Today sees the release of Diablo III‘s special update that introduces a retro dungeon inspired by the original Diablo. Announced last year during Blizzcon, patch 2.4.3 is now available to download on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and forms part of Blizzard’s 20th anniversary celebrations for the series. In order to access the throwback slice of nostalgia, players will need to track down a group of cultists in Adventure Mode, whereupon you’ll discover a portal that whisks you back to a 16-floor dungeon infested with bosses, enemies and environments pulled straight from the first game.
As an added level of authenticity, all of the assets used in the content’s creation are retro-inspired, with sound effects and UI elements a throwback to the original Tristram village. Bizarrely, the new location is only available for a limited time, so you’ve only got until the end of January to go back in time and see how it all started.
For a title that has often been criticized for not receiving enough support from Blizzard, we find it odd that the developer would go through the effort of recreating the original Diablo in Diablo III, only to take the content away in a few weeks time. There’s a silver lining, however: Blizzard says that the campaign will return in the future, so it won’t be gone for good.
As for the rest of the patch, a small collection of new items and changes have been made to the main game, including additions to existing sets and tweaks to class-specific Legendary gear. The changes aren’t retroactive, however, so you’ll need to go hunting for the new and improved items in the usual places if you want to try them out.
For the full list of changes, you can head over to the full patch notes here.