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Blizzard Announces Paragon Levels for Diablo III Endgame

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Finally an increase in the level cap...ish?

One of the most criticized things about Diablo III has been its lackluster endgame value and low level cap. Straying from Diablo II's 99 level cap, Blizzard developers, for some mad reason, decided to give players a puny level cap of 60 during Diablo III's release. This left thousands of level 60 players with nothing to do other than bash their heads in at the initial difficulty of Inferno.

While several decreases to the difficulty of Inferno have made the game more playable for many, others still felt a staggering lack of purpose for logging into the game. In continuation of its 1.0.4 previews, Blizzard has unveiled an upcoming feature that may bring a number of players back into the game, Paragon Levels.

"We understand that some players feel frustrated once they hit level 60 because they no longer feel like they’re making progress. It can be demoralizing to play for an hour, not get any drops, and also be out a big chunk of gold from repair costs," says game director Jay Wilson. "Your play session may not only end without an upgrade, it can wind up being a net loss. Everyone wants to feel like they’re making some progress when they log in, even if they don’t get that new sword."

The solution to the problem?

Introducing the Paragon System

The new Paragon system coming in patch 1.0.4 is designed to address Magic Find gear-swapping while providing players who’ve reached level 60 with an extended progression system.
Here’s how it works:

  • After you hit level 60, any further experience you earn from killing monsters will begin to count toward Paragon levels
  • There are 100 Paragon levels
  • Every Paragon level will reward you with:
    • Core stats such as Strength, Dexterity, Intelligence, and Vitality in amounts similar to what you’d gain from a normal level
    • 3% Magic Find and 3% Gold Find
  • In addition, a distinctive increasingly-impressive border will surround your character portrait in the in-game party frame to denote your Paragon progression, with a new frame earned after every ten levels. Your Paragon level will also be visible to other players wherever your normal level is shown.

According to Wilson, the amount of time required to reach the upper Paragon levels will be similar to the long-term time investment required to reach level 99 in Diablo II. While the new system certainly provides players with an incentive to log back in, they will still be fighting the same mobs and bosses over and over again in order to reach that 100 Paragon level cap. If the upcoming changes for legendary items weren't enough, are the new paragon levels enough to bring you back?

 

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    ct1615 , August 21, 2012 2:09 AM
    so you just replay the same levels over and over and over???
  • 24 Hide
    tomfreak , August 21, 2012 2:08 AM
    Looks like this game has become a gold farmer/bot farmer paradise.
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    audi911 , August 21, 2012 2:45 AM
    Blizzard is trying to fix every fail they made with this game.
    They are trying to bandaid this game at an alarming rate.
    It's discouraging to see how they are trying to hard to make this failed game playable.
    They know they botched this game so bad and can never make it comparable to Diablo 2.

    I am beginning to think these patches and ridiculous add ons are thought up on the fly by a team of people who are all facepalming themselves saying, "How did we screw this game up so bad!"
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  • 24 Hide
    tomfreak , August 21, 2012 2:08 AM
    Looks like this game has become a gold farmer/bot farmer paradise.
  • 25 Hide
    ct1615 , August 21, 2012 2:09 AM
    so you just replay the same levels over and over and over???
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    AlienIsGOD , August 21, 2012 2:16 AM
    no i wont go back, my annual pass ends in november and i pre purchased GW 2 :p 
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    schnitter , August 21, 2012 2:22 AM
    So, over time, with all the extra stats with paragon... the end game will get easier and easier. Not only this, but a lvl 60 with full paragon will be completely broken for PVP. Basically, if you want to PvP with a char, you need to be maxed Paragon. This also makes you unable to PvP with 2 chars successfully. Thanks blizzard, I see no reason to come back to this sh!t game.
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    hotroderx , August 21, 2012 2:38 AM
    Bad Ideas blizzard seems to be making them at a alarming rate. Like others said bot paradise now which adds funds to the RMAH.... PVP we broke it before it released since now paragons will gank you. Talk about continuing to make a bad situation worse.
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    proxy711 , August 21, 2012 2:39 AM
    This really doesn't make players return to the game. The ppl that quit over being bored already have tons of MF and can farm Act 3 and 4 with ease. They might return for a few days then quit again after they see nothing really changed.
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    audi911 , August 21, 2012 2:45 AM
    Blizzard is trying to fix every fail they made with this game.
    They are trying to bandaid this game at an alarming rate.
    It's discouraging to see how they are trying to hard to make this failed game playable.
    They know they botched this game so bad and can never make it comparable to Diablo 2.

