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Diablo 3 Season 24 release date: When does the new season start?

New details regarding Diablo 3 have been revealed today, including when Blizzard plans to start Season 24.

New loot and special rewards are being planned for the new season, which will start after the next update has been deployed.

One big change being planned is the introduction of a new weapon type that will be available as part of the Season 24 Journey.

“Ethereals will roll a powerful set of affixes, a random Class Weapon Legendary Power and a random Class Passive Power,” a message from Blizzard reveals.

“Ethereals will have unique icons, names, item types, and sounds originally found in Diablo II.”

The tie-in with Diablo 2 makes sense as the remastered version of the game will be hitting shelves in September, crossing over with Diablo 3 Season 24.

According to Blizzard, Ethereals are account bound and can only be dropped by monsters, chests, and destructibles, and do not require your character to be level 70 to drop.

Ethereal rarity drop rate is set between Ancient and Primal items, and there are three unique Ethereals per class.

“Collecting all 21 Ethereals during Season 24 will reward players with the Feat of Strength, Ethereal Recollection. Players who accomplish this will have all Ethereal transmogrify options available for future seasonal and non-seasonal play.

“Ethereals only drop in Seasonal play, and will not transfer to your non-seasonal character when the season ends.”

WHEN DOES DIABLO 3 SEASON 24 START?

Blizzard has confirmed that the Diablo 3 Season 24 start date has been set for Friday, July 23, 2021.

The development team has also revealed that they will be launching all the new content at 5pm PDT.

However, it should be noted that while this has been set for local time in most areas, the PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch release is usually tied to 5pm PDT.

This means that some gamers might have to wait until July 24 to start playing through the new season of content.

Further details regarding the new Season Journey can be found below, courtesy of Blizzard:

NEW SEASON THEME

As the Nephalem reflect on Sanctuary’s history, instruments of power from a bygone era resurface.

These ethereal memories will grant those persistent enough to search for them unimaginable power. Legends of the past will manifest once more in the present, and you must decide how to best use these gifts—for ethereal power is fugacious by nature, and will soon return to being no more than a myth.

Diablo II left us with fond memories when it released more than 20 years ago, and with Diablo® II: ResurrectedTM launching in September 2021, we’d like to introduce a seasonal theme to honor that legacy.

For this seasonal theme, we were inspired to reimagine how Ethereal items could manifest in Diablo III, with 21 iconic weapons from Diablo II making a return. In Season 24, Ethereals are rare, powerful, and fleeting items.

SEASON JOURNEY REWARDS

If you’ve been playing the past few Seasons diligently and reached Conqueror in the Season Journey each time, you’ve accrued a few extra stash tabs. Players who have not yet earned a total of four stash tabs via the Season Journey can still unlock an additional one by completing the following tasks at the Conqueror tier:

  • Complete a Torment XIII Rift in under 5 minutes
  • Complete Greater Rift 60 solo
  • Kill Greed on Torment XIII
  • Kill Queen Araneae on Torment XIII in under 30 seconds
  • Reforge a Legendary or Set item
  • Augment an Ancient item with a Level 50 or greater Legendary Gem
  • Level three Legendary Gems to 55
  • Complete two Conquests

Author: Gary Jones
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Diablo 2 early access beta confirmed with release date news and pre-orders

Diablo 2 Resurrected received a new gameplay trailer during the Microsoft E3 event.

Around the midway point of the Microsoft and Bethesda showcase, Xbox fans were given a closer look at the classic dungeon crawler.

According to the new gameplay trailer, Diablo 2 Resurrected has a September 23 on PC, Xbox, PlayStation and Switch.

Furthermore, fans can get early access to the Diablo 2 Resurrected beta by pre-ordering the game.

“On September 23rd, Evil will be resurrected,” reads a Blizzard tweet. “Pre-order Diablo II: Resurrected for early access to the open beta.”

“Diablo II: Resurrected is a remastered version of the quintessential action RPG Diablo II.

“Pursue the mysterious Dark Wanderer and fight the denizens of hell as you uncover the fate of the Prime Evils Diablo, Mephisto, and Baal, now in up to 4K (2160p) resolution on PC.”

