Activision Blizzard Q2 Call - 10 Million Copies of Diablo III Sold
The Q2 conference call was today. There was not much information about Diablo III covered this time around:
6.3 million players in the first week
To date: 10 million copies sold, including the 1.2 million through wow annual pass .
Fastest selling pc game ever.
Talked about the team working on end game rewards.
RMAH: in terms of usage, it's in line of expectations.
Auction House Updates - Six Property Searching, Auction Canceling, and More
Blizzard has commented on one of the biggest issues players have with the AH at this time. They are currently looking to allow up to six search fields. This feature may make it in by 1.0.4 (however it may have to wait till 1.1). They also wish to give users the ability to cancel auctions in patch 1.0.4.
Thanks for the feedback! We're looking to bump the number of Preferred Stats slots from 3 up to 6. We're also looking to bump the number of digits in the "Min Value" window from 3 to 5 (so you can search for Preferred Stat values higher than "999").
Are you also fixing it so that you can search for all of the affixes on an item? Some are missing from the list...
We're definitely working on filling the missing gaps. On a somewhat related note, we also want players to be able to search for stats on Legendary items.
While making these changes please give the ability to exclude items with a socket that already have a gem in the socket.
Making it so that stat increases which come from slotted gems aren't taken into account when searching for equipment is absolutely on the "to do" list.
can u guys make it so we can search the DPS on items like offhands, its not an option yet
This is also something we want to do.
Wander what patch this will be implemented in.
Just to be clear, the things I've commented are changes we're working on right now. Some of these changes are planned for 1.0.4, and some are planned for 1.1.0. Due to implementation and testing needs, however, those plans may change and get moved around, so just keep that in mind.
Can you confirm whether you will allow us to see stats on items sold? Or prices we list things at?
You mean stats of items in the Completed tab? If so, yes -- that is functionality we're looking to add. We're also looking to make it so that you can see the listing price of unsold and cancelled items in the Completed tab, as well.
(Not sure if that answered your last question completely, but I still felt it was relevant information to share.)
It would be nice to be able to cancel auctions that have no bid yet. But once they have a bid its locked it, because it will sell.
We like this solution also. We definitely want to provide players with the option to cancel an auction (at any point after it's posted) so long as it does not have any bids. Right now, we're looking at this for 1.0.4, but that of course may change depending on implementation and testing.
Lylirra, is there any looking into giving us the option as to the timers for auctions?
You mean being able to select the duration of the auction? We definitely have seen this feedback (and appreciate it), but we don't have any plans currently.
I do think that the lack of ability to cancel an auction is a bit annoying I do think there are many more improvements that would be more helpful. I put together as short list and I would like to get some other opinions on some more improvements.
Thanks! I'll give it a look. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Gems, Potions, Crafting Pages, and Tomes to be Light Blue
It looks like it will be a little easier to see these items on the ground now!
Changing the text color of gems (as well as potions, crafting pages, and tomes) has been something we've debated doing and not doing for a while now. We've finally come to an agreement, though, and decided to change the ground text color for these items from white to light blue. This is something we looking to implement in a future patch.
(We're also looking to make the gem drop sound much more prominent.)
easy in a program, this kind of a change could be made and tested within 2 days. Why wont it make it for 1.0.4?
Not all of the changes going into 1.0.4 are locked down yet. So, while it's very possible that this change will make 1.0.4 (and that's what we're aiming for), it's also possible that due to testing or implementation or scheduling needs it may not. It's something we want to do -- and would like to do in 1.0.4 if everything works out -- but it may just need to happen at a later point.
Follower Dialog, AI, and Auto Re-hire
Blizzard also informs us about some Follower changes coming soon. They will be updating the AI (and pet AI), reducing the frequency of follower dialog, and making sure your follower re-follows you when you make a single player game after leaving a multiplayer game!
We agree that, for newer players (or for players who are new to playing in multiplayer games), it can be confusing the first time you leave a multiplayer game and discover that your hired follower is no longer following you. Most players assume that your follower should automatically rejoin you when returning to a single-player game, and it's not really communicated well in the UI that it doesn’t work that way.
We also agree that having to return to town each time you leave a multiplayer game to re-hire your follower is annoying. We already have plans to change it so that, after leaving a multiplayer game, your last hired follower will be restored automatically for you. It would work this way even if you left a multiplayer game and then logged out; the next time you logged in and picked up your single-player game, your follower would be waiting for you. (Of course, you’d still need to go back to town if you wanted to change followers, same as now.)
