With the release of their first expansion now in the hands of the public, Blizzard has revealed new details on what to expect in the first post-release patch for Diablo 3: reaper of Souls, including the introduction of seasons and ladder systems.
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), game director Josh Mosqueira announced the additions, stating, “I’m happy to say that as part of our first big content patch in a couple of months, we will be releasing Seasons, which will include a ladder-like aspect to them."
“We’re still working on them, but the general gist is that you’ll level up a new character, we’ll have specific ladders for Seasons, and also some goodies that will drop along the way. There’s more information of that to come, and we’re not making an announcement of when, but that’s coming in the first major content patch – not the first patch, but the first major content patch.”
Mosqueira also revealed that there will be season-exclusive Legendary items, which will be awarded for good ladder performance and through new Tiered Rifts. “For the current [Legendaries], we probably are not going to revisit them,” he added. “They all take time to do and I’d rather we were adding new legendary items, and the time is better spent on new legendary items than going back to refit old ones."
Those scratching their heads wondering what exactly Tiered Rifts are, Mosqueira stated that "There is another major feature in the patch 2.1, which is going to be what we’re internally calling tiered Rifts. The idea is a challenge scenario, where players do increasingly hard Rifts, to see who can get the farthest."
You do your bounties, you do a Nephalem Rift. If you clear it, there’s a chance to get a Greater Rift Token. If you successfully do that, you'll get a Greater Rift Key (rank 2), then Rank 3, etc.. Much like seasons, we’re going to have a leaderboard as well, so you can see who got to the highest tier Rift, and what time were they able to obtain on that.”
What are your thoughts on the new competitive systems? Will you participate in the ladders? How is your Reaper of Souls experience going so far? Let us know in the comments below!