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Diablo III PTR Updated

Blizzard offers an updated set of PTR patch notes for the upcoming version 1.07 update for Diablo III. There is one new achievement listed along with a number of bug fixes for the action/RPG sequel, including some with the Public Test Realm itself. Arguably most significant is the change so that players are considered "elites" within the game, which will impact certain item effects in PvP combat. Looking beyond the release of this new patch in the live version of the game, a forum post from a Community Manager says Blizzard is working to address player complaints that characters are merely the sum of their gear:

We know that (for many players) its much more rewarding to gear up from items that you find while playing normally than it is to necessarily go through Auction House, and were working to make improvements in that area. There are a lot of ways we could attempt to reach that goal, and choosing the best one(s) to go with is not always a fast process. I want to encourage you all to continue to post your thoughts on the subject and I promise we will keep reading and relaying them.

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23. Re: Diablo III PTR Updated Jan 23, 2013, 14:01 Verno
Creston wrote on Jan 23, 2013, 13:14:
Out of curiosity, Path of Exile is going to be F2P, right? How do the Path of Exile devs plan to make money? I'm not being snarky, I genuinely would like to know. They've obviously put a ton of money into developing it, how are they planning on earning it back and paying for server upkeep etc?

Last time I was into the game it was mostly cosmetic stuff (item additions, etc), not sure how its progressed though. They made a few million of selling non-combat pets packed in with beta keys and whatnot so I think they'll be alright. It's a promising game but they really need to fix up the tempo of the Normal difficulty and general early level stuff, it's quite slow and will turn many people off I think. The devs are generally very responsive and open to listening to feedback though which is refreshing. For example they acknowledged the early game stuff and said they will work on it after they get through the open beta launch.

I don't think its the second coming of ARPG games and I wish they'd revisit a lot of the UI elements especially but it's definitely worth trying for yourself. Can't argue with the price tag. I'll definitely revisit it in a few months and see whats changed. Just keep in mind its like the Dark Souls of ARPGs though, nothing will be explained and you will do a lot of figuring things out for yourself or looking at forums/wikis. This can be a positive or a negative depending on who you're talking to
Playing: XCOM 2, Diablo 3
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