MrMonstrosity's Loot 2.0 Suggestions, Blue Posts, Developer Interview Round-Up

MrMonstrosity's Loot 2.0 Suggestions
MrMonstrosity has made another suggestion thread that has grown very popular and is full of interesting ideas about Diablo 3. In his topic, named 'Loot 2.0, discovering its true potential' he talks about drop rates of Legendary items, bonuses for actually finding Legendary items, instead of buying them, reworking the Magic Find and crafting systems, introducing a new purpose for the Mystic and giving skill runes to Legendary items.

His topic is full of nicely photoshopped images that makes it easy for everyone to understand his ideas, even if they aren't the most hardcore of fans. Some of you might also remember the first time we featured MrMonstrosity with his Patch 1.0.9 Suggestions topic.





Blue Posts

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Sharing MVP Impressions
As both Drothvader and MissCheetah referred to, we do ask that any specific feedback about the MVPs be directed to our Community Managers through [email protected]

Additionally, if anyone wants to provide feedback about the MVP program (including feedback about current MVPs or recommendations for future MVPs), you are welcome to send Lylirra a note, at [email protected]

~Thanks all! This thread will now be locked~ (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

RMAH SMS Issue Still Being Worked On
Hi Scythe,

Although at this time there is no official workaround for those cases we encounter where the SMS are not being sent/received - I have heard from other players, that sometimes attempting to use a different number for SMS Protect, (and then swapping back to the original number) may resolve the issue.

If you do have access to another phone that we can use to try this in the meantime, please contact us either through web chat or by phone. The number for our various support regions are linked in the upper right-hand corner of our support portal. Hope this helps!

This issue continues to be investigated - and I will continue to provide updates into the relevant threads as more information is made available to me. A big thank you to everyone affected by this, we appreciate your continued patience! (Blue Tracker/ Official Forums)

No Details On The PS4 Version
Does anyone know if ths will be released for the PS4? or is it only a PS3/360 generation port?
thank you in advance
As other players in this thread have said, we are indeed working on a PS4 version of Diablo III, but we do not have any further details to share about it at this time. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Chat Bug Not Yet Fixed
Hi Kaster, there's a known issue currently affecting the chat channels and our administrators are currently working to resolve this. As this has previously been reported in several other threads, I'll be locking this one up. Thank you for your understanding, and your patience in the meantime! (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)




Developer Interview Round-Up

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Over the past month, several designers from the Diablo III development team had the opportunity to sit down with Diablo Fans, Diablo IncGamers, Diablo Somepage, and the folks from TwizzCast to discuss various topics ranging from how console is progressing to "hey, what's going on with that itemization update you first mentioned back in April?"
We've compiled all the links for you below. To be taken to a specific interview, just click on the corresponding fan site logo.



While we highly recommend reading or listening to these interviews in their entirety so you can get a sense for tone, context, and the questions being asked, here are some of the highlights:
  • Itemization changes will not be implemented in a standalone patch, nor is there a "patch 1.0.9" planned at this time. Rather, these changes will likely accompany similar improvements made to other systems, class tuning in particular. (Diablo Somepage)
  • Player feedback is incredibly valuable, and the developers pay close attention to ideas being discussed in the forums and on fan sites. Did you read about that Talisman suggestion? Well, so did Travis Day! (Diablo Fans)
  • Endless dungeons have not only been considered, but have also been prototyped and tested internally. It's not yet decided whether or not an endless dungeon will be added to the game, but the development team understands there is a desire for players to test their characters and face ever-increasing challenges. They're currently looking at a variety of different systems and features that could potentially fill that niche. (IncGamers)
  • Expanding the Paragon system is definitely on the table. A few concepts currently being explored and/or worked on include decoupling level bonuses from individual characters and making them account-wide, incorporating some form of stat allocation alongside existing level bonuses, and increasing the level cap (eventually). Note that if any of these changes are implemented, they would apply retroactively as well. (Diablo Fans)
  • The Mystic is likely to make a triumphant return, and with her the opportunity to modifty items. While it's not yet final what sort of services this particular artisan will provide, some possibilities include: adding a property to an item, exchanging one property for another, and/or re-rolling the stat range for an existing property. (IncGamers)
  • Expect more Bind-on-Account items in the future! The developers are also looking into ways to incorporate item binding into the game, as a way to help keep items moving out of the economy. (Diablo Fans + Diablo Somepage)
  • With respect to itemization improvements, the team understands that one of main problems with existing legendaries is that they're often relegated to "toy status" because, while the've got fun effects, they rarely offer comparable upgrades to efficiency-based stats like DPS and EHP. The goal is to make sure that future legendaries don't just look cool, but that they're also compelling to use and make your character feel powerful, both visually and mechanically. (IncGamers)
  • BlizzCon is going to be pretty amazing this year, but prepare for some interesting news to be shared before then, too! (IncGamers)
And that's just the tip of iceberg. The developers also chatted about self-found mode, increased map diversity, single-target vs. AOE skill diversity (and how to improve it), guest monsters, whether or not having four separate game modes (Normal, Nightmare, Hell, and Inferno) is the best route to end-game, the possibility of translating improved boss and player mechanics from console to PC, guaranteed stats on specific items, ladders, the current status of PvP, and more. Be sure to check out the full interviews (linked above) below for all the details!

After you're done reading/listening, let us know which interview was your favorite, and why it struck your fancy. We'd also love to hear what topics you enjoyed the most, and if there were any subjects not covered that you'd like to learn more about. (Follow-up questions are welcome, too!)

Comments

  • #1 JohnnyDesolation
    Expect more Bind-on-Account items in the future! The developers are also looking into ways to incorporate item binding into the game, as a way to help keep items moving out of the economy
    ...What an absolutely shit way to fix the Ah problem. Hey i got this awesome thing, sorry, can't trade it for something you might have that i want, because, well,
  • #2 RookOyb
    I like how the mentioning of PvP is at the VERY END of all those topics listed.

    Guess it's not that significant.

    the current status of PvP, and more.
  • #3 Zek
    I think at this point the dev team is wishing they had never promised PvP to begin with. What we have now is pretty much what we had in D2, and predictably nobody cares about it because hardly anyone actually played D2's PvP either. I wouldn't be surprised if the real PvP game mode just never comes, not even in an expansion.
  • #4 Zero(pS)
    Quote from JohnnyDesolation

    ...What an absolutely shit way to fix the Ah problem. Hey i got this awesome thing, sorry, can't trade it for something you might have that i want, because, well,

    I guess by now the developers are convinced that even (what appears to be) a shitty solution is better than doing nothing at all, considering how many people consider it an issue.

    If anything, I'd be happy to see them try something on D3 vanilla and see how it goes before deciding what to do on the Expansion/

    It's also a bit naive to think they haven't considered all their options/choices (suggestions?) and have put a lot of thought into this issue, given how much it impacted the game and how much feedback on it they got.

    I'm on the fence whether that's a good thing or not. I love the AH, and I hate the AH. I really don't think the solution will please everyone. Gonna have to wait and see before judging.
  • #5 inkcheese
    It's best to be like Ratman and believe the cake is a lie until Chell comes along and proves me other wise.

    For now I'll do a shizload of wacky builds.
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