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When does Diablo 3 Season 28 start?

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Diablo 3 Season 27 is currently in progress, with players delightedly upgrading their gear to Primal Ancient levels through Angelic Crucibles. And yet the community asks the inevitable question: when will Season 28 start? Though the Diablo team doesn’t announce Season start dates very far in advance, Seasons follow a relatively predictable pattern, and we can make some reasonable guesses. Therefore, we predict that Season 28 will start on Friday, March 3, 2023.

You’re probably wondering exactly how we arrived at this particular date. It’s not from the void; we’re working with averages. We have seen some notably long runtimes in the last few seasons:

  • Season 22 — Started November 20, 2020, ended March 28, 2021. Runtime? 18 weeks, 2 days
  • Season 23 — Started April 2, 2021, ended July 18, 2021. Runtime? 15 weeks, 2 days
  • Season 24 — Started July 23, 2021, ended December 5, 2021. Runtime? 19 weeks, 2 days
  • Season 25 — Started December 10, 2021, ended April 10, 2022. Runtime? 17 weeks, 2 days
  • Season 26 — Started April 15, 2022, ended August 21, 2022. Runtime? 18 weeks, 2 days
  • Season 27 — Started August 26, 2022.

What will narrow down our estimated start date is the announcement of testing for patch 2.7.5. The PTR generally starts five weeks before the next season begins, with a few exceptions, such as the Patch 2.7.4 testing cycle. Lucky for us, the official PTR announcement gives us a definite date to project from:

  • Estimated PTR start — Tuesday, January 31
  • Estimated PTR end — Tuesday, February 7
  • Estimated Season 27 end — Sunday, February 26
  • Estimated Season 28 start — Friday, March 3

And it makes sense, right? D3‘s Hellish Holiday event ends February 5, and the Darkening of Tristram ends January 31, so we’re kicking off testing at the end of the anniversary. Plus, Diablo 4 is slated for release on June 6, 2023. A lot is going on in the Diablo franchise.

Season 27 will go down as the longest season we’ve seen in Diablo 3 at six months, followed by one more season to carry us to the D4 release. But remember, March 3 is still speculation; we’ll update you with the exact date once we have the announcement from the Diablo community team. Until then, you have plenty of time to complete the season’s journey and earn yourself a terrifyingly adorable (or adorably terrifying, your choice), arm-wielding zombie dog. Happy hunting!

Originally published Sep 12, 2022, updated January 26, 2023

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