A lot of ground was covered in Diablo 4’s latest Campfire Chat that took place on November 30 – you’ve come to the right place for an extensive recap of it all!
In addition to divulging more details on the upcoming Abattoir of Zir and Midwinter Blight Seasonal events for Season 2, Blizzard also shed more light on their plans for itemization for Diablo 4 in the future.
Check out a full recap of the Diablo 4 Campfire Chat below!
Abattoir of Zir – Pinnacle Endgame Activity
Diablo 4’s upcoming Abattoir of Zir activity is a new Seasonal endgame event exclusive to Season 2. Here’s everything mentioned in the Campfire Chat:
- Players will be able to access this new Seasonal endgame activity on December 5
- It will release alongside Patch 1.2.3
- You must fully complete the Season Journey of Season 2 to be able to access the Abattoir of Zir
- They have 25 difficulty Tiers
- Tier 1 has roughly the same level of difficulty you’d expect from a Tier 104 Nightmare Dungeon
- There will be a huge jump in difficulty as you move through each Tier. It’s a much larger jump than what players have come to expect from Nightmare Dungeons
- The Abattoir of Zir activity is similar to Greater Rifts from Diablo 3
- You must kill enough enemies within a 10-minute time limit to spawn a boss
- Defeating the boss will end the event and reward you with the new Tears of Blood Paragon Glyph after your first run
- Completing Tier 1 of the Abattoir of Zir will reward you a whopping 1000 XP you can use to upgrade the Tears of Blood Glyph or any other Paragon Glyph you wish to upgrade
- You can upgrade the Tears of Blood Glyph 200 times. You’ll need to upgrade and equip it to deal the required damage to take on higher Tiers of the Abattoir of Zir
- Each Abattoir of Zir run will have a different randomized layout and set of monsters to face
- There is currently no specific end date, but the dev team mentioned you would be able to play it until “closer to the end of Season 2”
- Going by this, players will likely be able to play the Abattoir of Zir until roughly the first half of January 2023
Midwinter Blight – Seasonal Event
The Midwinter Blight is Diablo 4’s first ever Seasonal holiday event. Here’s everything that the Campfire Chat revealed about it:
- Players can play the Midwinter Blight event from December 12, 2023, until January 2, 2024
- It will take place in the Fractured Peaks region
- A freezing storm will envelop the entire area
- A new bard character, Gillian, will send you to defeat the new emerging evil in the region
- You will fight against a new enemy, Frigid Husks
- You can engage in a new boss encounter for the event – the Red Cloaked Horror
- You will earn trophies for defeating these new enemies – you can exchange these for new cosmetics in Kyovashad
- There are new Elixirs and a new Seasonal Aspect you can get in the event
- The new Elixirs give you a 10% boost to XP. Previously Elixirs could only give you a 5% XP boost in Diablo 4
- Any Elixirs or Aspects acquired during the Midwinter Blight will persist after the event is over
- However, you won’t be able to acquire them again, so make sure to stock up!
Itemization – Updates to Loot
The topic of itemization was addressed during the stream. Here’s what the devs had to say about it:
- Significant and substantial changes to itemization and loot are coming to Season 4 in 2024
- They are aware that the current loot system needs work to make it more exciting for players
- They are looking into removing Affixes on gear that players don’t want
- Associate Game Director Joe Piepiora hinted that they intend to make loot more customizable moving forward
- He suggested that you will be able to modify specific loot pieces to better suit them to your build
- Loot will feel like the “start of a journey” and be more valuable
- As these itemization changes are so substantial, these changes will only come later in 2024 in Season 4
Some more information on Season 3 was also discussed:
- Due to the success of Blood Harvests in Season 2, Helltides will now be permanent, with 5-minute breaks between each one
- They will be reset every hour and last for 55 minutes and then followed by a 5-minute break
- Loot with a 925 Item Level will be able to drop from regular enemies in World Tier 4
- More details on Season 3 will be revealed in the next Campfire Chat in early January
Pay For Power Addressed
The devs were quick to address the community’s ‘pay for power’ concerns with Diablo 4, regarding recent rumors that pay to win elements were planned for the future.
They assured fans that there are no plans to include pay for power in Diablo 4 and that it will never go down this route. Good to know!
Community Q&A Segment
Here are some of the fan questions addressed during the stream:
- Will there be improvements to Gold trading on console?
- Yes, Gold trading for console is being looked into with improvements being added for Season 3
- Can you play Abattoir of Zir after Season 2 ends?
- No, the Abattoir of Zir is an exclusive activity for Season 2. It’s more of a way to gauge feedback from players as a way to influence future content for Diablo 4. More content similar to the Abattoir of Zir is definitely a possibility moving forward
- Will there be a loot filter?
- Maybe. There are currently no immediate plans to add a loot filter in Diablo 4, though it’s possible one may come in the future. The itemization updates coming in Season 4 are so substantial that it would likely make any loot filter implemented now obsolete. The changes in Season 4 should help in this regard
- Are you going to add more color options for customization?
- More color options are being looked into, but no solid plans yet. More player feedback on this is welcome!
That’s a wrap for the Diablo 4 Campfire Chat recap! The next one is meant to take place before the end of Season 2 in early January and will reveal more information on Season 3 of Diablo 4!