The closed beta for Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls will end later today. Blizzard is bringing down the beta and Patch 2.0.1 PTR servers at 5 PM Pacific Time to prepare for the official release of 2.0.1.
"At that time, players will no longer be able to log in to the Beta or PTR client, all Beta and PTR accounts (including character information) will be reset, and both our Beta forums and PTR forums will be marked as read-only," Blizzard said today in a new Battle.net post. "We'd like to thank everyone who has participated in the Reaper of Souls Beta and Patch 2.0.1 PTR. You've done an amazing job of testing, and we greatly appreciate all of the feedback you provided during this critical phase of development."
Reaper of Souls is the first expansion to the action RPG. It introduces a new Crusader class along with a fifth act for the campaign. During their journey to Westmarch, players will recruit a Mystic artisan who can transform their equipment. A new Adventure Mode allows players to find randomized dungeons called Nephalem Rifts. Characters can advance up to the new level cap of 70 and add a fourth passive skill to their loadout.
The closed beta for Reaper of Souls began last fall. It featured all of the expansion's content except for the final boss battle. Because it contained so much content, Blizzard kept the test restricted to a small number of players.
Patch 2.0.1, however, could be tested by any D3 owner. This free update reworks the Paragon progression system so that it unlocks account-wide bonuses. The Loot 2.0 system results in fewer but more meaningful drops. You're more likely to find items that suit your character. The Normal, Nightmare, Hell and Inferno difficulty levels have been removed in favor of enemies that scale with your level. The patch will also introduce two types of player organizations: small, invite-only Clans and larger Communities.
Blizzard has yet to announce a release date for Patch 2.0.1. All we know is that it's going to be released before Reaper of Souls, which is scheduled to launch worldwide on March 25th. Blizzard said today that the patch will be along "shortly," while director Josh Mosqueira estimated that it will arrive in early March: