Blizzard to Rework Diablo III End-Game
Diablo III fans might find themselves a little bored with the end-game’s offerings—a problem that Blizzard itself has not only realized, but also addressed. Community Manager Bashiok posted on Battle.net, noting that item hunting “is just not enough for a long-term sustainable end-game. “
“There are still tons of people playing every day and week, and playing a lot, but eventually they’re going to run out of stuff to do (if they haven’t already),” Bashiok continued. “ Diablo III is not World of Warcraft. We aren’t going to be able to pump out tons of new systems and content every couple months. There needs to be something else that keeps people engaged, and we know it’s not there right now."
Blizzard is focused on fixing many of the game’s current problems, although an end-all be-all solution to end-game content is still a ways away.
“We’re working toward 1.0.4, which we’re really trying to pack with as many fixes and changes we can to help you guys out and we’re of course working on 1.1 with PvP areneas,” continued Bashiok. “I think both those patches will do a lot to give people things to do, and get them excited about playing, but they’re not going to be a real end-game solution, at least not what we expect out of a proper end-game.”
“We have some ideas for progression systems, but honestly it’s a huge feature we want to try and do it right, and not something we could envision being even possible until well after 1.1, which it itself is still a ways out.”
One user suggested that the game may have been released before it was actually ready; Bashiok denied this claim, stating, “Hindsight is 20/20 I suppose, but we believed pre-release that the item hunt would be far more sustainable, and would work to be a proper end-game for quite awhile. That didn’t turn out to be true, and we recognize that.”
Release dates for patch 1.0.4 or 1.1 have not yet been announced.
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