Blizzard has received quite a bit of flack over Diablo 3 since its release two months ago. First there were problems with players even being able to log-in and play the game (which only made people who were against the always online policy for the game even agrier), then the South Korean government forced Blizzard to give full refunds to players, now Blizzard is agreeing with gamers who have been dissatisfied with the endgame content. Yesterday, Micah “Bashiok,” a representative of Blizzard, posted on the battle.net forums saying:
“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.”
In addition, while Bashiok hoped that the 1.0.4 patch would give fans of the games more to do, he stated that he realized that the real fix for the end game won’t be coming until after version 1.1 (which will incorporate PvP Arenas into the game) is released, which is still quite a ways off. as stated by Bashiok:
“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.”
So, what are your thoughts? Has too much emphasis been put on the end game of Diablo 3 instead of the entire dungeon-crawling experience? Will the upcoming patches be enough to sustain players or is the community going to dry up before long? Be sure to write your thoughts in the comments section below and keep following Blistered thumbs for all the latest gaming news.
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