Diablo 3 has received its latest update on PC and consoles.
Patch 2.2 adds not one, not two, but three new legendary item sets to the game, as well as redesigning many of the current sets. The news that end-game players will be more interested in is that more than twenty new Legendary items have been added, while 30 existing Legendary items have been tweaked. The patch notes clarify that these changes will be retroactive – if you already have a set of armor or a legendary weapon, the new stats will be applied automatically, so you won’t need to go hunting for the updated version – assuming their stats are up to date after changes made in previous patches.
Three new goblins and several new Rift maps have also been added to the game, bringing a bit more variety to Rifts. And now when you pick up a gem or crafting material, all other gems or crafting materials within a certain radius will also be automatically looted.
Here are the notes:
- 3 new sets have been added to the game. Wrath of the Wastes for Barbarian, Unhallowed Essence for Demon Hunter, and Delsere’s Magnum Opus for Wizard.
- More than 10 of the existing sets have been redesigned, including at least one class-specific set for each class.
- Changes made to a set bonus will retroactively be updated, so players will not need to find new versions of these sets in order to benefit from these changes.
- Over 20 new Legendary items.
- More than 30 of the existing Legendary items have been redesigned.
- Old versions of these Legendary items found previous to this patch will not be automatically updated with redesigned powers, and will need to be found again to benefit from these changes.
Quality of Life Updates
- Looting crafting materials and gems is now easier.
- You will now increase your Blood Shard limit by completing Greater Rifts while solo.
- Regular potions are now bottomless, and no longer drop from monsters.
- Three new Treasure Goblins have been added to the game, and can only be found in Adventure Mode.
- Several monsters and Rift Guardians have been updated.
- Several new Rift maps have been added.
Considering the amount of grumbling from Diablo fans after the initial release of Diablo 3, Blizzard made pretty big strides when they managed to scrape things together with the Reaper of Souls expansion – big enough strides that Dale awarded it a score of 9/10 in his review.
“Reaper of Souls manages to fix the majority of the original game’s flaws, provides more than enough new gameplay to keep players going for a while, and fully justifies its price tag,” Dale wrote in his Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls Review. “If you played the original and didn’t like it – and there were many who didn’t – then you may well find yourself pleasantly surprised by this expansion.”
“It’s still not quite the direct continuation of Diablo 2′s famously addictive gameplay systems many wanted – and, no doubt will continue to demand – but it does an excellent job of finding an agreeable middle ground.”