Oh, and PS - we're also looking to reduce the frequency of follower dialog. While we don't have any plans at this time to allow players to turn off the dialog completely, we have your heard feedback that you feel followers should be a bit more...terse.
Hopefully the follower will gain some smarts too and stop attacking mobs when I don't want him to.
Haha. They are a pretty excitable bunch, aren't they?
We want to improve follower AI, absolutely -- probably not for 1.0.4, but definitely for the future. This would of course include working to make it so that your followers don't go all LEEEEERRROOOOY JEEEENNNKINS on nearby monsters which you haven't yet attacked (like treasure goblins, Elites, etc).
I still wonder why you say "hire" when you're not paying them or when there is no cost involved when "hiring" them. I know in D2 you had to pay a price to rez your follower, but here there seems to be no tie between gold and your follower.
It's just habit, personally.
Can we get some of that LERRROOOY JENKINS work done on pets, like bats and such? Have had them tag goblins when I'm not ready.
We'd also look at the AI for pets, minions, summons (etc) -- not just followers.
The integrity of Diablo III is incredibly important to us, and we are dedicated to ensuring the game remains a safe and fun environment for everyone. To that end, we’d like to take a moment to let you know that we’re aware of concerns regarding some possible exploits and trading scams being reported by the community, and reassure you that we’re working diligently to keep the game free from exploits, hacks, and other issues that have a negative impact on our players’ experience.
As a reminder, if you have knowledge of a possible exploit, hack, bot, or scam, the best way to inform us is by emailing our hacks team at firstname.lastname@example.org or by completing the Hacks Report web form. In your correspondence, please include any steps necessary to replicate the issue, as well as any additional details you’re able to provide. We also ask that you refrain from posting information or instructions on how to use potential exploits on the forums.
We take reports of any potential exploit, hack, bot, or scam very seriously – and while not every reported exploit we look into turns out to be a real concern, we appreciate everyone’s help in keeping us informed of possible issues as they arise. As always, you can keep an eye on the Diablo III hotfix blogs to stay up to date on the latest changes.
We are making some changes shortly that should help with minimizing rubber banding for players here. It would help to have your feedback on the game play experience over this weekend and into next week.
We do are making some changes shortly that should help with minimizing rubber banding for players here. It would help to have your feedback on the game play experience over this weekend and into next week. Thanks all Interesting, hope it works for people Arc, but side note are you drinking on the job =P , that extra 'do' mate ;-)
Only water, what do people put in this stuff?? Thanks for the edit
We want to have a good sample of feedback from the community over the next week to gauge any improvement.
So anytime this weekend through to next week would be of great help.
It's nice to see blue posts again! We even have a blue post on the release of 1.0.4!
Blackrock Ledger Page 15
The Black Rock Ledger is a nice little mystery, isn't it? If you're lucky enough to collect all the lost pages, be sure to examine them closely. The devil's always in the details.
You’ve done well, much better than me. I have one level 60 and I am working on two others right now. Of course, that leaves me with two more which I’m looking forward to. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Zoltun's story is rather interesting, to say the least. He presented himself as being in support of the human race, but this support was somewhat disingenuous, as he also craved power. Lots of power.
As the story unfolds, he then calls for you to abandon everyone else in order to bring him to ultimate power. Not only would you enslave yourself to him, this would also go against everything you, Tyrael, and Leah have been fighting to restore. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Having a cat on your lap during a meeting is nice, warm, and fuzzy…for the first 15 minutes. After that, my leg started going numb. The cat was more than content to remain as a floppy weight and not move anywhere. Found out I may not be a cat person.
Birds as pets on the other hand; that's an intelligent companion that can be used to invalidate everyone's arguments. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Yeah, cats are a lot easier to have on your lap the smaller (younger) they are. Of course, if you're in a room full of kittens.... that'll mean not just your lap, but your arms and shoulders. (Really, I've been there. xD )
"Currently looking into" "will" "Soon" "looking to implement"
I want some current news...nothing but silence for weeks and all we get are forward-looking announcements. At the very least we should have seen a dev blog by now.
Try to find something else to do with your time. Blizzard moves quite slowly, so it may still be weeks until 1.0.4 hits the servers and months until 1.1 is on the horizon.
I went back to SC2 and World of Tanks and just check this site every couple of days to see if there are relevant news about D3, just to be disappointed most of the time...
Expect nothing and you won't be disappointed.
This is why I wanted to punch everyone in the face who told people to stop complaining about things in beta and wait till release. Everything changes quickly in beta and SUPER slow in retail (oh except for nerfs, those manage to happen ASAP).