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Today Blizzard shared the first details on Patch 2.2 for Diablo 3. This patch, the second big one since Reaper of Souls launched last year, will attempt to extend the game's lifespan through a few new features.
Patch 2.2 adds more top-of-the-line loot to the game. The patch's three new sets - Unhallowed Essence, Wrath of the Wastes, and Delsere's Magnum Opus - will be comparable with the most powerful gear in the game now. You can see these sets in the gallery below.
The update will also make changes to the existing gear. Sets like Zunimassa's Haunt and Raiment of a Thousand Storms are also being updated. Legendaries old and new have a chance to be loaded with 15 never-before-seen powers.
Adventure Mode, the main end-game for D3 since Patch 2.0, will be enhanced in a couple ways too. Nephalem and Greater Rifts will have four new tilesets based on environments through the first three acts of the game. Blizzard is also adding over 20 new bounties to Acts II through IV. Of these 20, 14 will be a new bounty type called Exploration that asks players to scout regions and then rescue or kill targets.
Hunting Treasure Goblins will be a bit more interesting in Patch 2.2 thanks to three new breeds.
"The Gelatinous Sire splits into smaller goblins, the Gilded Baron helps satisfy your never-ending greed for gold, and the Insufferable Miscreant has friends to help him run interference," Blizzard said on Battle.net.
Patch 2.2 also has so-called "quality of life" improvements for the game. All cosmetic items, including wings and pets, will be access through a new Cosmetic windows so you don't need to keep them in your bags. The patch will switch Diablo 3 over to a CASC file format which Blizzard says will patch faster and more reliably.
"The first step in transitioning Diablo III players will be converting existing installs to the new file format when patch 2.2.0 goes live, while using as much of the existing installed data as possible to reduce additional downloads."
This patch won't, however, change your character's skills dramatically. It's much lighter on character changes than previous updates - maybe they don't want to disrupt the game's balance in the middle of a Season? The balance changes are limited to small tweaks, such as making certain skills work well with the new Legendary powers.
While these were the only changes outlined by Blizzard today, they promise other changes are in the works. They'll be uploading the patch to the Public Test Realm soon and will use gamers' feedback as a guide for shaping 2.2.