Nephalem Rifts are one of the biggest additions to Diablo 3. Available only in the new Adventure Mode in the Reaper of Souls expansion, Nephalem Rifts allow players to journey to an instant randomly generated dungeon populated by random mobs for quick experience and epic loot drops.
The rifts are about to get even more epic with the addition of an endless dungeon. According to Blizzard poster Lylirra and game designer Wyatt Cheng, the studio intends to expand upon Nephalem Rifts in the upcoming 2.1.0 patch, creating what they’re calling “Tiered Rifts.”
Wyatt wrote: “There is another major feature in the patch 2.1, which is going to be what we're internally calling Tiered Rifts. The idea is a challenge scenario, where players do increasingly hard Rifts, to see who can get the farthest. The way it works is: You do your Bounties and get the tokens, then you do a Nephalem Rift.
“If you clear it, there's a chance to get a Greater Rift Token. If you successfully do that, you'll get a Greater Rift Key (Rank 2); if you clear that one, you get Rank 3, etc. Much like seasons, we're going to have a leaderboard as well, so you can see who got to the highest tier Rift, and what time were they able to obtain on that.”
Posting on the Battle.net forum, Lylirra says that the Tiered Rifts remain in development, so there aren’t any additional details to share at this time, but that they hope to provide more information in the coming weeks.