    I am beginning to think these patches and ridiculous add ons are thought up on the fly by a team of people who are all facepalming themselves saying, "How did we screw this game up so bad!"
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    audi911 , August 21, 2012 2:47 AM
    Imagine how hard they are working now to try to make a non failure expansion pack
  • 11 Hide
    bllue , August 21, 2012 2:50 AM
    This was just done so people can farm more, thus allowing Blizzard to rake in the millions from the RMAH. They've gone full greedy people
  • 9 Hide
    audi911 , August 21, 2012 3:02 AM
    Obviously Blizzard isn't stupid they know that they make a profit from RMAH so the more people sell the more money they make.
    What a failure this game is
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    bystander , August 21, 2012 3:05 AM
    schnitterSo, over time, with all the extra stats with paragon... the end game will get easier and easier. Not only this, but a lvl 60 with full paragon will be completely broken for PVP. Basically, if you want to PvP with a char, you need to be maxed Paragon. This also makes you unable to PvP with 2 chars successfully. Thanks blizzard, I see no reason to come back to this sh!t game.

    Blizzard could just not allow Paragon levels to apply in PvP. They have a history of having different rules in PvP than in PvE.
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    bystander , August 21, 2012 3:07 AM
    audi911Blizzard is trying to fix every fail they made with this game.They are trying to bandaid this game at an alarming rate.It's discouraging to see how they are trying to hard to make this failed game playable.They know they botched this game so bad and can never make it comparable to Diablo 2. I am beginning to think these patches and ridiculous add ons are thought up on the fly by a team of people who are all facepalming themselves saying, "How did we screw this game up so bad!"

    There is a lot of truth to that. Though not all new ideas will be bad, but a lot of damage has already been done and how do you overhaul the game after so many invested real money into items in the game? Not that I ever did, but I'm sure a bunch of people will feel screwed, if they aren't already with the new Legendary changes.
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    audi911 , August 21, 2012 3:12 AM
    It's too bad Blizzard employees don't read these things and admit their failure.
    (But what company would admit a total botch on a game)
    It would be nice to see them come out of the hole they dug, but I really doubt it.
    It's too bad, this game was so highly anticipated and it failed so miserably.
    They did this to themselves
    And yes they did get very greedy with the RMAH
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    thor220 , August 21, 2012 3:18 AM
    Yeah blizzard screwed themselves over with diablo 3 but at least they are will to try and fix it. Let's see the issues in mass effect 3 get fixed anytime soon. Diablo 3 will have support for at least 10 years so I would imagine that by then the issues will be gone. Also it would be cool if the paragon levels unlock new runes.
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    magnetite , August 21, 2012 3:42 AM
    thor220Yeah blizzard screwed themselves over with diablo 3 but at least they are will to try and fix it. Let's see the issues in mass effect 3 get fixed anytime soon. Diablo 3 will have support for at least 10 years so I would imagine that by then the issues will be gone. Also it would be cool if the paragon levels unlock new runes.


    What does Mass Effect 3 have anything to do with a Diablo 3 article?
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    dormantreign , August 21, 2012 3:46 AM
    They need to say F it, and give the players the helm. Cut off that online DRM crapola, Let us mod it, include a PVP that is online for FUN which as a system to check your game like Punk Buster, and ditch the paying AH and they need to ADD Lan. Stopped playing this game after 2 weeks. It really is a crap game. Boring as hell and repeditave.
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    master_chen , August 21, 2012 4:23 AM
    There are still people out there who keep playing Diablo III even after so much fails from Blizzard's side? Really?
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    Anonymous , August 21, 2012 4:26 AM
    I like my ending better. I used the wizard exploit to beat inferno, then started using a bot to farm gold, sold it on the RMAH and got banned. GG.
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    dissbelief , August 21, 2012 4:29 AM
    When are we getting an offline option Blizzard?
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    thor220 , August 21, 2012 4:42 AM
    magnetiteWhat does Mass Effect 3 have anything to do with a Diablo 3 article?


    Because both games were a large disappointment for their respective franchises. You can see that each game is very flawed and that blizzard is trying to fix their's. But in comparison, Bioware spends much less time fixing their game after release than blizzard does. At least they are trying to do something positive, albeit, for their own reasons.
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