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Blizzard erkänner brister i end-game

jay-wilson-in-taiwanBlizzard medger att deras nuvarande end game-lösning inte är tillräckligt hållbar på lång sikt. Deras framtida lösning, som för närvarande befinner sig på skissbordet, förväntas komma först efter PvP-patchen (patch 1.1). De påpekar också att folk inte ska förvänta sig att de kommer att pumpa ut nytt content på samma sätt som i World of Warcraft.

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.

I ett annat inlägg i samma tråd skriver Bashiok att antalet spelare i Diablo 3 fortfarande är mycket stort jämfört med det ordinarie bortfallet efter en World of Warcraft expansion.

I don’t know that I’m allowed to release specific concurrency numbers, but we have hundreds upon hundreds of thousands playing every night. Comparing to just normal drop-off post release of a WoW expansion, Diablo III has been very solid, and it’s not even out in China yet.