More Diablo III Cuts

The Diablo III Forums have word that the Scrolls of Companion and Scrolls of Reforging have been dropped from the Diablo III beta among the recently announced systems changes for Blizzard's action/RPG sequel (thanks VG247). Here's word:
Nethaera Community Manager A few more changes have made their way in to Diablo III beta patch 10, including the removal of Scrolls of Companion and Scrolls of Reforging, and we’ll be updating the patch notes to reflect that.

In both cases these are features we felt were underdeveloped and just not quite good enough for the game in their current state. The companion pets felt like they were mandatory to maximize play efficiency and some of the pets were too cutesy for the gritty, dark world of Sanctuary. Neither of those are issues we felt like we could solve without a lot of additional work, and we’re trying to close in on a solid release date for the game, not move further away. When weighing these systems against releasing the game, we decided to cut these scrolls and stay on track for the game’s release.

We think we can make companion pets into a much cooler system (both mechanically and visually), and evolve the reforging scrolls into a more meaningful system at some point in the future. For the time being, they will not be in the initial release of the game.
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Jan 27, 2012, 20:45
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What is going on over there? Starting to smell like a train wreck.
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Jan 27, 2012, 20:49
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Jan 27, 2012, 20:49
 
I have no fucking clue anymore. Wasn't Blizzard's credo 'When it's done'?
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Jan 27, 2012, 20:53
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Jan 27, 2012, 20:53
 
Q4 2015!

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Jan 27, 2012, 20:53
 
Beelzebud wrote on Jan 27, 2012, 20:45:
What is going on over there? Starting to smell like a train wreck.

Cutting stuff to make a release date doesn't seem too unusual. The cynic in me expects them to be added back as micro-transactions though.
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Jan 27, 2012, 20:56
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Jan 27, 2012, 20:56
 
Translation: 'We realized we can monetize the shit out of these so we'll add them in later to the cash shop along with everything else.'


"You’re still learning English? That’s the language you speak. How dumb are you?" - Rick Sanchez
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Jan 27, 2012, 20:59
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Jan 27, 2012, 20:59
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 27, 2012, 20:56:
Translation: 'We realized we can monetize the shit out of these so we'll add them in later to the cash shop along with everything else.'

Perhaps. There is a gear stat in the game that increases gold pickup radius, I don't wonder if they got rid of the cool scroll so people would use gold pickup radius gear.. which is all but useless as it stands now compared to virtually all other gear lol.

I can see where your coming from. I'm waiting for the post release 'get your scroll pack DLC with the scroll of companion! Only $29.99!'

To reply to Jerusahat, the companion scroll system has been in game for ages and working fine. It was a fun little mechanic that was also very handy.

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Jan 27, 2012, 21:08
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Yep. They're all out to get you. The Beta participants made it clear that they refuse to play the game as it is: they'd rather pay extra to gain access to features in DLC form only.
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Jan 27, 2012, 21:12
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Suckage wrote on Jan 27, 2012, 21:08:
Yep. They're all out to get you. The Beta participants made it clear that they refuse to play the game as it is: they'd rather pay extra to gain access to features in DLC form only.

nice and coherent there
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Jan 27, 2012, 21:16
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space captain wrote on Jan 27, 2012, 21:12:
nice and coherent there
Makes sense. It's just how I like my crazy. Full of madness, with a touch of chocolate.
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Jan 27, 2012, 21:22
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Why be coherent when you can have chocolate?
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Jan 27, 2012, 21:33
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Jan 27, 2012, 21:33
 
At this point, maybe the first DLC towards completing the game will be out in 2015..
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Jan 27, 2012, 21:33
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Jan 27, 2012, 21:33
 
Alright. So I'm a jackass because... what, exactly?
I do tend to distrust whatever comes from Activision. That being said,I'd sincerely be impressed/shocked to see them trying to monetize some features they cut from the beta. I could be proven wrong... but were this to be the case, it would simply be the last straw that'd make me avoid any of their products.
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Jan 27, 2012, 21:34
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Jan 27, 2012, 21:34
 
There is an old saying...Your company is only as good as the people you employ. I can sense some Obama voters being amongst the leadership of the D3 team...Oo

I also sense a lot of bs going around...Oo
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Jan 27, 2012, 21:41
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Jan 27, 2012, 21:41
 
Honestly, this is sounding more and more like they're losing control of the project. Looking at Blizzard they put out one game (that they chopped in to pieces to monotize on componants) other than that they've been building extensions on to a now admitedly old house. I'm starting to fear Diablo is going to turn in to a Duke Nukem.
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Jan 27, 2012, 21:58
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Jan 27, 2012, 21:58
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Chaos! Pandemonium 2012!
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Jan 27, 2012, 22:01
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Jan 27, 2012, 22:01
 
With the cuts to scrolls, the only thing Lecturns and Bookshelves drop now are the occasional health potion. Either make far less lootable bookshelves or itemize the damn things.

With that said, Scrolls of Companion were a wasted inventory slot. I don't know about the other Scroll, never saw it. Gold is picked up when you run over it, and as already mentioned, there is a "increase gold/globe pickup radius" stat on gear. The companion scroll isn't missed, and only encouraged racing when playing coop.

Ignore the cynical asses.

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Jan 27, 2012, 22:08
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Jan 27, 2012, 22:08
 
Right, remove those two things so that you can probably bring them back later in some expansion pack, right? Because change is good, right? Wait until the time is right for you to shove all this down our throats we've already sunk hours into the game probably, right? Yeah.
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Jan 27, 2012, 22:20
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Cram wrote on Jan 27, 2012, 21:58:
Chaos! Pandemonium 2012!

they just tryin to take it to a

ho... nubba... levo!
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Jan 27, 2012, 22:29
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Jan 27, 2012, 22:29
 
Whatever happened to When It's Done?

You can bet these will return as part of a patch/expansion with a dollar amount attached. In the case of "pets" I'm sure we'll see some on the Blizzard Store at the same time.

I remember those heady days of Warcraft 2, when it was more about making a kickass game... and not trying to milk a buyer's money-teat.
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