The release of Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls will mark the debut of two major social features in Diablo 3: clans and communities, developer Blizzard Entertainment announced today.
Both features are designed to facilitate the formation of friendships between Diablo 3 players. Clans are limited to 120 members and are invite-only organizations, and you can only be a part of one clan at a time. They're aimed at uniting players who have similar interests, schedules or goals. On the other hand, communities are more casual affiliations; they can be public or private, and membership is "nearly unlimited," according to Blizzard. In addition, you can play in multiple communities at once.
Blizzard added similar social features to StarCraft 2 with the release of StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm in March 2013: clans and groups.
Clans and communities will arrive in Diablo 3 with patch 2.0.1, the update that will be released prior to the March 25 launch of Reaper of Souls. The features are currently available in the version of patch 2.0.1 on the Diablo 3 Public Test Realm and the Reaper of Souls beta.