Diablo 2 Resurrected: The 2.4 Patch and Ladder Season One Release Date Confirmed
Blizzard's official forum today announced the latest news about the 2.4 balance change patch and the ladder season one. Among them, the launch date of the ladder season one, which players most want to know, has also been confirmed. Below is the relevant information compiled by MMOSO.
Diablo 2 Resurrected 2.4 Patch Delayed Reasons For Release
According to the official news, it is planned to release the 2.4 patch update before the end of this month but encountered some snags during this period. So, what happened here? Blizzard has been making numerous updates to the game's backend and database services. Over the past few months, the blizzard team has been using learnings from the PTR and the tremendous help the community has provided during these testing phases to implement updates to the server and database.
Last week, Blizzard extended some downtime for Diablo 2 Resurrected to implement the last batch of changes from PTR to production environments. In this update, the team unfortunately encountered a lot of showstoppers that didn't appear on the PTR but did appear in production environments. So Blizzard extended the maintenance because they needed to roll back the changes so it wouldn't impact users and get the game back up and running.
What Are These Showstoppers In The Production Environment?
The community manager says the development team was having issues with a lot of stashes not being properly converted. Unfortunately, the database wasn't migrated to the new format and didn't appear in the PTR until they moved it into the production environment. This is because the PTR testing is brand new to the game.
There was a missing index in the database, which caused things to slow down a lot in production and this wasn't noticeable on PTR, so it caused the slow joining and the creation of games. The development team was able to add the index, but it took extra time to check database performance and make sure there weren't any other new slow points.
Finally, because PTR was only one single region database, Blizzard has encountered some additional database issues in production, and as it had multiple regions, some of the errors they saw didn't surface. Thankfully, this will be addressed in a future PTR as there will be multiple regional databases in the future.
Diablo 2 Resurrected 2.4 Patch & Ladder Season One Release Date
Since last week's maintenance, the development team has been able to identify and resolve all of the above issues and will be conducting another maintenance for Diablo 2 Resurrected on March 29 to implement these changes in production. They expect about 6 hours of downtime for these changes. These updates will enable players to have a better experience during high load times that would otherwise rely on longer queue times and higher rate limiting on game sessions in very high traffic situations.
Currently, through that maintenance Blizzard plans to release Patch 2.4 on April 14th, the ladder season one will be released two weeks later on April 28th. Once the ladder season starts, you can buy D2R Ladder Items at MMOSO with the lowest price and best service.
They purposely left a gap between the 2.4 patch launch and the ladder launch is to give the development team time to react to any other unforeseen issues that may arise on PC and consoles that deploy the 2.4 Patch itself and to ensure that ladder season one start is as good as possible. Also, for the Ladder launch, Blizzard has some great community events and plans, which will reveal them in the coming weeks.