Diablo 3 is the best-selling PC game of all-time when it comes to numbers of sales. That surely makes it a game that will go down in history as a great? The game is already becoming an Adjective in itself, you hear games referred to as “Diablo-style” gameplay and such. Blizzard have recently opted for the choice to simply patch Diablo 3 with new Season updates which bring new gear and achievements and some new minor gameplay mechanic additions. 2.3 is one of the bigger updates bringing in a whole new Gameplay mechanic that will bring old players back, some new weapons and armour sets and much more. This may be as a result of the fact that Blizzard aren’t looking to announce any new content for Diablo 3 at their upcoming gaming event BlizzCon. Therefore, they felt they had to introduce a slightly more interesting update to keep fans interested for long enough until next year when we assume they’ll announce the next update for Diablo 3.
Anyway, Patch 2.3 recently came out this past weekend and has been well received by players of the game for introducing some interesting content and ensuring the game still has some replayability value. Let’s have a look then at what’s new in Diablo 3’s updated 2.3 Patch.
Ruins of Sescheron
This is the first patch that features a whole new area to play in within the Adventure Mode. Ruins of Sescheron is a frozen wasteland that you’ll be able to explore which features many new different types of mobs and creatures that will test not on only your abilities but your wits too. Along with the new creatures and mobs, Ruins of Sescheron features some minor environmental hazards and traps for your combat which can cause some serious damage if you don’t navigate them well enough.
Whilst playing throughout this level you’ll unleash new lore about the Barbarians that’s never been heard before and a brand new Tomb of King Kanai which features the Kanai’s Cube which we’ll talk about a bit more next.
Kanai’s Cube is a new artifact within Diablo 3 that allows you to manipulate your Legendary set pieces and weapons pretty much however you want. In Patch 2.3 players will be able to discover this powerful ancient relic and utilise its incredible potential, including the ability to break down Legendary Items and equip their special effects as passive skills. These passive skills will remain separate from your current passive skills which means you’ll be allowed to stack multiple passive skills onto your player.
Kanai’s Cube has multiple other abilities too such as the ability to completely re-roll a Legendary item as though it had dropped for the first time. This includes any powers that may have been previously enchanted on the item. This will be a great option for those who wish to save the Legendary Items they picked up early on in their lower levels and re-roll them at a later stage, hoping they’ll fit closer to their level. You can also re-roll a Level 70 Rare item as a random Legendary item too. The Kanai’s Cube has quite some other interesting perks too which you can check out here.
For a long time now, Seasons have been the best thing about Diablo 3 and the only thing that keep people coming back time and time again. With Patch 2.3 you can follow your Seasonal Journey as you complete achievements and go through separate chapters to unlock a Pet and a Portrait at the end. It’s a brilliant progress tracker for those that love to work their way through the achievements to reach the unlockables.
As aforementioned, the Season Journey is broken down into Chapters which really makes it feel like you’re progressing which is nice. There are 5 chapters for you to complete which have achievements that obviously increase in difficulty as you go up the chapters. It’s a really rewarding feeling to work towards singular quests if you will and then come out at the end with a prize for achieving that. Blizzard realised this was one of players’ favourite things about Seasons and so have introduced the Season Journey section to better allow players to track their progress.