Annual Darkening of Tristram Event in Diablo III Allows You to Revisit Original Game
The annual Annual Darkening of Tristram event in Diablo III has returned, with the portal that takes you to a remake of Diablo now active in-game.
The annual Darkening of Tristram event has returned to Diablo III, with the portal that takes you to Old Tristram (the original Diablo) is now open for those who dare to fight through all sixteen levels from the game that started it all.
Since 2017 Blizzard has included the Darkening of Tristram event to run through all of January, which begins when cultists appear across the game map of Diablo III and an Adventure Mode quest has you hunting them down, leading to the location of the portal that will take you to the past and allow you to fight your way to Hell and once again face off against Diablo. After using the portal to visit Old Tristram you can enter the cathedral and fight through randomized dungeons against familiar enemies in a throwback to the first Diablo re-created in full in Diablo III. While the environment and enemies may be familiar, some of the loot will not as Blizzard has included some new loot that can be earned by completing activities in the anniversary event for things such as, “transmogrification effects, achievements, portraits, pets, and more.” This event even includes some graphical filters to make the game appear more like its 1996 progenitor.
The cultists first started appearing in Diablo III on December 31, 2018 at 4:00 P.M. PST and the portal opened up yesterday at the same time. The Darkening of Tristram event will last until January 31, 2019 at 4:00 P.M. PST so make sure to fight through the dungeons, kill the three bosses, and once again take down Diablo before the event expires and you have to wait for 2020 to participate again. This event is on both PC and console versions of Diablo III, even the Nintendo Switch which received its version of the loot-game on November 2, 2018.
Diablo has had some shake ups this past year, as Blizzard’s CFO left recently, multiple games moved in to capitalize on angry fans after the announcement of Diablo Immortal, internal projects were cancelled, and Blizzard reportedly pulled a Diablo 4 reveal since its still not ready to be shown or announced officially. Hopefully Blizzard can bounce back with some of its other internal projects, whether it be Diablo 4 or something different.