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Diablo III 1.04 This Month

The Diablo III Website has the first of the promised updates on the upcoming version 1.04 patch for Diablo III, which they say "is still a few weeks away," though they later specify the fourth week of August. The post gives an overview of things they are changing, including removing the averaging of gold find for a group, shrinking the gap between normal monsters and Elite packs (making normals less of a joke and elites less of a nightmare), dealing with some of the more difficult affixes, addressing the insanely small chance of finding anything useful, making two-handed weapons viable, getting rid of enrage timers, improving future legendary items, and finding ways to make some unused skills more useful and/or appealing. Here's the summary:

These are really just a few of the topline systems changes we’ll be making in 1.0.4, and we hope you’re looking forward to them as much as we are. We’ll of course have a lot more info coming at you in the weeks ahead on Legendary items, classes and more, as well as some interviews we’ll be holding shortly before the patch goes live – which, by the way, is currently targeted for the fourth week of August.

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14. Re: Diablo III 1.04 This Month Aug 10, 2012, 23:29 Eirikrautha
 
AnointedSword wrote on Aug 10, 2012, 22:58:
I love how people were saying this game was dead. I find it funny because of the actual data that we have on this company. Blizzard has showed support for their games second to none. Take away all the class warfare- rich versus poor- arguments and you have a company that supported D2 for years! Name another company (not community patches) that supported a game as long? The list is real short...

I also find it funny that people say this game has zero content after you beat the game. Clearly, you have never played other action RPGs or...I will keep the negative thoughts to myself. With that said, more content will come via patches and boxed expansions (just like most every other game in this category).

Why is it too little...too late? Blizzard will get this game up to par long before an expansion will come out. It isn't like you have to pay a monthly fee or by another copy to try out the new patches...

Cool... I thought all the Kool Aid drinkers here on Blues had been cowed into silence! Jester

First, this Blizzard is not the Blizzard that made (or supported) Diablo II. Sure, it's the same name... but a lot of the creative talent has left, and the outlook of the studio has become solidly Activision. So your appeal to the past is worthless.

Second, the complaints about "endgame" have nothing to do with an actual end (and post-game content) and everything to do with the replay-ability of the game. Previous Diablos were fun after game end specifically because the item grind encouraged replays. Because Blizzard marketed this game as a quasi-MMO and designed it around their AH, the one feature that gave Diablo games longevity was replaced with MMO-style grinding for gold or useless items to buy your needed items with (or short-cutted by buying with real money... which removes all of the appeal of the previous games!).

So, despite all fanboi protestations to the contrary, Diablo III has been a bucket-o-fail from a purely game-centric perspective. And hopes for a radical change in a month require you to ignore the fact that they would have to change the entire design of the game to accomplish this...
 
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