The release of the first expansion for Diablo III is getting closer, and, according to Blizzard, the pre-loading of the game is targeted to begin this month “if all goes well.” This, according to Blizzard community manager Lylirra.
The pre-loading into game clients will allow players to download the expansion prior to its official release in March. It’s a process that requires very little input in terms of development, but is one of the biggest pre-release processes for a game as it makes it quicker, and easier, for players to play the game after it becomes public.
When asked about automatically downloading the pre-expansion patch as soon as it’s live, Lylirra didn’t say it would automatically download, but did say what the patch will include.
“Similar to what we’ve done with other games, the pre-expansion patch (2.0.1) will contain all of the expansion data that’s on the normal disc. So, for players who don’t predownload, they’ll basically get everything that’s available whenever they patch up to 2.0.1.
“Caveat: Expansion-only content like the Crusader, Act V, and Adventure Mode won’t be playable until March 25th and only players who purchase Reaper of Souls will have access to them.”
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls releases for PC and PS4 on March 25.
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