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Season 20 PTR and Balance Blog Timing + All Diablo 3 Season Durations

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Update: we now have the preliminary patch notes for Season 20, as well as a PTR start date you can check out here.

Season 19 is half way done and we have about a month and a half left to summon those Uber Diablos everyone is so fond of, gather angelic armies to kill rift guardians for us, and all the other killstreak-related shenanigans Nephalem get up to. But the question now is when we'll find out more about Season 20, aka when the PTR will be coming. We know that the plan is to have a 2 week-long PTR this time around to iron out a few more bugs and we know the post-season break is now also longer, around a week and a half, and the season itself will probably be around 3 months in total (including the season break).

When you put all that together, along with the usual PTR-to season launch timings so far, it seems inevitable we'll be seeing the next PTR up within 1, maximum 2 weeks, which is good news as we'll get to find out just what the two new sets will be, the new seasonal mechanic and new legendaries + tuning and more!

We have some blue posts commenting on the subject, but it's the usual non-commital stance, with a reminder that we'll be getting a big blog about balance somewhere around the PTR launch, explaining the balancing goals and policies of Diablo 3 now and in the future.

Blizzard LogoSeason 20 PTR (source)

Title…

Will it come:

  1. Soon :unamused:

  2. Blizzard Soon :unamused:

  3. Very very soon :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

Is the year too fresh to ask for it? xD

I guess everyone would like to know what sets+legendaries we will see and what season theme will come to Sanctuary.

Peace
 

Hey Mortred!

We’re going to go with Option 1 on this one. We’ll have more communications in regards to PTR in the coming weeks.

Thanks

 

Blizzard LogoBalance Blog (source)

Yeah, Matthew, what’s the ETA? stares at the email with the text awaiting review :wink:

It’s in progress. I did the bulk of the writing before break with some touch-ups after coming back, now it has to go through the multi-phase preparation for release: verifying text with our development team for accuracy and tone (it’s here now), review with our editorial team for grammar and polish, delivery to our localization teams to be translated into all our supported languages, and then re-distributed to all our regional community managers for formatting and publishing. There’s also asset creation and review that happens in tandem, for things like headers and thumbnails or any in-blog images, all which follow a similar structure.

Barring any unforeseen circumstances, it should publish before the release of the 2.6.8 PTR.

We can also take a look at all the season durations so far for a more exact idea of the timing for S20, courtesy of D3resource:

Season
 
Duration
(Days)
Start Date
 
End Date
 
Patch
 
Season 1 159 29.08.2014 03.02.2015 2.1.0
2.1.1
2.1.2
Season 2 52 13.02.2015 05.04.2015 2.1.2
Season 3 136 10.04.2015 23.08.2015 2.2.0
Season 4 125 28.08.2015 30.12.2015 2.3.0
Season 5 92 15.01.2016 15.04.2016 2.4.0
Season 6 85 29.04.2016 22.07.2016 2.4.1
Season 7 70 05.08.2016 13.10.2016 2.4.2
Season 8 71 21.10.2016 30.12.2016 2.4.2
Season 9 71 06.01.2017 17.03.2017 2.4.3
Season 10 85 31.03.2017 23.06.2017 2.5.0
Season 11 92 20.07.2017 20.10.2017 2.6.0
Season 12 94 09.11.2017 11.02.2018 2.6.1
Season 13 100 23.02.2018 03.06.2018 2.6.1
Season 14 93 15.06.2018 16.11.2018 2.6.1
Season 15 107 21.09.2018 06.01.2019 2.6.1
Season 16 114 19.01.2019 17.05.2019 2.6.4
Season 17 93 17.05.2019 18.08.2019 2.6.5
Season 18 79 23.08.2019 10.11.2019 2.6.6
Season 19 ? 22.11.2019 ? 2.6.7
Season 20 ? ? ? ?

 

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