Important Notice: Patch 2.1.2 & Season Rollover

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As we prepare for patch 2.1.2 and the Season rollover, we wanted to share some important information regarding the timing of these two milestones.

Patch 2.1.2 And Season 1:

With respect to Seasons, our goal is to avoid implementing major balance changes towards the end of a Season. Ideally, patches and significant hotfixes will occur between Seasons or early enough in the Season that players have ample time to adjust to the new environment.

However, we discovered some technical risks in executing a simultaneous launch of patch 2.1.2 and the upcoming Season rollover, and it’s clear that trying to do both in tandem or close proximity would jeopardize both processes. This left us with two options:

    A) We launch patch 2.1.2 after the Season rollover. In this scenario, Seasonal players wouldn’t have access to any new 2.1.2 items including updated Set items, updated Legendary items, and the new Seasonal items for at least a couple of weeks after the Season went live.

    B) We could launch patch 2.1.2 before the Season rollover. In this scenario, this would impact Seasonal Leaderboard progression.


Not giving Seasonal players access to new items right away in Season 2 would take a lot of the excitement out of the start of that new Season. With this, we believe that by giving players a few weeks to adjust to patch 2.1.2 changes, and by allowing them to test existing changes on the PTR, the impact on the existing Leaderboards can be minimized.

After weighing both options carefully, we have decided to launch patch 2.1.2 three weeks prior to the Season rollover. This should provide players enough time to adjust to the patch changes before the Season ends as well as ensure that Season 1 is not prolonged further for those looking forward to Season 2.

Future Season Rollovers:

Season 1 has been a great learning experience for us and we aim to provide a smoother transition at the end of Season 2. In fact, our intent for future Seasons is to have the current Season end, the corresponding patch deployed, and then the following Season start—in that order. While we will not be able to do that for this inaugural Season rollover, this will be our plan for all rollovers moving forward.

For more information about the upcoming Season rollover, click here. To get a sneak-peek at upcoming patch 2.1.2 changes, click here.

Thank you for your patience and support. We hope to see you in Sanctuary and Season 2!
01/07/2015 10:01 AMPosted by Tyvalir
B) We could launch patch 2.1.2 before the Season rollover. In this scenario, this would impact Seasonal Leaderboard progression.


Don't give a Rat's You know what about the leader boards I want the Patch now Please...

Or at least give us a date when it's going live Please.
01/07/2015 10:01 AMPosted by Tyvalir
After weighing both options carefully, we have decided to launch patch 2.1.2 three weeks prior to the Season rollover.

A good move IMO. This will introduce the new weighting values before the Season ends and allow people to get a feel for the new drop weights before deciding whether or not they want to dive into Season 2.

I honestly don't think anyone cares about Season 1's Leaderboards at this point. The team has already messed with them several times this season. One more adjustment before close won't matter at all.
so, since season 2 will start on 2/3/2015, we should get patch 2.12 three weeks before that, which means next Tuesday?
Why not just end Season 1, release the patch and launch Season 2 in that order?

Seriously?
Patch on 1/13. Thanks for the update!
01/07/2015 10:01 AMPosted by Tyvalir
After weighing both options carefully, we have decided to launch patch 2.1.2 three weeks prior to the Season rollover. T


Awesome
Sounds good, But can we please start this sooner than later. Season 1 was a bust, lets be real. And new stuff will bring new life to the game (I hope). Also like someone else said can we at least get a date (Or a ruff guess at least) as to when the patch will hit?
To me, the clear answer is cater to the largest audience first. 2.1.2 affects everybody, and the leaderboard issue only affects a small percentage of the players. So, launch 2.1.2 asap, and work the other stuff out afterwards.
So basically new patch next week?? Or is Season End being moved up as a result of patch being moved first?
So the patch is expected to drop Jan 13th?
YAAA I will get to play diablo again soon.
Thank you for answering this.
the 2.1.2 patch should be launched before christmas. this is the longest PTR for a minor patch in history. Thank you for impressing us with this long waiting period. Well done.
Good choice Blizz, option 2 was essentially everyone losing. It was like trying to appease dedicated casuals who just got back into things but are super serious about their gear comparisons and ladder placement right off the bat? .05% ?
01/07/2015 10:20 AMPosted by Loong
the 2.1.2 patch should be launched before christmas. this is the longest PTR for a minor patch in history. Thank you for impressing us with this long waiting period. Well done.

Don't forget the server will be down half of the day for a small patch.
seasons/ladders meh :)
I play non-seasonal but I still feel bad for anyone who is competing on seasonal leaderboards right now.

This patch basically means all their work is for nothing. Aside from DH and Barb, who probably won't show improvement in 2.1.2 due to nerfs. Everyone else should go up.
Will the equipment on your companions move over as well?
yes it will. the characters will just turn into reg toons - and the followers wont be effected

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