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[once_i_was_a_maggot] What is there to do at end game?
Well, one of the things we focused on with Diablo, these have all been cooperative games; they’ve always had a server/client architecture. For Diablo 2, its end-game was always about adding multiple difficulties, but the problem is that player power eventually overwhelms the challenge of the game, to the point where the only point of going on was sheer tenacity. A player good say ‘Look, I’ve made it to level 99!”, which is, like, crazy dude… It was a time investment, but one without any real challenge or fun.
So one of the things we focused on for Diablo 3 – and we weren’t interested in making super long gruelling levelling up process – what we wanted was, the fun stuff, searching for gear, and fighting against monsters who are challenging. So we created a fourth difficulty that we call Inferno that is ALL max-level. Max-level for a player is level 60, and so all the monsters at the start of Inferno are level 61, in Act Two they are level 62, in Three and Four they’re level 63. And there are items that ONLY drop at level 61, at level 62 and so on; and they’re not small number! There’s a whole tier of armour in each one.
So even to be able to play viably in Inferno, you’re going to have to play and fight in Hell for a little while, to get your items up to the quality so that you’ll be able to fight through. And then to move from Act to Act you’ll need to do that. We just wanted to take the idea of what was fun about Diablo, and make it challenging so that it would stay fun, and put the the time investment into more combat and loot-hunting, and less into meaningless time-investment to prove that you’re more committed than your friends.
[neowulf] Do you believe that the cash shop will wind up dragging the best items out of the economy? There seems to be little reason not to sell your ultra rare items for cash rewards. Won’t this lead to a model where those who spend the most will be the best geared? Does Blizzard see this effecting the game long term?
I don’t think it’s a big issue, and here’s why. So let’s say you are… if you don’t have any time invested into the game, or money, well, you’re probably not going to be very successful. I’ll admit that.
But let’s say you have a situation where you can invest a lot of time, but have no money, or you don’t want to spend a dime… well, you’re gonna find good items. It’s mathematical – you WILL find good items. It may not be the items you want, but you will find them. You can put them on the Auction House, and earn currency to buy whatever items you want, without putting a single dollar of your own currency into the system.
Originally we planned to have a listing fee, and we struggled to find ways to remove it, and finally did – so that players don’t have to invest money into the Auction House if they don’t want to. We thought that was essential – being able to trade with virtua; currency should not mean you have to open your wallet.
So I don’t t think anyone needs to worry.
And you know, if you look at Diablo 2, there were lots of traded items, and they traded in the essential equivalent of a an Auction House, even with money changing hands. They’d trade with friends, or with random people, and I think that now we have the Auction House, I think people will trade there too. I don’t think it’ll hurt the game at all.
Voici les grandes lignes: La différence du end-game entre Diablo 2 et Diablo 3, dans Diablo 2 atteindre le niveau maximal (niveau 99) était un challenge de longue haleine, répétitif et pas forcement amusant. Par contre dans Diablo 3, , atteindre le niveau maximal (niveau 60) ne sera pas le but ultime du jeu, le stuffing (équiper son personnage) aura une importance capitale.
Le mode de difficulté Inferno, Jay Wilson nous explique qu’il faudra « farmer » le mode Hell pendant un laps de temps assez conséquent afin de pouvoir s’y rendre et y avancer acte par acte (ce qui implique du farming d’items dans chaque acte)
L’hôtel des ventes avec argent réel (real money auction house), Jay Wilson explique sa théorie: Droppez un ou des items interessants et revendez-les ainsi vous n’aurez absolument pas besoin d’investir le moindre euro dans votre personnage. Cette théorie reste a prouver car le systeme n’a été testé qu’en interne et sur la beta fermée.
D’apres mon experience personnelle, je reste très septique sur le réel intérêt de la chose, le but premier de Diablo étant le troc et le farming. L’hôtel des ventes avec pièces d’or (auction house classique avec la monnaie du jeu) aurait été suffisant, mais cela reste un avis personnel.