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Blizzard on Diablo III

The Diablo III Forums have a Message from Mike Morhaime reflecting on Diablo III in the two months since the action/RPG sequel launched. He recaps and explains the game's growing pains after launch, and goes on to discuss its future, saying they are working on a way to make the game playable without playing Diablo tycoon on the auction house, reducing issues related to the game's always-on requirement, and they are "also working on a gameplay system that will provide players who have max-level, high-powered characters new goals to strive for as an alternative to the 'item hunt'." Here's a bit:

You’ve seen some of that work already in patch 1.0.3, and you’ll see additional improvements with patch 1.0.4. On the game balance front, this update will contain changes designed to further deliver on the team’s goal of promoting “build diversity,” with buffs to many rarely used, underpowered class abilities. Another topic we’ve seen actively discussed is the fact that better, more distinct Legendary items are needed. We agree. Patch 1.0.4 will also include new and improved Legendary items that are more interesting, more powerful, and more epic in ways you probably won’t be expecting.

We’re also working on a number of interface updates, including social improvements that will allow players to more easily view their friends’ achievements, more quickly join games, and more efficiently communicate with each other. In addition, we’ll be making updates to the auction house in the future to provide players with better information through tooltips and notices, offer improved search functionality, and more.

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31. Re: Blizzard on Diablo III Jul 19, 2012, 13:58 Undocumented Alien
They already sold 7 million plus, it's a resounding success

I think most would agree that ActiBlizz could have taken a shit in a box and slapped the Diablo sticker on it and it would have sold 7 million plus copies.

I think most people would also agree that if this wasn't a Diablo game the publisher would have NEVER gotten away with this "always on" bullshit (as evidence in regards to Ubisofts treatment).

I have played the game, I gifted my buddy T1 in return for 1 character slot in his D3 game. The game is "OK". The online requirement sucks, even with 100 ms or less ping I get sling shotted back 10 feet for no reason. This sucks when you just want to play SP.

I agree with other posters here, the game is unbelieveable easy. In D1 I would only click about an inch away from my character as even in Normal mode in D1 you could get a royal beatdown if you went to fast. With D3, I have my Barb at an almost always on sprint as I just cut down shit like it was standing still. The loot drops do suck and if I really want nice loot I can just use the AH (non-RMAH). So why do I care about drops in the game? The cooldowns are fucking dumb.

Between not being worried about MOBS (to easy) and not caring about drops in the game (just use gold to buy a nice yellow), it just doesn't really feel like Diablo anymore expect for the hack n' slash (which gets boring pretty quick). I've played my Barb and now I'm on to some of the new games I got from STEAM with thier Summer sales. Just have no desire to play D3 anymore, they really screwed up a great brand for $$$.

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