Diablo 3’s Public Test Realm (PTR) is rolling out its 2.7.0 patch. Introducing a bunch of new balance changes and features ahead of their implementation on the regular live servers. If you’re in the PTR, you can begin trying them out today. In addition, content updates will be phased in over the next two weeks.
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WHAT’S NEW HERE
According to the Diablo blog, Blizzard is specifically looking for feedback on a few key areas. In addition, The new Follower System revamp. The Greater Rift solo leaderboard, and class sets including the Wizard’s Firebird Finery. Necromancer’s Bones of Rathma, Demon Hunter’s Gears of Dreadlands, and Witch Doctor’s Gazing Demise. As usual, Blizzard recommends focusing your attention on the class you’re most familiar with. Above all so you can give the most informed feedback.
Let’s check-out the full patch notes below.
Diablo 3 PTR 2.7.0 Patch Notes
Follower System Revamp: The Follower system for Diablo 3 has been revamped. In addition, Official will make it permanently available for Seasonal and Non-Seasonal play. Secondly, Players can now equip Followers with a total of 14 different item slots which include the Follower Relic Item, Helm, Shoulders, Chest, Gloves, Bracers, Belt, 2 Rings, Neck, Pants, Boots, main-hand weapon, and off-hand. We’re introducing a new Follower feature into Diablo 3 called Emanate, which allows the player to gain the intended effect of certain Legendary Powers and Set Bonuses when equipped on the hired Follower.
Diablo 3 PTR 2.7.0 Follower changes?
As a matter of fact, followers in Diablo 3 are NPCs that the players could lightly customize to best fit their needs. The Templar focuses on Strength, the Scoundrel Dexterity, and the Enchantress Intelligence. While they are fairly helpful, limited item slots and TK prevented them from reaching their full potential. Season 23 will change that by revamping the whole system.
How it can enhance your gaming experience
Some specific items like the Broken Crown (all of them are detailed in the blog post) will also have “Emanate” capabilities that give the player any legendary powers and set bonuses associated with the Enmanate gear equipped on a given follower. The skills for each follower have also gotten revamp.
The Scoundrel has access to new skills like Night’s Veil and Piercing Shot, while many of his other skills have seen slight tweaks and reworks, The Templar has seen tweaks to many of its skills, too, with Onslaught and Guardian receiving the most significant reworks.
Finally, the Enchantress has the new skills Temporal Pulse, Amplification, Prophetic Harmony, and Fate’s Lapse in addition to tweaks. That said, her Forceful Push, Mass Control, Disorient, and Missle Ward skills are all getting removed. You can see the full list of changes on the official PTR 2.7.0 patch notes blog.
This major rework revamps a Diablo 3 system that lots of players have come across, but might not use very often due to its limited utility. A developer note on the blog post says the goal with this revamp is to make followers “more meaningful and provide greater utility to the single-player experience.” While PTR players will be the final judges, the patch notes indicate that they’ve achieved just that.
Diablo 3 is available now for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.