IMPORTANT: To clear up some confusion: No announcements regarding Xbox One were made in this interview. Any reference to development of 'next generation' platforms or potential release dates was expressly referring to the PlayStation 4.
DiabloFans Interview With the Devs: Highlights
DiabloFans had the opportunity to speak to Josh Mosqueira, Travis Day and Wyatt Cheng and while we work on the full transcript we wanted to summarize the major points in an easy to read form.
There will be announcements about new features before BlizzCon
Even though he loves PvP, Travis hopes Diablo 3 doesn't go down the eSport road, because when you focus on that type of PvP content you’ll have diminished results in the PvE part. Diablo 3 is meant to be a PvE game
Archon and Wrath of the Berserker changes won't come in a “vacuum”. They'll be part of a bigger change to class skills. This way skill power can be redistributed more effectively
Blizzard are working on including the Mystic back into the game, but it’s still not clear what unique feature she might offer
There are talks about making Paragon levels account-wide, so that you don't feel like you're losing experience while playing your Paragon 100 character. Also potentially adding customization like stat allocation to it
If additions to the Paragon system are made, people that already have the required Paragon level will get the rewards on patch day
The different Blizzard teams not only give feedback to each other, but sometimes even help each other with development
The Diablo team draws a lot of inspiration and even “some direct ideas” from the community and even mentioned specifically some of our “Suggestion” articles that have gained some good popularity
The Console Version
The Diablo 3 team has actually just received the new PS4 development kits so the translation for that platform is yet to be done. They really like the features on the PS4 controller and want to try and do something cool with the trackpad and share button
Diablo 3 will not be a launch date title for the PS4. It will come in 2014. The developers prefer to try and get the most out of the different features that platforms have, instead of just porting the game to each of them
There aren't any plans for Diablo 3 on portable devices
When an expansion comes the main concern will not be to ship it simultaneously on all platforms, but instead try to make the expansion features as relevant to each platform as possible
The Game Director
Jay Wilson approached Josh for the position of Lead Console Developer, because of their long past of working on other projects together
Josh tries to play a variety of games besides Diablo 3, like other ARPGs and even some Call of Duty in his spare time. Currently he's looking to try The Last of Us
Travis explains that Josh is the type of person that really thinks about the grand scheme of things and how the different features may pan out in the long run and their exact purpose in the game
Interview went better than expected, as a big PVP player im kinda sad to hear that d3 will never be a esport, but I dont really mind, as long as they give us what they promised us, balanced, non pay to win, PVP, I cant wait for blizzcon and these pre-blizzcon unannounced features !
Glad to see they're thinking about the Paragon Level problem, although fixing it is going to be tricky without making the 500-level people feel SLAPPED IN THE FACE
Well, maybe those that reached X PL100 characters pre-[insert whatever future paragon change patch number] will get some kind of emblem on each character profile that shows they reached paragon 100 on them the... "original" way? Makes for more bragging rights
Idk I'm 50/50 on the Paragon being account wide. After doing the grind once I honestly have no desire to do it ever again, however I still think it's part of character progression and not account progression. Essentially there is even less to do with no progress to made once a character hits 60. Hellfire ring + socket weapon with a radient star ruby + mp10 = lvl 60 in two days.
Look I know nobody has time to level 5 characters to paragon 100, I just got my first paragon 100 two weeks ago. However what's the point if there isn't always something to strive for. I'm pretty done until patch once I finish achievement cap. However at my slow ass rate the patch may come first.
However I would totally 100% be alright with it if the expansion had lvl 99 like Diablo II. Then Paragon being account is totally fine with me.
One final note. I think the Mystic making the return to the game was inevitable. Seriously, who's stupid ass idea was it to remove it in the first place? They should be fired............................................;)
1) That we will get some new features before blizzcon
2) That the devs do have their ears open - that fact that they at least saw some of the Dfans suggestions (not that they are going to implement them) is good because it actually shows they are at least listening. Hopefully this acknowledgement from Blizz devs that show they are listening sparks some of our members to make more cool ideas!
3) That they might do some huge skill system overhaul.. I heard in the 'Twizzcast' that in retrospect Travis thought that the skill runes would have been better as affixes on items...might have been cool in some ways eg the item hunt..
A bit sad that they never want to make PvP an eSport.. PvP is a big end game mode for me in most games.
Overall - excited for the future and am going to start Paragon leveling now since it might be useful later...
I'm tired of interviews and blogs. Whatever good news they come up with I can't believe them and they don't even come up with good news: like what's eSports got to do with D3 not having a ranking systems and elo system and matchmaking/queue system ?
I can't seem to find a reason why Blizzard can't patch D3 every month or so, it's not like it's WoW where you need to put in raids and dungeons that takes time and if you put in some items it will screw progression. I don't even want to mention game balance, it's not like D3 is balanced atm or a game like D3 can ever be balanced.
So having to wait for until fricking november or even 2014 it's unacceptable to me whatever great news that will bring to D3.
"Blizzard are working on including the Mystic back into the game, but it’s still not clear what unique feature she might offer."
What features a Mystic Woman could do? A striptease? You pay 20m gold to see her tits.
I think I would pay 20 mill to add an affix to my item..
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