It has been over a year since the passing of Blizzard senior artist Kevin Kanai Griffith, yet Blizzard continues to memorialize and tribute him throughout their games. Previously, this included a new character in World of Warcraft carrying his namesake as well as the inclusion of a substantial feature addition to Diablo III — the Kanai Cube.
With that said, yesterday diligent Diablo III gamers noted a new event at the Immortal Throne. Previously, visiting the Immortal Throne at the Ruins of Sescheron would lead to a message saying “The time is not right.” That “time” seems to be March, because players can approach the throne, reignite Kanai’s spirit, and tag-team with him in a modified Cow Level titled “Kanai’s Stomping Grounds.”
While there was a mix of confusion about why this level was added and what it means, a Blizzard community manager cleared it up on the Battle.net forums:
The Kanai event has actually been present since Patch 2.4.0 launched, but is only available during March – the real world birth month of Kevin Kanai Griffith, the artist for whom Kanai’s Cube (and King Kanai) is named.
For those of you who may not know, Kevin was a talented and dedicated member of the Diablo III development team who passed away in October of 2014 from a rare form of cancer. If you’d like to read more about Kevin, we included a short biography of his contributions to Diablo (and Blizzard as a whole) in the Kanai’s Cube preview.
This event is a chance for folks to get to adventure with Kanai one more time. We hope you enjoy the opportunity as much as we do.
To see the level in action, check out the video (courtesy of YouTuber MadTom):