Sometime after Diablo III Reaper of Souls I was hoping we'd get another proper expansion. It seems instead of getting a full expansion we've been getting a ton of updates that if you bundled them all up would equal a full expansion when you consider the Necromancer class coming this year. I still would love some more story to see what happens after Reaper of Souls and try and wrap up the whole thing that happened to Leia but... I have honestly no idea what the future of Diablo III is. That said, Blizzard still seems hell bent (rimshot) on updating it with really useful stuff and the latest 2.5.0 patch is icing on a cake made of... pure evil.

You should hit the blog post below for information on the full patch but the short of it is that there will be a new interface for crafting materials so they no longer take up inventory slots. That alone is worth the price of admission but 2.5.0 also contains The Armory which gives each of your characters 5 unique armor loadouts you can toggle between. On top of that they are adjusting the rate at which certain Adventure mode zones spawn making the ones that show up a bit too often less seen. There are a couple other things in 2.5.0 so hit the link below for more details.

And if Blizzard is reading this... please... Another couple acts of Diablo III please?

Travis   Admin wrote on 03/17/2017 at 01:59pm

Oh wow. Crafting materials no longer taking inventory slots gives me like two stash tabs! I'll have to log in to check this out. I don't want to start playing again until the necro update, I want to come into that fresh, but I gotta see this new QoL stuff.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 03/17/2017 at 09:41pm

Crafting materials not taking up inventory space is sweet! This update sounds good, but not something that makes me want to jump back in the game right now. I'm looking forward to the Necromancer. I like that there's still so much in the game that I haven't even touched. I've hardly done anything in Adventure mode, though I did try it out a few times.

I'd like to see another expansion for this game, but I won't be disappointed if it doesn't get one. I don't see the need to "wrap up" the whole Leia thing. I guess I just didn't feel that it was lacking closure.

Travis   Admin wrote on 03/18/2017 at 04:49am

Y'all, Leia is the princess/general in Star Wars. You're thinking of Leah :D

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 03/18/2017 at 05:27am

I blame my error on Jon, he wrote "Leia" and so I wrote it that way, too. Infectious, Jon, you see your error is infectious. LOL

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 03/18/2017 at 04:41pm

> Y'all, Leia is the princess/general in Star Wars. You're thinking of Leah :D

Right, that person.

I have a way with getting people to do the wrong thing....

... suckers.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 03/20/2017 at 10:51am

Updated Necromancer video, the "Melee-nancer." It looks pretty cool. I'm really intrigued by what they said at the end, that this could be a real expansion, possibly with a new Act, not just a simple character class addition. They also said that while there is still no release date, the Necromancer will be joining the PTR "soon." I'm going to take a guess and (hope) that this will be out by summer time. Anyway, the video is short, but worth watching!!

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 03/20/2017 at 05:15pm

I really wish they did a full act for the Necro update. Seems like they said there might be but Blizzard is being very cagey about it, which I understand. *fingers crossed*

But like Travis I want to wait until the Necro is out before I head back in the game to experience all the freshness at once.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 03/22/2017 at 02:55am

Blizz seemed to clear up all our questions with a recent update. TLDR; No new story updates.

"Is the Necromancer part of an expansion pack?

No, the Necromancer is part of a content pack which includes the class, an in-game pet, cosmetic wings, two additional character slots, two additional stash tabs (on PC), a portrait frame, pennant, banner, and a banner sigil.

It will, however, launch alongside a free major content patch that includes two new zones, Challenge Rifts, and more. These additional features will be available for all players with Diablo III: Reaper of Souls or the Ultimate Evil Edition.

How much will the pack cost?

We’re not ready to announce a price yet—we know you’re eager to find out, but we have a few more i’s to dot and t’s to cross before we can share.

When is the Necromancer coming to Diablo III?

We are currently aiming for the second half of 2017; when we have an official release date, we’ll certainly share it!

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 03/22/2017 at 03:29am

Thanks, Jon! It sounds like what I expected it to be originally. The only part I'm not too fond of is the last sentence, "second half of 2017," as I expected this to come out during the first half. I'm still ok with that though. I have other games to play and there are also other games I'm waiting on (like Terraria: Otherworld).

Travis   Admin wrote on 03/22/2017 at 03:52am

I think second half of 2017 has been their target for a while now, but I may be wrong. That said, I've gotten to a point in my life where I'm kinda patient with game updates/releases.

Speaking of patience and game releases... yeah Terraria Otherworld :D

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 03/23/2017 at 04:28am

> That said, I've gotten to a point in my life where I'm kinda patient with game updates/releases.

I agree. I have so many games already that I don't need anything to launch at any particular time. So developers can take as long as they need, i'll still be around when it gets done. smile

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