Botters are never safe. We just can't talk about our processes or procedures because it's a constant development war; their programs versus ours.
It's not something we've ever stopped doing or working on. But we can't and won't talk about it because it's an arms race, and we won't give up an advantage for the sake of transparency. This is one of those few places where transparency isn't necessarily the right answer.
I'm efforting, I promise!
We have too many different game teams at Blizzard to not be stepping on someones toes, pretty much all the time. Not each game shares the same audience while some have more cross-over than others, but for the most part, we're all doing what we do independently out of necessity.
Sort of a different way of looking at "it's out when it's ready."
So, does this mean Patch 2.6.6 hits live on Tuesday 20th?
Patch 2.6.6 hits sometime between now and 8/23, and we (generally) patch on Tuesdays.
That’s not a guarantee, but it’s a a pretty reasonable estimation to make.
Personal opinion here (and anyone who's met me IRL has heard this spiel), but I like to think of Diablo as a "comfort food" game. Sometimes you just have that craving for a very specific experience. You know Diablo is going to give that to you, reliably, until you've had your fill. And the next time you want it, it'll still be there and, most likely, provide a very similar experience.
But just like any favorite food, you don't necessarily want it all the time. There's nothing wrong with that! Coming back to it once in a while is what keeps it special and beloved. I don't play the game 24/7, and honestly, wouldn't want to; I like all kinds of games, and I have other competing hobbies too. But I very much love coming back each Season, playing with friends or my fiancee, reaching my goals, and doing it all over again the next time the reset happens. I suspect I'm not alone there. :)
We wanted to, but didn't have the ability to fit it in to Season 18. It's not off the table for there to be additional bonuses for future Seasons (similar to Season 17's extra set of Wings), it just wasn't in the cards for S18.
I promised by end of week, didn't I? <3
Season 18: Season of the Triune Begins 8/23 ▪️ Triune's Will Buff ▪️ New Legendary Items ▪️ New Legendary Gem More… https://t.co/Cf9jV24pbS
Season 18 begins August 23, alongside the latest Diablo III patch. Read on to learn more about the all-new Season of the Triune buff, the heap of brand-new Legendary powers, and handful of crafted item reworks in store for Patch 2.6.6!
Season 18 introduced the Season of the Triune, a call-back to an ancient cult forged over three millennia ago by the Prime Evils of the Burning Hells. Masquerading as three benevolent deities dedicated to Determination, Creation, and Love, the Prime Evils sought to infiltrate the hearts of men in a bid to tilt the odds in their favor in the ongoing Eternal Conflict. Ultimately defeated by Uldyssian during the Sin War, the remnants of the Cult of the Triune still operate today as the more well-known Coven, whom continue the work of Adria and Magdha even after their deaths.
For the duration of Season 18, all players will benefit from the Power of the Triune buff, which will periodically summon circles around the battlefield that provide one of three random buffs:
We wanted to try something different this Season, and especially wanted to provide a change to your gameplay from the very first moment you begin your journey. This buff alters gameplay from level 1 to level 70 and beyond, providing an enticing reason to move around the battlefield to leverage these powerful boosts. We’re looking forward to seeing how players utilize these ancient powers from their first level to their final Greater Rift push!Season 18 Cosmetic Rewards
Beginning with Season 17, we began re-introducing previous Seasonal rewards to make them available to players who may have missed them the first time around. For Season 18, this means awards that were originally available from Season 6 are returning to the Season Journey.
In addition to the Chest and Gloves slots of the exclusive Conqueror Set, players will be able to earn a series of portrait frames bedecked with the mysterious beauty of Blood Shards. A ghastly All Hallow’s pennant will also be available, allowing you to proudly proclaim your love for all things grim and creepy.Season Journey Rewards
If you’ve been diligently slaying demons for the past few Seasons and reached Conqueror in the Season Journey each time, you’ve surely accrued a few extra stash tabs. You’ll earn one additional tab each Season by finishing the Conqueror tier, up to a maximum of five:
Want to prepare your Conquest plan for Season 18? Here are the challenges you’ll face!
