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Diablo Patch 2.4.1 PTR Now Live, FARMABLE COSMETICS!

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Well, China made my day. For more on how that statement makes sense, read this!

 

The first step to recovery is supposed to be admitting that you have a problem. The truth is, I have a problem.

 

It's just that I cannot stand romping through Sanctuary looking like a hot mess. There is some primal part of my being that cringes each time I swap new gear on and it throws off my Feng Shui. Luckily, my wife and closest friends understand this, and never mind affording me the extra time in town. Usually they're also busy picking out new looks. 

 

That makes this news all the more exciting for us. Not only is the 2.4.1 PTR live, but it previews a surprising new addition to the game, farmable cosmetics! 

 

The idea was teased with Lachdanan's Stormshield, a cosmetic item which is found in the Patch 2.4 addition, the Royal Quarters. Getting the shield unlocked a Transmog, and while many just assumed it was a one-off in Diablo nostalgia, it turned out to be a prophet of things to come. 

 

Now to bring the header line into context, it would seem that players in the West are benefiting from the recent Asian Free-To-Play release of Diablo III, which is supported by an in-game store featuring cosmetics.

 

It is also important to note that Blizzard is sticking to their vow to keep the store exclusive to the Asian market, and we are seeing the items added to the game in the form of free content. Well I was actually for the idea of implementing a cosmetics store-

 

with purchasable stash space-

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I really applaud the way that the content is being delivered to us. For the small price of two box games, I have had thousands of hours of enjoyment, and the content continues to flow almost four years later. 

 

Thank you Blizzard, and I suppose thank you to the Chinese market as well!

 

Oh, and there was a cornucopia of balance changes too. Hit this link for more on the changes which are listed in the Patch Notes. I guess I was a bit carried away by the cosmetics. 

 

Last item of interest for now is this thread over on Battle.net forums, which is documenting these changes via community effort. Thank you to Lumamaster for getting the ball rolling over there. 

 

In the meantime, go nuts on the PTR! Also, don't forget to comment below and tell us your thoughts! 

 

 

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Any sign of getting more stash space state-side without having to put in hundreds of hours of seasonal play for a single tab?  That kind of play time is just not an option for many of us with lives outside of Diablo, and the lack of storage space is a constant frustration...

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Any sign of getting more stash space state-side without having to put in hundreds of hours of seasonal play for a single tab?  That kind of play time is just not an option for many of us with lives outside of Diablo, and the lack of storage space is a constant frustration...

 

Sadly, there are no plans to bring stash space to players in the West via a shop, or methods other than seasonal play. I know they would dig a hole into my pocket if they offered it as the only paid add-on to the game. 

 

Don't let the seemingly daunting season task list scare you, I only have the ability to play on weekends, between writing articles and wrangling my 9 month old daughter, and I was able to complete the journey in well below 100 hours of game time. I only had the assistance of one other friend who was level in paragons to me at the time I completed the journey.

 

I recommend checking out the in-game communities, there are plenty with players who will happily assist in getting you through the journey steps too! This is a great way for those on a time budget to get the tab! 

 

I do agree with the size of the stash being frustrating, however this has always been the case in Diablo games. To bad we cannot store things in Kanai's cube the way the Diablo II Horadric cube allowed... 

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That's a good point--getting help from the community.  I nearly always play single-player, so it hadn't occurred to me.  Thanks!

 

And in Diablo 2, since I played single-player and not on Battle.net, my profile was stored on my computer.  I used a third-party program that could swap things in and out of my cache outside of the game, so I had unlimited storage.  :D  Ok, I'm a hoarder...

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