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Blizzard Reveals "Inferno" Difficulty for Diablo 3

By - Source: Kotaku | B 40 comments

Diablo 3 will have a fourth difficulty mode, Inferno, that will feature enemies at levels higher than the player character level cap.

During Gamescom 2011, Blizzard's game director Jay Wilson revealed that Diablo 3 will feature a fourth difficulty mode called "Inferno" for those who thrive on extreme punishment. Featuring monsters with a minimum level of 61, this mode is aimed at players who have maxed out their character at the level 60 cap.

According to Wilson, enemies will get a boost in health, damage, damage resistances and aggression in Inferno. They'll even have access to a larger suite of powers. With that in mind, players should expect a tougher game across the board, even for experienced hunters who previously chewed up the first two installments.

"The idea was that we wanted a difficulty mode where the entire game was viable," Wilson said. "So you don't have to pick and choose key areas [to replay]."

Wilson said that the team has created a "flattened" difficulty experience so that players revisit the world seeking "bigger and bolder challenges" rather than jumping in just to grab unique loot drops or to fight one specific breed of minions.

"We do expect there to be a certain amount of... runs to get items, but we wanted players to do it over a lot more content," Wilson said. "We're trying to make sure that there's a lot more opportunities for players to see a lot more variety."

He added that if player behavior does lean towards the quick encounters, then Blizzard may encourage and reward players for doing more "diverse plays."

That said, there will be unique items only uncovered in the Inferno mode including Runestones, armor, weapons and other items. These will be visually distinct from the versions available on lower difficulty levels. This means Inferno uniques will have its own set of artwork, so those branding Inferno-based weapons and armor will undoubtedly be noticed on lower-difficulty raids.

To get the full scoop on the Inferno mode, head here.

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    BluntObjection , August 19, 2011 11:19 AM
    "Inferno" difficulty = What you experience when you can't connect to battle.net to play single player.
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    mute20 , August 19, 2011 5:36 AM
    Hardcore should make a return.
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    vilenjan , August 19, 2011 5:51 AM
    wtb D3 nowz!
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    vilenjan , August 19, 2011 5:52 AM
    why so srs droking?
  • 8 Hide
    hp79 , August 19, 2011 5:52 AM
    Where's the game?
  • 2 Hide
    stupiful , August 19, 2011 6:08 AM
    inb4 cavalcade of ignorant "blizzard sucks for reasons that I fully comprehend, I just like bandwagoning" blather.
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    michalmierzwa , August 19, 2011 6:20 AM
    Blizzard the wizard propaganda to fuel revenue, while rest of the world is in recession, Blizzard's going to flourish
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    haplo602 , August 19, 2011 6:22 AM
    iDon'tCare(tm)
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    therabiddeer , August 19, 2011 6:23 AM
    mute20Hardcore should make a return.

    Hardcore is going to be in D3...
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    henydiah , August 19, 2011 8:06 AM
    why must difficult ?
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    becherovka , August 19, 2011 8:12 AM
    Release date 2023, I thought it would of been later than that.
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    rantoc , August 19, 2011 10:25 AM
    Looking forward to get the pre-purchase delieverd!
  • 19 Hide
    BluntObjection , August 19, 2011 11:19 AM
    "Inferno" difficulty = What you experience when you can't connect to battle.net to play single player.
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    Darkerson , August 19, 2011 11:43 AM
    I wont deny the game is going to be fun, Im still a little miffed at them over some of the less then appealing reveals lately. It wont matter, though. Ultimately the game is going to sell like hotcakes.
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    aracheb , August 19, 2011 12:07 PM
    BluntObjection"Inferno" difficulty = What you experience when you can't connect to battle.net to play single player.

    lol.. epic..

    they should stuck the inferno where the sun doesn't shine... and i hope they had a lot of difficulty..
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    Onus , August 19, 2011 12:49 PM
    Yep, this won't matter. As eagerly as I was waiting for this one, I won't buy it until I can play single-player without an Internet connection, such as could easily be the case when traveling.
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    mobrocket , August 19, 2011 1:14 PM
    PC GAME OF THE YEAR
    question is what year?
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    mauller07 , August 19, 2011 1:52 PM
    Level 60 cap? what happened to level 99 with over level 99 mobs like in diablo 2?

    oh yeah i forgot since WoW blizzard likes to release the full game to you in expansion packs.
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    cknobman , August 19, 2011 2:01 PM
    Wonder if they will still have the stupid arse insane low drop rate for items (especially set items) of something like .000000000001% drop rate.

    That way you only ever find 1 piece of a set making the whole idea of sets completely useless.
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    bv90andy , August 19, 2011 2:17 PM
    They should have made a mode where, every time you finish the game, you can start over harder and harder and harder ad infinitum, and maybe count those runs so you can prove how good you are
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    illo , August 19, 2011 3:09 PM
    mauller07Level 60 cap? what happened to level 99 with over level 99 mobs like in diablo 2?oh yeah i forgot since WoW blizzard likes to release the full game to you in expansion packs.


    d2 didnt have lvl 99 mobs.
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