In an age for video games where new content for older games comes at a price and where video game companies often are more interested in the next release of a game (I’m looking at you Call of Duty franchise) instead of new content for an older game, you have Blizzard Entertainment who apparently doesn’t subscribe to either of those plans. As of last night, Patch 2.4.0 for Blizzard’s 2011 hit Diablo III went live. That’s right, hot and fresh new content for a game released almost 5 years ago. That’s “forever” in today’s video game world.
Continue below to read more about what the new patch delivers and to watch a video which shows a new area to visit.
With the patch, players will get a ton of new things to do in the game starting with a new zone called Greyhollow Island. Described as a mysterious forest, it was once home to an isolated but sophisticated civilization cut off from the rest of Sanctuary. For reasons unknown, this advanced society collapsed and now leaves cursed ruins in its wake for players to explore. Technical artist Neal Wojahn‘s life in the Pacific Northwest was a heavy influence on the art and inspiration for the zone. Players will find that the story around this new island will be a bit different from the campaign mode story they might be used to.
From Blizzard’s website:
Grasping the story of Greyhollow is a more complex endeavor than a jaunt through the zone. As you explore the island, youâ€™ll begin to unravel the mystery thatâ€™s threaded through each journal entry and event you stumble upon. Not every player will experience the story in quite the same way and may not even draw the same conclusions as a result; itâ€™s truly the choice of each adventurer how much they want to focus on whatâ€™s unfolding or just blitz through and check a bounty off their list.
Among other new features, there will be expanded versions of pre-existing zones. These zones will offer players new adventures in familiar territory in a way by adding exploration areas to content already existing, like the “Royal Quarters” in Leoric’s Manor as “the cultists have cleared off that debris from the stairs finally.” In addition to that, there will be new “Set Dungeons” where players can test their skills in 24 custom designed dungeons. Each course features a pre-generated dungeon designed to challenge players around a specific class.
Along with these new content modes to explore, there’s new quality of life changes, some balance and buff changes to each class, and some PC client specific changes involving the “Season” content. Make sure to check out the full patch notes here to see how they might be changing your favorite dungeon blasting character that you may have long forgotten about.
This kind of new content to an old game is a refreshing course and could be a great way to bring players back into the fold as Diablo III is available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. This means that players can play this awesome game from the previous generation in an updated format on their current gen machine. Also, you can more than likely find a used copy of the game available at a cheaper price and still enjoy the new content. For me personally, I got Diablo III just this Christmas as a gift and never expected that a game with some age on it like this would be getting a new patch. Even more surprising was when I started digging around Twitch for something to watch and found that Diablo III was a top 10 most watched game on Twitch in September of 2015. And I’m sure that January’s numbers will figure on the game hitting top 10 again. New content is a good thing. Blizzard has enjoyed success on Twitch as World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Starcraft, and now Diablo seem to still fascinate and captivate audiences. They are seemingly always in the top performers on the game watching site. Coming in 2016 will be Blizzard’s newest property, Overwatch, which figures to slide right into a top spot as well.
But for now, we get to revisit the dark world of Sanctuary and the war against the Prime Evils in Diablo III. See you on Greyhollow Island! Check out the preview video below.