The game includes all of the content from the original game and its Lord of Destruction expansion.

You can check out the new Diablo 2 gameplay by clicking play on the video below.

“Diablo II: Resurrected includes all content from both Diablo II and its epic expansion Diablo II: Lord of Destruction,” Blizzard continues.

“Battle your way through icy caverns, horrific tombs filled with undead abominations, and frozen wastelands to the frigid summit of Mount Arreat and stop Baal, the Lord of Destruction.

“Raise hell with two Lord of Destruction playable classes—the cunning Assassin, master of traps and shadow disciplines, and the savage Druid, a bold shapeshifter and summoner who commands primal elemental magic.”

Elsewhere during the event, Microsoft announced the Starfield release date. The Bethesda role-playing game will launch next year exclusively for Xbox.

Not only that, but Starfield will be available as a free download at launch for Xbox Game Pass subscribers.

Speaking of Xbox Game Pass, it was also revealed that co-op shooter Back 4 Blood will be available to subscribers at launch.

If you subscribe to Xbox Game Pass, you’ll be able to download and play the game for free from October 13.

Other announcements include news of a free Pirates of the Caribbean update for Sea of Thieves, as well as a Stalker 2 release date.

Fans were also given a look at Battlefield 2042, specifically its incredible weather systems.

The new game in the Battlefield series will be available on October 22.

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Diablo 2 Alpha release date and Resurrected Alpha launch time revealed

It won’t be long before the first public test of Diablo 2 Resurrected on PC, with more plans in place to expand it to a second technical launch.

For now, the upcoming Diablo 2 Alpha will be limited to the PC platform, with everyone who has signed up having a chance of being chosen.

The only downside is that there will only be a small group chosen from the fans who have joined the technical test.

The Diablo 2 Alpha will only include a limited amount of content, but it sounds like there will be plenty to explore.

Here’s what Blizzard has confirmed as part of the Diablo 2 Alpha Techincal experience:

The Sightless Eye

Players will begin their adventure from the Rogue Encampment, a quaint site populated by survivors of the Sisterhood of the Sightless Eye, as they begin their search for the Dark Wanderer. However, an obstacle blocks the path, the one who supplanted the Sisterhood from the Rogue Monastery stands in between you and the way east. Confront Andariel, Maiden of Anguish, in a climactic showdown.

The Secret of the Vizjerei

If successful, the pursuit continues. Players will travel eastward to the Jewel of the Desert, the city of Lut Gholein. Although, this trading port isn’t the beautiful pinnacle of commerce it used to be. Following the Dark Wanderer’s visit, it is rife with evil. At night townspeople go missing and there are rumors of undead abominations skulking in the sewers.

WHEN DOES THE DIABLO 2 ALPHA START ON PC?

The Diablo 2 Alpha release date has been scheduled for Friday, April 9, at 3pm BST and will only be open to only those how have been invited.

A limited selection of players who opted-in for Technical Alpha will be chosen randomly for access and will receive instructions on how to participate via email.

Blizzard has also confirmed that the Diablo 2 Alpha will conclude for all testers on Monday, April 12, at 6pm BST.

Time is running out to find out if you have been selected for the technical test and Blizzard has said that everyone should have received the good news by 7am PST on Friday.

During the D2R Alpha, participants will be able to choose from three of the seven classes and be able to play through the entirety of the first two Acts of the game.

This will include choosing between the Barbarian, the swift and agile Amazon, or the spell slinging Sorceress.

Blizzard has also teased that during the technical test, at least one user will be chosen to take part in a future Alpha by watching selected Twitch streams.

The development team has also warned that the Diablo 2 Alpha will be single-player, telling gamers this week:

“Diablo II: Resurrected will launch with multiplayer, however, for the scope of this test we will be focusing on early game systems, the three playable classes, and client performance data. We will be including multi-player in an upcoming playable testing phase.

“Although the Technical Alpha is single-player, an internet connection is still required to download the client and play the single-player in the test. The final game will permit off-line play in single-player mode, but you will be required to connect to the internet periodically to check for updates.”

Diablo 2 Resurrected Alpha – Release date news coming this week?

