Fans Can Expect Multiple Diablo 3 Expansions

MTV Multiplayer recently spoke with Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime in regards to the business of World of Warcraft, in which he speaks about their goal for releasing game expansions on an annual basis". He went on to talk about Diablo 3 expansions:

"In terms of expansions, I think a little bit more frequently is probably good with sort of the goal to get closer to an annual expansion. But I think it really depends on what content you put in the expansion. I don't think Blizzard will ever be able to do sequels of products like a "Diablo III" or "Diablo IV" on an annual basis, but we might be able to do expansions to those games close to annually.

Hmmm, is there more profit? In an ideal scenario, I think we'd probably do [expansions] a little bit more often than we've been able to do. But I agree — I think putting too many expansions out too frequently, you probably get to the point where people do need to start taking a little break."
Given Blizzard's "quality over quantity" creedo, I personally can't see them ever releasing expansions that often, because they'll always want to fine tune them even more. But what do you think? Considering how long we've had to wait for this third installment in the Diablo series, would you like to see continuous Diablo III expansion sets released roughly every year, or do you feel there needs to be more of a buffer in between those releases?

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  • #1 GOD_COMPLEX
    Quote from "mockery" »
    MTV Multiplayer recently spoke with Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime in regards to the business of World of Warcraft, in which he speaks about their goal for releasing game expansions on an annual basis". He went on to talk about Diablo 3 expansions:

    Given Blizzard's "quality over quantity" creedo, I personally can't see them ever releasing expansions that often, because they'll always want to fine tune them even more. But what do you think? Considering how long we've had to wait for this third installment in the Diablo series, would you like to see continuous Diablo III expansion sets released roughly every year, or do you feel there needs to be more of a buffer in between those releases?


    They will probably try to release them once a year like they were supposed to do with WOW expansions. But it will take 2 years, and we will probably only get two.
  • #2 unwritten_law
    I think major patches like in d2 would be better than full on expansions every year. personally i think d3 and one expansion full of new game content would be awesome enough where it doesnt need constant add-ons, just patching errors and adding small things like new runes/uniques, etc.
  • #3 Symonriel
    I feel that annually is a little too frequent simply because it doesn't give sufficient time to build your character up enough. I have enough problems with the ladder being reset annually, just as my character is starting to prosper; however, i feel that expansions are needed to introduce new content and keep users interested. Having said that, i would be content with the release of a new expansion every two years or so - with respects to Diablo III.
  • #4 Kenzai
    As long as the expansions are really good enaugh, i dont see a reason why we shouldnt get maybe even three exp packs in total over three or four years.
    But after a certain point it can get old i guess.

    They should work on expansions and a sequel at the same time. :D
  • #5 cheebalover
    let them do the d3 first!! we can wait for expansion easily by playing d3..for me it isnt much important to make expansions so fast as long as we can play d3...;)
  • #6 milanv
    Quote from "cheebalover" »
    let them do the d3 first!! we can wait for expansion easily by playing d3..for me it isnt much important to make expansions so fast as long as we can play d3...;)


    qft :)

    I think it's best to let them put out expansions every two years and to get 2 expansions at most. that way the game will be able to thrive 8 years later like diablo 2 did :)

    WoW's big patches are coming too fast imo and I wouldn't like it that way...
  • #7 majik
    So far everybody has missed the real news in this announcements- mike morhaime announces diablo 4!!! Lol he just said that blizzard won't be able to put out full fledged sequels every year, but for some reason decided that there was a diablo 4. This is far from a formal announcement. More like a slip of the tongue or theoretical proposition.

    I would be fine with patches/big fixes annualy, and expansions after about 2.5 years, maybe 2 expansions. And then of course after about 5 years of that(including the expansions) d4. Jk.
  • #8 Silicium
    First of all, Blizzard is a business. They want the things they do to be worthwhile. They would propably come out with D3, wait 1,5 years, until the interest is beginning to die down, and then come out with an expansion. After that, a year tops, and another expansion. But it is Blizzard, and they will release when it is ready, so it is anybodys guess i guess ^^
  • #9 Illuvatar
    I would like expansions every couple of years, not every year, because it is too frequent in my opinion. They wouldn;t be able to make it a big expansion, or a worthwhile one, yet we will still have to pay for it in order to enjoy the game properly, in other words, they might as well do this method through patches instead. I'd rather have one big expansion after the second or third year, than have a small one every one year, it makes more sense to me.
  • #10 XXLaw
    Most games keep me interested in them ,if they have expansions. :)
  • #11 Murderface
    Its already been stated that this is not the end of the diablo universe. We just didn't know if he was talking about a game or a movie or a book. Now we know! DIABLO 4! (probably an mmo :O)
  • #12 worthydaydream
    I like the idea of parallel expansions with new content (like guildwars)

    Typical “expansions” are only good for the hardcore players of the game.
    Eg. The people who can beat Act 4 will enjoy Act 5.

    I would like to be able to enjoy Act 5 right off the bat and then transport to rogue encampment and do that story line after. (get it?)
  • #13 PhrozenDragon
    It sounds alright. Several expansions could certainly work.

    More importantly however, expansions means people will have to buy them. Now obviously expansions generate money, which could be used to fund B.net. More than one expansion might just be Blizzard's way of funding a stable and secure B.net without having to resort to monthly payments.

    Just a thought.
  • #14 DesmondTiny
    As long as Diablo3's expansion dosent turn out like LoD im ok...
  • #15 Dauroth
    Quote from "Murderface" »
    Its already been stated that this is not the end of the diablo universe. We just didn't know if he was talking about a game or a movie or a book. Now we know! DIABLO 4! (probably an mmo :O)


    NOOOOOOOOO!!! That must never happen! Diablo is an action RPG, I can't imagine it as MMO!

    The movie idea sounds nice! :thumbsup:
  • #16 Hells_Reign
    Finally! more news to read
  • #17 Lord_Petrov
    Quote from name="Hells Reign" »
    Finally! more news to read


    Agreed! It has been too long, says I.

    Quote from "Illuvatar" »
    I would like expansions every couple of years, not every year, because it is too frequent in my opinion. They wouldn;t be able to make it a big expansion, or a worthwhile one, yet we will still have to pay for it in order to enjoy the game properly, in other words, they might as well do this method through patches instead. I'd rather have one big expansion after the second or third year, than have a small one every one year, it makes more sense to me.


    Also agreed. Minor patches and a couple of huge expansions 2 and 3/4 years after initial the release would be the way to go.
    ...as long as they gimme my Diablo III before next christmas:thumbsup:
  • #18 kefka666333abc123
    Quote from "Murderface" »
    Its already been stated that this is not the end of the diablo universe. We just didn't know if he was talking about a game or a movie or a book. Now we know! DIABLO 4! (probably an mmo :O)


    Diablo 4 will almost certainly not be an mmo.......if theres an mmo based in the diablo universe then it wont be called diablo 4.....world of diablo maybe? but not diablo 4....just look at warcraft....is its mmo called warcraft 4?!?!?!
  • #19 Irrational
    Well you'll have to wait for a year until the expansion will be out, making pleanty of time for leveling characters and getting good gear so we won't really have to wait.
  • #20 12eaper
    bring back the necro in expansion!!!!
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