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Diablo 3 patch 1.04: Blizzard addresses unbalancing concerns

Wednesday, 22 August 2012 09:06 GMT By Dave Cook

Diablo 3 patch 1.04 will give players the ability to overpower their characters by augmenting them with 100 new Paragon levels, enhanced buffs and gear, and much more. Blizzard’s game director Jay Wilson has explained why making players overpowered isn’t an issue.

In a PC Gamer interview, Wilson stated, “Diablo is a very different game than World of Warcraft or StarCraft 2. It’s a lot more of the player against the world, and a lot of the goal of the game is to make sure that the player feels awesome.”

“So, as a game,” Wilson continued, “we’re a lot less concerned that the player be perfectly balanced against the environment. We’re kind of okay if the players run roughshod over the monsters. We don’t want the game to be unchallenging, but, you know, being a little overpowered is kinda what Diablo’s always been about.”

Wilson also admitted that Paragon levels probably will lead to areas that will need nerfed or buffed up further after launch, but stressed that the ability to tweak is the beauty of a PC game like Diablo 3.

There are many changes coming with Diablo 3 patch 1.04. Read all about them here.

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2 Comments

  1. Puggy

    Well sounds to me like there will soon(ishly) be a widely acclaimed and loved “content” Patch for the game, where blizzards wraps into shiny paper, that they add a new difficulty level, that you can only enter with paragon…. 50, 60, 100?
    Here the “real” game starts as all the monsters are terribly powerfull and only the elite of the elite of the elite will ever be able to reach diablo there. And only the very, very, very, very top player, the one who has no equal and is the most powerfull and skilled gamer of all time, will actually have a slight chance beat Diablo on this setting.

    People will cheer and scream, faint infront of their screens and name their babies after Blizzard for this innovative and ground breaking idea.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. magnumfinger

    By the time players reached paragon 50, that would be 6 months from now already, perhaps, time for a new content or dungeon to explore with. Something most Diablo fans are clamoring for: http://pinoytutorial.com/techtorial/diablo-3-refresh-with-paragon-system-how-does-it-work/

    Not bad if you’ll ask me.

    #2 3 years ago

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    PlayStation TV has received a price cut in the UK. After several retailers started offering the console for less than the RRP of £84.99, users on DealSpwn began to wonder whether this is an official price cut, and not just regular deals or stock clearance. Sony later confirmed the new price of £44.99. “Starting from […]

  • Fast & Furious expansion for Forza Horizon 2 is now available, for free

    You can download Forza Horizon 2 expansion Fast & Furious starting right now. Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious is available to download now through Xbox Live for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The expansion is standalone, so you don’t need to own Forza Horizon 2 to play it. It’s also free from now […]

  • Fire-based weapons come to PayDay 2 with the Butcher’s BBQ Pack

    The 20th DLC for PayDay 2, the Butcher’s BBQ Pack, is now available on Steam. The DLC will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: Piglet Grenade Launcher, 12G Steakout Shotgun and Mk1 Flamethrower Molotov cocktails and incendiary ammo Four new masks, patterns, materials and achievements The Butcher’s BBQ Pack is another co-development between Overkill and Croatian […]

  • Lords of the Fallen developer offers Hideo Kojima a job

    Amid the current turmoil between Hideo Kojima and publisher Konami, one studio has offered the legendary designer a position. Lords of the Fallen developer Deck 13 took to Twitter to extend a job offer to Hideo Kojima. Dear Mr. @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN In case you are currently searching, we have an open position as Head of Game […]

  • Destiny Xur update: should you buy MIDA Multi Tool?

    The question on every Destiny player’s lips today. And the answer, supplied by resident Destiny expert Paul Davies, is… Yes! We asked Paul whether or not he thought Xur’s Exotic weapon this week was worth the 23 Strange Coins. Here’s what he said: “It was already a great gun to own for PVP owing to […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has an all-male cast to make it “more approachable”

    According to Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata, the main cast of the game is all-male because it makes the game “more approachable.” Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata spoke to Gamespot about the reason for his choice of making the core cast an all-male affair. “Speaking honestly, an all-male party feels almost more approachable […]

  • Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain is coming April 2

    Blizzard has given Hearthstone expansion Blackrock Mountain a solid release date. Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain adventure pack will be released April 2 in the Americas region, and April 3 in Europe, Korea, Taiwan, and China. Blackrock Depths is the first wing to be released, others will follow one week apart. Other than the 31 new cards, […]

  • Bloodborne: if you can’t load your save after installing firmware 2.50, this will help

    If you’re having issues loading your Bloodborne save after applying firmware update 2.50 to your PS4, this should help you out. Reddit user KBALLZZ encountered an issue after installing update 2.50 on his PlayStation 4. Bloodborne started reinstalling the day one patch again and when it was done he couldn’t continue his game or load […]

  • Use this code to get 10% off on PSN purchases

    Sony is offering a 10% discount coupon to anyone looking to buy games on PlayStation Store this weekend. Sony’s latest discount coupon code is here. You’ll receive 10% off your cart total when buying from the PSN Store. The offer is not valid on purchases made on PS Vita, PlayStation TV, PSP, or in-game stores. […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin upgrade path announced, system specs revealed

    Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin will offer returning customers a chance to upgrade at a discounted price. Those who already own Dark Souls 2 on Steam and are interested in picking up the Scholar of the First Sin edition will be happy to know that publisher Bandai Namco is offering them an […]

  • Bloodborne: this is what happens when you have 40 Insight

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