Quote from PolrayneI'm surprised that there aren't more threads out there about this.
I found it very unusual that a Blue wold recently comment on anything to do with an expansion (as they did which appreared in the main news feed on Dfans) unless they want that thought to be out there with the community. Also with Pardo tweeting recently that both expansions would have a PTR.
Things are changing with community relations and this game - but, I'm sure they've learned their lessons from past experiences. It would be dangerous to start talking about these things if what they have at this point is something that is too far off from being a viable release in the next year.
I know its always being talked about; "what do you want in xpac" or "will xpac save D3" - but it seems like most of the community is centered on patches, the hate train of D3 and the core issues of customization and itemization. Comparatively, not a lot of talk about expansions.
As many have said - it would be far easier to fix some of the core issues with the game, recapture some of the excitement of the game with an Expansion. However - with the removal of Jay, I personally feel like an expansion is way, way off. Why rush to get something out when so much distrust and concern is already on the table?
Unless of course - they give most of the players what they want in the expansion. Which is unlikely - imo. But then...LoD came out, what a year later?
So those that are wiser in the wily ways of games and development - is it fair for folks to latch on to one Blue post talking about an expansion - or just dismiss it and focus on worrying about patches and developer blogs?
Diablo 3 failed in many ways and Blizzard is greatly aware of this now. They tried to dismiss it for the first few months but the gaming community just kept finding too many core mechanics issues + regulars errors. Blizzard stated in a post that a lot of small fixies will be offered via patch to help the progression of D3, especially in end-game content. But major fixes to core mechanics would only be made with an expansion. Makes sense, it would be easier to implement with offline content offered from a cd and probably a new patch client then adding that through online patches. So don't expect any big changes to spell diversity, runes, crafting, itemization, chat/AH interface, etc to come with a future patch. they will come with the xpac. My guess.....sadly......is that D3 xpac will probably be a lot of fun....the fun they should of released for the first D3 game. Bad managing? Marketing schemes? Who knows.