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Blizzard Makes Even More Changes to Diablo 3

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After releasing a long list of changes, Blizzard has revealed even more edits it will make to the upcoming PC game Diablo 3.

After announcing a long list of changes that were made in Diablo 3, Blizzard has announced that a few more additional changes are in order. The team stated on Friday that both the Scroll of Companion and the Scroll of Reforging will be removed because they "weren't good enough" for the upcoming PC game in its 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," wrote the community manager. "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."

Before its death, the Scroll of Companion allowed players to summon a random non-combat pet to pick up gold within a short radius. The list of pets included a bat, a chicken, a pig, a rat, a scorpion and more. As for the Scroll of Reforging, it transmuted all properties of a single magic item into an entirely new set of properties which in turn permanently reduced the maximum durability of the item by 10-percent.

For those currently in the closed beta who were particularly fond of these scrolls, they're not quite completely dead just yet. "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," the blog reads. "For the time being, they will not be in the initial release of the game."

Diablo 3 is currently at v.0.6.0.8296 (patch 10). As previously reported, the team already made changes to the core character attributes: Attack, Defense and Precision have been removed, and Dexterity, Intellect, Strength, and Vitality have been added. Armor has taken the place of Defense, +Physical Resist has replaced the original Armor, and +Chance to Crit has replaced Precision.

To see the full list of changes, check out the Diablo 3 blog here. Nope, it doesn't look like Diablo 3 will be out anytime soon...

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    velocityg4 , January 28, 2012 12:10 PM
    Hopefully the next change will be an option to play the game offline. I don't care about having a character I can use to play against other people otherwise I'd buy WOW. I just want to play a game for a while and turn it off.

    I also like to use cheats and hacks. To me that is what makes a games fun. Having a suped up character that can womp the enemies (without having to play a game for 50+ hours or in linear games only reach that point near the end). Some games I like to beat once then replay with cheats and hacks on. Others I get bored with and turn on the cheats and hacks.

    I can understand why in MMO's they don't want cheats/hacks. But in games with single player options I don't see a reason not to allow it. It's your copy you should be able to do whatever you want.
  • 14 Hide
    ironmb , January 28, 2012 9:57 AM
    Release date: 2020
  • 13 Hide
    ikensteiner , January 28, 2012 12:59 PM
    Please provide a link to the FACT that 99 % of these people live with their mom.
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    apache_lives , January 28, 2012 9:18 AM
    RELEASE IT ALREADY
  • 12 Hide
    zybch , January 28, 2012 9:45 AM
    This so much seems to be turning into "design by committee". Something that kills pretty every product unfortunate enough to be in that situation.
    Besides, D3 is destined to disappoint. Its had so much hype and players of D2 simply won't be wowed enough to stop the inevitable criticism.
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    Shape , January 28, 2012 9:47 AM
    ^^ It doesn't matter if it disappoints everyone. Everyone is still going to play Diablo III.

    Wohoooo!
  • 14 Hide
    ironmb , January 28, 2012 9:57 AM
    Release date: 2020
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    whitey_rolls , January 28, 2012 10:16 AM
    At this point doesn't it seem like the game is being 'over produced'. These guys are so worried about putting out the perfect game I wouldn't be shocked if they make so many changes that they just screw everything up.
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    Shape , January 28, 2012 10:18 AM
    zybchI'm not, and neither are the millions of other gamers who despise that god awful 3rd person isometric view that was already old and tired when D2 was in its prime.


    Ok
  • 0 Hide
    bd26 , January 28, 2012 10:31 AM
    Will > Wont

    The game will sell and people will enjoy it.

    Even if its just mediocre upgraded diablo 2, A goodish game... Lots of content/updates/and top down camera without a monthly fee.... It would be hard to not get your pennys worth, over a period of a year.

    Even just playing the game on and off.
  • 0 Hide
    Anonymous , January 28, 2012 10:33 AM
    Waiting for GW2 instead.
  • 4 Hide
    memadmax , January 28, 2012 11:00 AM
    This is what we call in the engineering world "nuking it out"........

    Ur thinking too much... just let it out.........
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    Anonymous , January 28, 2012 11:16 AM
    crit rating? So original...NOT. so boring.
  • 6 Hide
    sa5er1234 , January 28, 2012 11:42 AM
    Starcraft II came, Diablo III is coming, and we are expecting Warcraft IV.... :D 
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    RealBeast , January 28, 2012 11:58 AM
    I'd rather wait impatiently than have them release another Duke Nukem Forever flop.

    Maybe the marketing guys said, "hey we missed a Christmas release, can we fix something and release it next Christmas?"
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    velocityg4 , January 28, 2012 12:10 PM
    Hopefully the next change will be an option to play the game offline. I don't care about having a character I can use to play against other people otherwise I'd buy WOW. I just want to play a game for a while and turn it off.

    I also like to use cheats and hacks. To me that is what makes a games fun. Having a suped up character that can womp the enemies (without having to play a game for 50+ hours or in linear games only reach that point near the end). Some games I like to beat once then replay with cheats and hacks on. Others I get bored with and turn on the cheats and hacks.

    I can understand why in MMO's they don't want cheats/hacks. But in games with single player options I don't see a reason not to allow it. It's your copy you should be able to do whatever you want.
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    southernshark , January 28, 2012 12:35 PM
    I prefer Isometric view over the retched WoW-like first person view. Iso or bust.

    Screw the people who don't like it. 99 percent of them live with their mom. FACT.
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    k11365 , January 28, 2012 12:54 PM
    So tired of waiting for this shit. Heard and read news about it since 2009. Blizzard's market strategy of prolonging releases are a big turn-off. I bet Starcraft II exp is also going to be delayed over and over. For people who do not mind playing offline RPGs just get Kingdoms of Amalur or Dragon's Dogma.
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    ikensteiner , January 28, 2012 12:59 PM
    Please provide a link to the FACT that 99 % of these people live with their mom.
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    4745454b , January 28, 2012 1:04 PM
    Pet? While nice to not have to click EVERYTHING to pick it up, find some other way.

    As for the other scroll, I kinda like that idea. I say kinda because D2 gave you the ability to use gems and the cube to "re-roll" an item and you didn't lose anything other then the gems. Not sure why giving up durability is a better idea unless they removed the re-roll option from the cube recipes.
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    NuclearShadow , January 28, 2012 1:09 PM
    A shame to hear about the pets. I would have loved to have a cute looking pet kill Diablo.
    Just imagine the king of hell dominating the world only to be stopped by a care bear.
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    doorspawn , January 28, 2012 1:18 PM
    Toms, are you planning to report every incremental D2 change?
    Is this a mirror of morhaimeshardware.com?
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