The long-awaited patch 2.0.1 for Blizzard's action RPG Diablo 3 has finally been made available to the public today, bringing a range of new features including the highly talked about Loot 2.0 system and Paragon 2.0 system. This new patch comes ahead of the game's first expansion, Reaper of Souls, which will herald in a new class and new story act.
The patch notes are long and rather in-depth, so to help filter through all the new additions and changes Blizzard has offered up a handy game guide for the new patch, which you can find here
. Of the major changes, the Loot 2.0 system is one that stands out the most, revamping the entire drop system in Diablo 3 plus adding in a new 'Smart Drop' system that attunes drops to the classes that find them, item binding for most crafted items, and an across-the-board buff for Legendary items that help make them feel more unique.
A new dynamic difficulty system was also introduced today that saw the removal of the previous Nightmare, Hell, and Inferno in favour of a system that alters monster levels according to your character's level. Five new difficulties were also introduced: Normal, Hard, Expert, Master, and Torment with Normal, Hard and Expert available instantly. Master unlocks upon completing Act IV and Torment is available upon reaching level 60 and also offers six additional level increases for those needing further difficulty.
Currently the new patch is available across the Americas region, with Europe and Asia receiving their versions shortly, though servers are at this time still down for maintenance. Blizzard has just revealed that a "hardware issue" has caused the server maintenance to be pushed back, and are expecting to go live come 2:00 PM AEST.
Will you be jumping back into Diablo 3 with this new content patch? Let us know in the comments below on your thoughts. Find the full patch notes available here
. You can also see more on what Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls has to offer in our four part closed beta diary - part one