Push your way to Greater Rift level 75 to complete Divinity/Lionhearted. On a Good Day/I Can’t Stop guides you to get your Legendary Gem grind on; level three Legendary Gems to 65 to complete this challenge! For the speedy, Speed Demon/Need for Speed requires the fastest nephalem to complete a Nephalem Rift at level 70 on Torment X or higher in under two minutes. For Curses!/Stars Align, pick any Cursed Chest event that requires killing monsters and defeat over 350 or more at level 70 on Torment X or higher. For the fiercest demon slayers, Boss Mode/World’s Apart is a speed challenge where you’ll need to eliminate the following bosses at level 70 and Torment X in under twenty minutes:
Finally, the Class Sets rewarded for completing certain chapters in the Season Journey courtesy of Haedrig’s Gift have rotated once more. We’ve listed the available Sets below. For those new to Seasons, here’s how it works:
Completing Chapters 2, 3, and 4 of the Season Journey will reward you with three of Haedrig’s Gifts. Each Gift contains a few pieces from one of your Class Sets. Players can only unlock one Class Set in this manner per Season across Hardcore and Non-Hardcore, so choose wisely!
The set you will receive depends on the class of the character you’re playing when you open each Haedrig’s Gift. To collect a full Class Set, you’ll need to open all three on the same character.
Here are the sets granted by Haedrig’s Gift in Season 18:
Below you will find the patch notes for the most recent update for Diablo III, Patch 2.6.6. Changes from the PTR have been highlighted in RED.PATCH 2.6.6
Table of Contents:
Note: All changes apply to all versions of Diablo III, including PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC unless otherwise indicated.
PTR-Specific Bug Fixes
Q: When does Season 18 start?
A: Season 18 begins Friday, August 23 at 5:00 p.m. PDT in North America, 5:00 p.m. CEST in Europe, and 5:00 p.m. KST in Asia. For time zone conversion, see this site.
Q: When do Seasons go live for players on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch?
A: Seasons go live for all console players globally Friday, August 23 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, regardless of which regional version of the game you may have. Please note that Seasonal Leaderboards for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch are still separate by hardware platform.
Q: When will Season 18 end?
A: We are no longer providing anticipated end dates for Seasons. However, we are committed to keeping Seasons roughly three months in length (give or take a few weeks based on development needs) and will continue to provide a minimum of two weeks advance notice for when the Season will be ending.
Q: When are the non-Seasonal Leaderboards being wiped?
A: Non-Seasonal Leaderboards are tied to what we call “Eras,” each of which lasts about 6–12 months. The most recent era began January 8. For more information on Eras, please see this post.
Q: What will happen to older Seasonal and Era records?
A: Starting with Season 10, we removed old personal bests from Season 1. When Season 18 arrives, we will remove old personal bests from Season 9, and so on. We will be doing the same for personal bests from the previous Era when the next one goes live.
Seasonal Leaderboard records are not being cleared and will remain archived both in game and on our website.
Themed Seasons are continuing to evolve as we venture into the future, and we’re quite excited to see where this one leads. Are you looking forward to the Season of the Triune? How do you think you’ll utilize the powers the Triune will bestow upon you? Share your thoughts below and we’ll see you in Season 18!
To clarify, I would totally wear a cape if asked.
Edna Mode be damned.
Yep! But not all feedback comes to fruition right away... or ever. Having the discussion is still really healthy for the community, as feedback (even if we don't utilize it as-presented) gives us a view of what's most important to players. That overall view is something we're checking in on more often than anything.
I certainly spend the most time on the official forums over everywhere else, but I spend time here on reddit, our social media channels, various livestreamers' chats... even lurking in General chat on the live game.
I'd say wherever you're most comfortable, but I'm almost certainly going to check the forums (especially the PTR Feedback forums when they're live) in the most volume.