A piece of breaking news popped up in the Diablo III client this morning confirming that Patch 2.1.0 will be arriving sooner than thought. Starting August 26 at 3:00 AM PDT the game servers will be taken down to prepare for the pending patch. The servers will then come back up at 1:00 PM PDT patched and ready to go. Greater Rifts, The Vault, The Cesspools, Leaderboards and ... oh goodness, yes... Seasons are almost here.
Since they're by far the most exciting part of patch 2.1.0 let's start off by saying that a Season will not be starting the day of the patch. Odds are Blizzard doesn't want the added stress of ensuring the Season is running smoothly on top of making sure the rest of the patch's content isn't catching on fire. However, a Diablo community representative confirmed that the season will likely be starting "a few days after." Explore the new patch and then get Diablo III's first Season started the right way.
The text of the breaking news, from Diablo III's client, reads as follows:
"Breaking News -- We will be performing scheduled maintenance beginning on Tuesday, August 26, at 3:00 a.m. PDT to apply patch 2.1.0 and we expect the service to be available again at approximately 1:00 p.m. PDT. During this time the game will be unavailable to play."
Diablo III and its expansion Reaper of Souls are both currently available on PC and Mac. This patch is a PC/Mac-only update, so console folk will have wait until a later date to find out when they'll be receiving patch 2.1.0. Blizzard hopes that patches between the PC and the console Ultimate Evil editions will eventually be mirrored, but for now PS4 and Xbox One Diablo III players will have to wait a bit longer.