End-game in Diablo 3
Written by: Mag | Date: 2012-07-05 08:02:51 | Related to: Diablo 3 - press review
Bashiok has posted on the official forum about so-called end-game, which is that, what remains to players after they reach level 60 and finish Inferno difficulty. In Diablo 2 it was leveling many characters to 99, collecting items and of course PvP. In Diablo 3 it's just collecting items, which actually besides satisfaction gives nothing. Here is what Bashiok said:
"We recognize that the item hunt is just not enough for a long-term sustainable end-game. There are still tons of people playing every day and week, and playing a lot, but eventually they’re going to run out of stuff to do (if they haven’t already). Killing enemies and finding items is a lot of fun, and we think we have a lot of the systems surrounding that right, or at least on the right path with a few corrections and tweaks. But honestly Diablo III is not World of Warcraft. We aren’t going to be able to pump out tons of new systems and content every couple months. There needs to be something else that keeps people engaged, and we know it’s not there right now.
We’re working toward 1.0.4, which we’re really trying to pack with as many fixes and changes we can to help you guys out (and we’ll have a bunch of articles posted with all the details as we get closer), and we’re of course working on 1.1 with PvP arenas. I think both those patches will do a lot to give people things to do, and get them excited about playing, but they’re not going to be a real end-game solution, at least not what we would expect out of a proper end-game. We have some ideas for progression systems, but honestly it’s a huge feature if we want to try to do it right, and not something we could envision being possible until well after 1.1 which it itself still a ways out."
Better late than never. Question what exactly that end-game will be? Do PvP will be enough to fulfill this role? For us, the whole D3CL community it is a good news that the main long-term objective in Diablo 3 will be the fight between players. What else? We'll find out soon. One thing is certain - it will require corrections ;)
Discuss on the official forum: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/6019511928.