Blizzard is launching a hotly anticipated remake this year, and a recent update suggests we could be finding out more about it very soon.

As part of the Diablo 2 Resurrected release, the development team plans at least two Alpha tests.

This will help balance gameplay and work out any kinks when it comes to the overall experience.

This will also provide a way for Blizzard to gather vital information from the fans testing the game.

And from what has been shared by Inven this week, there could be a Diablo 2 Resurrected Alpha kicking off this week.

Based on the information listed on the South Korean site, big Diablo 2 news could be shared on April 9.

The translated report from Inven reads: “Diablo 2: Resurrection received approval for a test game from the Game Management Committee on the 1st.

“According to the announcement,’Diablo 2: Resurrection’ will be tested from April 9th ​​to 13th. The number of evaluation personnel is stated as 19,999. Diablo 2: Resurrection received a rating that youths are not allowed to use.”

This suggests that the first Diablo 2 Alpha could be arriving this week, however, Blizzard has not shared any details on its plans yet.

So like with all reports, it will be worth taking this latest update with a big pinch of salt until we learn more from Blizzard.

A warning from Blizzard reads: “Just a heads-up to everyone interested in Diablo II: Resurrected and the Tech Alpha…

“Don’t fall for scams. I’ve seen numerous places state they are running contests or giving away access. That isn’t true. The best way to get in is to opt-in on http://Diablo2.com.”

For those who would prefer a more nostalgic experience, players will be able to freely switch back-and-forth between the modern graphics and the original experience at any time with the press of a button.

And while Diablo II: Resurrected may look like an all-new game, Diablo II’s signature gameplay and systems are completely intact, quirks and all, adding a few highly requested quality of life improvements, such as a shared stash.

The full description adds: “Diablo II was a pivotal game for Blizzard and millions of players around the world. With Diablo II: Resurrected, we’re excited to bring this classic back to PC and also to consoles – with cross-progression on supported platforms – so that players can relive their memories, or experience Diablo II’s timeless gameplay for the first time, on their platform of choice,’ said J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard Entertainment.”

Diablo 3 Season 23 start time and release date news for PS4 and Xbox One

Diablo 3 Season 23 is kicking off for gamers on PC, PS4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch, with the latest episode refreshing a few features and loot options.

The Disciples of Sanctuary is going to bring new rewards and Legendary Items to the game, as well as returning cosmetic items for those who might have missed out in the past.

The good news is that D3 has already received its big Sanctuary update, meaning Blizzard only needs to flip a switch.

And the Diablo 3 Season 23 start date has been set for Friday, April 2, 2021, with an official launch schedule shared by the development team earlier this week.

This includes the Season 23 release time, although there has been no official news if console and PC players will be treated differently.

PC players usually have the shortest wait time, with other seasons of Diablo 3 launching on Battle.Net ahead of the PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch versions.

There’s a good chance this will be in place for this week, meaning console gamers may have to wait a little longer.

DIABLO 3 SEASON 23 RELEASE TIME NEWS

Blizzard revealed that the Diablo 3 Season 23 release date, scheduled for Friday, April 2, 2021.

The development team has revealed that Diablo 3 Season 23 will start at 5pm. For most players, this will mean 5pm local time.

Season 23 begins at 5:00 p.m. PDT in North America, 5:00 p.m. CEST in Europe, and 5:00 p.m. KST in Asia.

Meanwhile, Diablo 3 console gamers may not gain access to Season 23 until around 1am BST on Saturday, November 21, if Blizzard does connect the console launch with the North America PC launch.

Season 23 is expected to run for at least three months but it wouldn’t be surprising to find it ending in July.

This means that there will be plenty of time to earn all the rewards, with loot from past seasons coming back to the game.

For Season 23, this means rewards that were originally available from Season 11 are returning to the Season Journey.

A message from Blizzard explains: “Pet collectors will be pleased to see the return of the Emerald Dragon… and, in addition to the Pant and Boot slots of the exclusive Conqueror Set, the Treasure Goblins portraits will be available.

“However, we know it’s nice to have something new to aim for if you’ve participated in previous Seasons. We’re continuing to provide new End of Journey rewards as introduced in Season 17, with two new cosmetic ones for those who complete the entirety of the Season journey.”

