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Blizzard's Travis Day Outlines Diablo 3's Future

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Blizzard's Travis Day talks about the current state of Diablo 3 and its future.

Blizzard game designer Travis Day recently hit the Diablo 3 forum to discuss how the action-RPG came to its current state, and how it will be supported in the future. Some of the topics he covered included the game's overall challenge, items and how they relate to the auction houses, character customization, recent complaints about too many items, the legendary and set items, and more.

"I cover this topic in some depth in the upcoming Item Blog that community is in the process of getting ready for release next week," he said regarding complaints over item drops. "I will briefly say that we agree that too many items drop and we have plans to eventually reduce the rate that players see items, while also taking measures to improve the general quality of items you do see. The end result should be fewer items that are better instead of tons of items you don’t want."

He went on to admit that Diablo 3's social aspect – both in and out of the game -- still needs a lot of improvement. The team wants it to be easier for players to find other like-minded players to play with. However, there have been many changes to improve the coop experience like reducing the health multiplier of additional players, and removing the damage scaling when more players join the game.

"[Skill diversity] is something we constantly strive to improve," he said in the post. "Yes, there are a lot of runes and abilities that are lacking, but as you can see with our patches, we try over time to improve the balance of them regularly. In some cases runes are designed just to be fun or cool. In other cases, we try to make a large spectrum of runes competitive, but the math ends up favoring one over the others. In some cases, certain abilities or ability combinations are so potent that they overshadow almost every other option available."

The post goes on to admit that the Auction Houses have definitely made an impact on Diablo 3, but the team wants players to adventure out and discover their own gear. The new crafting recipes and Demonic Essence in the most recent patch were added to help gamers stay focused on the discovery aspect, but the team continues to examine how the issue can be fixed in the long term without having to close the Houses altogether.

"It is our intention that players are able to find their own items, because we feel the game is just more fun that way," he said. "There are several reason why it might not feel that way right now. One is the inherent randomness of our loot system. Another is the fact that the AH completely removes all friction between player trades. And another is when players DO find items they should be excited about, they are often disappointed because this items are not very good. All of these are very important and we hope to address them over time."

The update itself, called "The Salvation of Diablo 3," is rather lengthy, and is a prelude to an even longer update that's slate to go live this week. To read the current update, head here.

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  • 25 Hide
    ironmb , March 5, 2013 1:37 PM
    If you polish a turd, it's still a turd.
  • 24 Hide
    steve360 , March 5, 2013 1:17 PM
    As long as Activision has Blizzard by the balls, D3 cannot truly be saved.
  • 18 Hide
    apezooape , March 5, 2013 1:50 PM
    C'mon Mr. Day. We've all moved on. Take my hand and we will walk towards the light.
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  • 24 Hide
    steve360 , March 5, 2013 1:17 PM
    As long as Activision has Blizzard by the balls, D3 cannot truly be saved.
  • 25 Hide
    ironmb , March 5, 2013 1:37 PM
    If you polish a turd, it's still a turd.
  • 18 Hide
    apezooape , March 5, 2013 1:50 PM
    C'mon Mr. Day. We've all moved on. Take my hand and we will walk towards the light.
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    mazty , March 5, 2013 2:02 PM
    Completed the story twice. Uninstalled. Never felt a need to reinstall it. The fact they are only now considering sorting out the ludicrous drop system shows how out of touch they are with the players and gives me no reason to come back to the game.
  • 16 Hide
    Murissokah , March 5, 2013 2:03 PM
    Diablo 3 has no future. Want to win my confidence back? Offer me a refund.
  • 14 Hide
    Murissokah , March 5, 2013 2:05 PM
    The only Diablo 3 news I would be interested in is if Blizzard offered us a full refund.
  • 12 Hide
    nolarrow , March 5, 2013 2:07 PM
    let it dieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    also, WARCRAFT 4 OR GTFO
  • 10 Hide
    sten_gn , March 5, 2013 2:09 PM
    Diablo 3 R.I.P.
  • 10 Hide
    iknowhowtofixit , March 5, 2013 2:10 PM
    The only way to make this game better is to give me a refund and credit toward a future Blizzard game for wasting my time on this one.
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    06yfz450ridr , March 5, 2013 2:12 PM
    just started playing this game and have to say its not really that bad. its a nice alternative to play other than just bf3 or dc universe
  • 6 Hide
    RADIO_ACTIVE , March 5, 2013 2:25 PM
    Path of Exile FTW!
  • 4 Hide
    w0_od , March 5, 2013 2:28 PM
    You make your bed and you lie in it.
  • 8 Hide
    bwohl , March 5, 2013 2:42 PM
    The light is called Torchlight 2 w/ Synergies Mod! :) 
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    cats_Paw , March 5, 2013 2:49 PM
    ironmbIf you polish a turd, it's still a turd.

    I love that statement.. Simply awsome.. (thou you get a polished turd >D)
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    moogleslam , March 5, 2013 2:53 PM
    Toms - what is wrong with you? This was 4 days ago!
  • 8 Hide
    Memnarchon , March 5, 2013 3:00 PM
    1st Recreate Blizzard North with ALL of their previous members nomatter what (buy their companies if you have to, we know you have the cash as Activision-Blizzard).
    2nd Give them unconditionally the Diablo 3 project and BEG them to fix this detestation and transform it to a real DIABLO game without any intervention not from Mike Morhaime, but not even from God himself.
    3rd ?????
    4th Profit.
  • 4 Hide
    jaber2 , March 5, 2013 3:02 PM
    The game was ruined by their attempt in getting it ported for PS3/4, will never go back to beta testing it again.
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    rantoc , March 5, 2013 3:04 PM
    So now they admit that they wanted peeps to gear up in the AH to rob them more... and when few players play the sorry repetitive game they go in as shining heroes and change that - Like it wasn't the plan to begin with!?

    Sorry Blizzard, i used to trust you and your products to be solid, long and fun but when D3 was online only (no lan) and Starcraft 2 became 3 parts (again without lan) it is clear you have shifted the focus to your own wallets at the expense of the players who trusted you - Or at least did.

    Heck i haven't even pre-purchased Heart of the Swarm and I used to get all the titles in collectors editions ect, might say something!
  • 7 Hide
    darth vader , March 5, 2013 3:06 PM
    LOL , wasted 60 quid , uninstalled within few days , never going back.
    Ps. How do you think blizzard , will i purchase another game from you ?
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    sundragon , March 5, 2013 3:16 PM
    What an awful experience, what a let down.
    Sewing a silk purse from a sow's ear

    Complete waste of $35 - especially when you sit it next to Skyrim...

    After completing the 4 acts in like no time, it was all over... Then to find that what happens next is to repeat the same game at a higher difficulty, no new content...

    Oh, and PVP? Not baked yet...

    To make things even more absurd, let's create an auction house to keep the Chinese employed...

    I hope Blizzard didn't spend a lot of money developing this cow patty
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