it. Or…you could use the cube to make some, IF you have the crafting materials to do THAT.
Let’s face it, the first rule of game design is make you play the darn game, right?
There are a vast number of changes to character classes, and I’ll leave those to the patch notes. But trust me, you’re going to have some learning to do. The biggest change is to bounties and rifts.
Bounties have been made more worthwhile, especially for crafting items that the endlessly hungry cube wants to gobble, but also for gold, bloodshards, and other tasty morsels. You can now run a regular Nephalem rift just because you want to, and you don’t have to endure that silly test of your power in order to skip ahead in Greater Rifts. You have a selector now, and you can just dial up the level of rift you want, capped at one level higher than you’ve successfully completed before.
All of these things are big quality of life improvements in Diablo 3, and Blizzard should get properly praised for adding so much stuff to a game that you don’t pay a monthly fee to play, nor is there an opportunity to spend cash inside the game itself. They’re not completely soft in the head, though. Diablo 3 just made #10 on the list of best-selling video games in history. Yeah. They’re moving some boxes, they are.
If you like playing seasons in Diablo 3, Season 4 started on Friday the 28th of August. So depending upon when this airs in your neck of the woods, you’re either on time or a couple days late. Best get cracking!
Diablo 3’s patch 2.3 is free, of course, just log in on your Battle Net account and let the client update your installed copy of the game. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some demons to crush…and apparently my cube is hungry again.
That’s Into Gaming, I’m Mark Lautenschlager.