There will also be a revamped Follower System going live, with fans able to equip Followers with a total of 14 different item slots which include the Follower Relic Item, Helm, Shoulders, Chest, Gloves, Bracers, Belt, 2 Rings, Neck, Pants, Boots, main-hand weapon, and off-hand.

Meanwhile, the Season Journey kicking off this week will also include a fresh Class Set for those who complete specific chapters, with Blizzard revealing: “Completing Chapters 2, 3, and 4 of the Season Journey will reward you with three of Haedrig’s Gifts.

“These contain 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 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.”

Haedrig’s Gift in Season 23 includes the following:

  • Monk – Raiment of a Thousand Storms
  • Demon Hunter – Unhallowed Essence
  • Crusader – Roland’s Legacy
  • Wizard – Tal Rasha’s Elements
  • Barbarian – Wrath of the Wastes
  • Witch Doctor – Helltooth Harness
  • Necromancer – Bones of Rathma

Diablo 3 Season 23 start date: When is Season 22 ending?

BlizzCon was dominated by the popular dungeon crawler franchise, but the Diablo 3 Season 23 start date is the next big event in the calendar.

So while there is some exciting new project to look forward to, gamers are currently trying to work out when Season 22 will be ending?

The good news is that a few more clues have appeared online since the start of March, giving us a clearer idea of when the current Diablo season will be wrapping up.

But even though we’re gliding past the four-month mark, the Diablo 3 Season 23 start date might be scheduled for April.

For now, gamers are working on how Blizzard has handled past seasonal launches, meaning much boils down to educated guesswork.

But it certainly sounds like the big Season 23 update will be coming to Diablo 3 on PS4, Xbox One and PC very soon.

WHEN DOES DIABLO 3 SEASON 23 START?

We have new information regarding when Diablo 3 Season 23 will start and when Diablo 3 Season 22 will end.

With the Diablo 3 Season 22 end date now scheduled for Sunday, March 28, we now have two reliable predictions on what will happen next.

Based on previous updates made by Blizzard to the game, the Diablo 3 Season 23 start date is expected to be scheduled for Friday, April 9.

There is a small chance that things could kick off sooner, perhaps on April 2, if Blizzard chooses to break its habits.

But most people are betting on Diablo Season 23 to kick off closer to mid-April, with an announcement expected the week before.

There is also the question of whether the Diablo 3 Seasonal calendar will change due to the upcoming Diablo 2 Resurrected Alpha tests.

Set to kick off later this year, Blizzard will want to have the most dedicated Diablo players working through the new Alpha to guarantee strong feedback.

There has been no word on when the first tests will be taking place, or how long they might last, but gamers can sign up for the new test in March.

For now, all this must be treated as prediction, with more news expected to be shared by Blizzard in the coming weeks.

The Diablo 3 support team have been busy testing out a new version of the game, with PTR 2.7.0 wrapping earlier this week.

Here’s some of the stuff that was being tested by Blizzard and what could be coming next to Diablo 3:

“There will be three PTR-unique buffs active to help you on your journey: increased Legendary drop rate, increased experience gains, and double Blood Shard drops.

“You can also buy new gear for testing from the special PTR vendor, Djank Mi’em, who will exchange Blood Shards for class-specific bags full of Legendary items that we’d love for you to test.

“To ensure that the most significant class changes receive an ample amount of attention, we’d love for you to focus testing and feedback on the set changes to the Wizard’s Firebird’s Finery set, the Necromancer’s Bones of Rathma set, and the balance updates to the Demon Hunter’s Gears of Dreadlands set and Witch Doctor’s Gazing Demise.

“We’re looking to gather feedback on the solo player content with the Follower system revamp, and the Greater Rift solo leaderboard updates.”

Diablo 3 Season 23 start date: When does Diablo Season 22 end?

There was a lot of exciting news at BlizzCon regarding the hack and slash dungeon crawler franchise, but many fans are now ready to focus on the start of Diablo 3 Season 23.

It’s been a while since Diablo Season 22 kicked off, and with the clock now counting down to the four-months mark, it appears everything primed for the next big update.

