Diablo III Getting Special Anniversary Event, Kicking Off January 1st

Diablo Anniversary

Some folks may not realize that Blizzard's Diablo III is celebrating its anniversary, but the publisher is going all out to make players aware that it's ready to celebrate – and what better way to do so than with a special limited-time event?

Blizzard has announced that it'll be hosting the event, called the Darkening of Tristram, and it'll be kicking off starting on January 1st around midnight PDT, and ending January 30th at the same time. That gives you just a little bit over four weeks to jump in and take part in the action.

The game will have you pursuing some cultists in Sanctuary as you start your adventure, although you'll eventually come across a portal where, as you pass through, you'll learn all about Tristram's past.

You'll be able to see an assortment of classic enemies and areas similar to previous Diablo games, while being able to clean up on a whole bunch of loot. There will also be a new RetroVision filter, in which you'll be able to see an older build of the Diablo universe, while still experiencing the adventure in all its glory.

In addition, the more you complete in the Darkening of Tristram, the more eligible you'll become to earn various rewards, including transmogrification effects, portraits, pets, achievements and a number of other goods.

Blizzard has been keeping up rampant support on Diablo III since its initial release on PC, followed by releases for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. It's introduced a number of events and classes for players to try out, as well as this year's Rise of the Necromancer pack, which added the Necromancer class to the game, along with a number of other goods.

The publisher is likely to continue supporting the game well into 2018, especially since it has a healthy dose of players still partaking in the dungeon-filled adventures, picking up new items and enjoying with other players. We'll probably see a sequel somewhere down the road, but, for now, Diablo III still has a lot to enjoy.


Diablo III is available now for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. There are also versions available for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, but they're not going to get this special event.