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Blizzard Making Changes to Systems in Diablo 3

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Blizzard is making significant changes to Diablo 3 based on closed beta feedback and internal testing.

Based on the topic header, it sounded as if Blizzard planned to change the system specs for its upcoming action/RPG for the PC, Diablo 3. But (currently) that's not the case at all, and instead is an announcement that the team is changing some of the core in-game systems based on feedback from the closed beta and from internal testing.

"Our job isn't just to put out a game, it's to release the next Diablo game," the team states in the latest update. "No one will remember if the game is late, only if it's great. We trust in our ability to put out a great game, but we're not quite there yet. In addition to finishing and polishing the content of the game we're continuing to iterate on some of the core game systems."

For starters, the team has removed the Scroll of Identification. Instead of using this item to identify items, users simply right-click on the object in question and wait for the character to examine it. They're also moving the fifth quick slot button and turning it into a dedicated potion button. The Mystic artisan is also getting evicted, as the team didn’t feel that she added anything to the customization system.

"[Mystic] enhancement was really just the socket and gem system with a different name, and it would prolong the release of the game even further to go back to the drawing board and differentiate it, so we’ll revisit the Mystic and enhancements at a later time," Blizzard writes. "Removing her from the game took some time, but it’s nowhere near the efforts that would be required to flesh out a better customization system. We hope she’ll be able to join your caravan in the future, but for now we’re going to focus on the extensive customization options the game already offers."

For those that aren't keeping up with the continuous development, none of these changes may even matter in the end. If anything, the update offers a good idea of where the team is at in regards to cranking out a finished product. Still, for those who have followed development since the beginning, this lengthy update includes the removal of the Cauldron of Jordan and Nephalem Cube, changes to the core character attributes, moving character stats into the inventory UI and more.

To read the full update, head here.

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    Travis Beane , January 20, 2012 5:32 AM
    As much as I enjoy playing betas and even alphas, it's also quite wonderful to play a game that works. I've waited this long, what's a little more?
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    Goldengoose , January 20, 2012 7:37 AM
    ttcboyThere goes the hope of FEB release !!!!!Just release and patch later like other companies does. dammit ....

    No, just no.
  • 14 Hide
    Anonymous , January 20, 2012 8:12 AM
    Actually, people will remember both. In the time it's taking Blizzard to give us Diablo III, BioWare gave us the ENTIRE MASS EFFECT FRANCHISE.
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  • 22 Hide
    Travis Beane , January 20, 2012 5:32 AM
    As much as I enjoy playing betas and even alphas, it's also quite wonderful to play a game that works. I've waited this long, what's a little more?
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    shoda , January 20, 2012 5:36 AM
    I still want an invite to the beta, Blizzard... :D  or anyone else!
  • 18 Hide
    Goldengoose , January 20, 2012 7:37 AM
    ttcboyThere goes the hope of FEB release !!!!!Just release and patch later like other companies does. dammit ....

    No, just no.
  • 14 Hide
    Anonymous , January 20, 2012 8:12 AM
    Actually, people will remember both. In the time it's taking Blizzard to give us Diablo III, BioWare gave us the ENTIRE MASS EFFECT FRANCHISE.
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    UltimateDeep , January 20, 2012 8:14 AM
    Please give me a key! I've been waiting for longo longo time now!
  • 5 Hide
    IndignantSkeptic , January 20, 2012 10:01 AM
    I don't care for this game at all since it seems to be built for PS2 hardware specifications and I'm tired of PS3 hardware specifications already.
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    southernshark , January 20, 2012 10:34 AM
    Its pretty standard for Biizz to do this. I was in the WCIII beta and some of the balances were so far off that they were just nuts (skele rush anyone). So this does not surprise me. And frankly I think its good that Blizz still puts games first and release dates second.
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    stingstang , January 20, 2012 10:43 AM
    "No one will remember if the game is late, only if it's great"
    Yea, because absolutely NO ONE REMEMBERS that DNF was late. Nope. Nobody here I'm sure. That didn't affect the gameplay experience at all.
    btw, /sarcasm.
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    sporkimus , January 20, 2012 10:52 AM
    I'm starting to think George Lucas is in charge of this game because Blizz has been doing nothing but make more and more changes and just delaying the release further and further.
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    officeguy , January 20, 2012 11:01 AM
    Quote:
    "No one will remember if the game is late, only if it's great."
    Ummm, yes we will. This is what Blizzard is know for".
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    NuclearShadow , January 20, 2012 11:03 AM
    sporkimusI'm starting to think George Lucas is in charge of this game because Blizz has been doing nothing but make more and more changes and just delaying the release further and further.


    This should be a praise not a complaint. When I purchase a game and play it I want it to be a positive experience that is aimed towards the best the developers can provide. I applaud Blizzard for taking their time to do just that.
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    maxinexus , January 20, 2012 11:15 AM
    What is one more year(hopefully) in comparison to almost a decade of waiting? Just stop waiting and when D3 gets here it would be awesome. There are many other games to play.
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    n3ard3ath , January 20, 2012 11:21 AM
    Diablo 1 1996, Diablo 2 2000, Diablo 3 2012.....See what I did there? Suuure, let's polish, leeeeet's polish. Because an Action RPG game is so complex to make, sooooooo complex. Even more complex when you're using 8 years old graphic technology might I add.
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    everygamer , January 20, 2012 11:27 AM
    We will remember if it is late and it sucks though
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    zak_mckraken , January 20, 2012 12:47 PM
    stingstang"No one will remember if the game is late, only if it's great"Yea, because absolutely NO ONE REMEMBERS that DNF was late. Nope. Nobody here I'm sure. That didn't affect the gameplay experience at all.btw, /sarcasm.

    Well, to be fair, DNF was not only late, but also not that great. So that might not be the best example.
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    dark_lord69 , January 20, 2012 12:51 PM
    "No one will remember if a game is late, only if it's great."
    The original starcraft was WAAAAAAAAAY late... I remember!
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    halls , January 20, 2012 1:02 PM
    I'm bummed that they're getting rid of the Nephalem Cube. I really liked being able to get some use out of the random common drops and not having to go into town as often. Not a big deal when I'm on my own, but missing out on mob kills and XP with your friends is going to suck every time your bags are full, which will happen more often now.

    I played through the beta. You can only get up to level 13, and it's only part of one act. But trust me when I say this game is going to be awesome, and it'll be worth the wait and polish they're putting on it. I never played either of the first two, but I already love this one and it's going to be a day one purchase for me.
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    Anonymous , January 20, 2012 1:43 PM
    "We hope she’ll be able to join your caravan in the future, but for now we’re going to focus on the extensive customization options the game already offers."

    Translation: We'll remove it now so you can buy it later in a DLC
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    pale paladin , January 20, 2012 1:58 PM
    at this rate my 1yr old will be able to play with me by the time the game is released.
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