There have also been a few things behind the scene to hint at such a change coming, although we’re still without a firm release date.

Based on the information we have right now, these are the dates Diablo 3 fans should keep an eye out for news.

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WHEN DOES DIABLO 3 SEASON 23 START?

The Diablo 3 Season 23 release date has not been confirmed yet by Blizzard, but there’s a good chance we will be learning more about it very soon.

Having launched the latest Diablo 3 PTR update around two-weeks ago, this is usually the period we find out more about the next season.

This is what happened during the release schedule for Season 22 and Blizzard could be preparing an announcement any day now.

As a prediction, we would expect a Diablo 3 Season 23 announcement to be shared by March 12.

And this would be followed by the Diablo 3 Season 23 start date being scheduled for either March 20 or March 26.

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Based on this prediction, Diablo Season 23 won’t start until early April, making for a very long wait for gamers.

There is also the question of whether the Diablo 3 Seasonal calendar might be altered due to the upcoming Diablo 2 Resurrected Alpha tests.

Set to kick off later this year, Blizzard might want to have the most dedicated Diablo 3 players working through the new Alpha to guarantee strong feedback.

There has been no word on when the first tests will be taking place, or how long they might last.

To opt-in and have a chance to play the Alpha, gamers will need to set up a Battle Net account.

But it’s unclear at this point which platforms will host the upcoming testing phase, and if it will be limited to PC platforms.

Diablo 2 Resurrected is scheduled to launch this year, meaning we should see the first Alpha test pop up in the coming months.

And with D2 launching across Windows PC, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch, Blizzard are going to need all the help they can find to make the game run correctly.

Diablo 2 Resurrected Alpha comes with a big release date warning

The first of two Diablo 2 Resurrected Alpha tests will be kicking off this year, and gamers can choose to opt-in right now.

However, with so much buzz surrounding the return of the remastered classic, Blizzard is also warning that fake D2 Alphas are being shared online.

According to Blizzard community development lead Adam Fletcher, misleading information regarding fake Diablo 2 Resurrected giveaways are being shared online.

The purpose of these new scams is unknown but are likely being set up so they can steal data from those thinking they are legitimate.

Fletcher shared the warning on Twitter, telling gamers that the only way to join the Diablo 2 Resurrected Alpha is to sign up on the official website.

So any offers of getting early access or getting an Alpha code in any other way should be ignored.

Fletcher posted this week: “Just a heads-up to everyone interested in Diablo II: Resurrected and the Tech Alpha…

Don’t fall for scams. I’ve seen numerous places state they are running contests or giving away access. That isn’t true. Best way to get in is to opt-in on http://Diablo2.com!”

And it’s likely that more scams will surface in the lead up to the official Diablo 2 Resurrected Alpha release date.

There has been no word on when the first tests will be taking place, or how long they might last

To opt-in and have a chance to play the Alpha, gamers will need to set up a Battle Net account.

But it’s unclear at this point which platforms will host the upcoming testing phase, and if it will be limited to PC platforms.

Diablo 2 Resurrected is scheduled to launch this year, meaning we should see the first Alpha test pop up in the coming months.

The best part of the new announcement is that D2 will be launching later this year on Windows PC, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.

That’s a huge number of platforms to cover and means there will be plenty of room for the community to grow and play the game on whatever platform they think best.

“Diablo II was a pivotal game for Blizzard and millions of players around the world. With Diablo II: Resurrected, we’re excited to bring this classic back to PC and also to consoles – with cross-progression on supported platforms – so that players can relive their memories, or experience Diablo II’s timeless gameplay for the first time, on their platform of choice,’ said J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard Entertainment.

“With the new high-resolution audio and video in Diablo II: Resurrected, the game is as fun and engrossing today as it was twenty years ago.”

For those who would prefer a more nostalgic experience, players will be able to freely switch back-and-forth between the modern graphics and the original experience at any time with the press of a button.

And while Diablo II: Resurrected may look like an all-new game, Diablo II’s signature gameplay and systems are completely intact, quirks and all, adding a few highly requested quality of life improvements, such as a shared stash.