Blizzard has put Diablo III‘s first major update since the Reaper of Souls expansion onto the game’s public test server.
Update 2.1.0 adds something that Diablo fans have been looking forward to since launch, seasons. Similar to ladders in Diablo II, seasons will offer players a chance to start fresh and compete against other players to top the leaderboards. “Season participation benefits include exclusive rewards and unique Legendaries as well as the the thrill of climbing all-new Leaderboards by completing achievements, earning Conquests, or running Greater Rifts,” the developer explains.
The patch will also add Conquests, which are Season-only achievements that can only be earned by the first 1,000 players to achieve the goal set out by them. “These goals can vary in terms of gameplay and difficulty, and some might be easier to complete than others. With tasks ranging from killing Malthael at level 70 on Torment VI to finishing Acts I-V in an hour or less, Conquests are designed to encourage and promote an array of different playstyles.” Blizzard is currently aiming to have between 10-15 Conquests per season.
There are also newly added Legendary Gems to earn from Greater Rifts. “Legendary Gems are still undergoing significant iteration at this time, so you won’t see them available on the PTR right away,” according to Blizzard. “The gist is that these gems are infinitely upgradeable, and provide special Legendary powers when socketed into the appropriate gear slot. They can only be socketed into Rings and Amulets, and can be upgraded by completing additional Greater Rifts. The higher you place in a Greater Rift, the more likely your gem will be successfully upgraded.”
You can check out a full list of changes here.