News Roundup November 9th

by Huey Chewwy

Blizzard still keeps the content rolling for Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, with notes of another major patch in the works.  The 2.4.0 Patch will add plenty of new things, including a new area and set dungeons.  Exploring a bit more of the Sanctuary will bring players to Greyhollow Island, booming with forests and rumors of those who set foot there are never to be heard from again.  This new zone is exclusive to the Adventure Mode, as is the Eternal Woods and Royal Quarters.  Just before the gates to the Ruins of Sescheron is where you will find the undead-infested Eternal Woods.  Just past Leoric's Manor is a blockade that prevented further progress... until now.  The blockade will be lifted and allowing players to discover the Royal Quarters.  Just be ready to fight.  

Set pieces are getting some work done, with some pieces such as the Thorns of the Invoke getting total overhauls.  Two set-piece jewelry sets are getting re-visioned along with a two-piece flail and shield set being created for the Crusader.  Which brings us to another major feature: Set Dungeons.  Equiping a full six-piece set will give the player a clue to the wherabouts of an ancient dungeon, built specifically for your set.  These set dungeons are static and not randomized, being designed with the given set-piece in mind.  Completing these will earn cosmetic rewards, and the tease of even more rewards to those that master all of the dungeons from one class, or all 24 set pieces.  It will be interesting to see how the rewards will play out, as cosmetic rewards seem a little low for earning set pieces that might take numerous hours to find. 

A few more items on the upcoming patch include Empowered Rifts.  For those with plenty of gold laying around, you can spend some of that before going into Greater Rifts to increase the number of possible legendary gem upgrades by one, a maximum of four.  Get ready to extract more Legendary powers as over 40 of them are being added in.  Some will go to power less-powerful existing items while some items might be completely new.  Of course, earning all these new items means you need space.  That's why additional stash tabs can be earned, up to 10 through the Season Journey feature.  Due to stash space being different on consoles, the PS4 and Xbox One versions will have up to 350 additional stash spots that can be purchased.  

Speaking of, there is a slightly major update to the Seasons mode.  Beginning with Season 5, there will be no more seasonal-exclusive Legendaries.  All new Legendary items will be available in all modes when they are introduced via patch.  This might bum some out but not to worry, the developers want players to earn an item reward for completing the Season Journey.  Completing certain stages of the Season Journey reward you with Haedrig’s Gift; a special bundle of set items.  Also, by completing the first four chapters of a Season Journey will guarantee you one of your classes' six-piece sets.  

With these big changes and additions coming to Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, support will no doubt continue for a while.  With the addition of Set Dungeons, the developers are giving players a reason to hunt down all the items to complete set pieces.  Time will tell if all these changes work for the better or the worse in Diablo III: Reaper of Souls.  

Coming in the Xbox One patch on Thursday is the Backwards Compatibility Update.  Microsoft has revealed the list of the first 104 games that will be available from Xbox 360 to Xbox One.  While there are some notable titles such as Mass Effect and Mirror's Edge, there are some big exclusions as well.  Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Red Dead Redemption are some of the heavy hitters that are not on the list as backwards compatible titles.  Microsoft is still encouraging players to go vote for the games that they want to see come to the backwards compatibility list.  Microsoft also says that more games will be included on a regular basis, with games such as Halo Wars and Skate 3 coming soon.  You can check out the full list here.  

It should be no surprise that EA is ready to reveal their next UFC game.  No details at this time, but a tweet from the official EA SPORTS UFC Twitter account says to tune in tomorrow.