Diablo III previews the Ruins of Sescheron for patch 2.3

    
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Always the same.

In one respect, Diablo III is fairly littered with powerful treasures. That’s the core of its gameplay. You are assaulted by a rain of powerful treasures from the heavens that you then equip and use to kill more powerful foes, who drop still more powerful treasures. But the sort of mystical artifact found deep within the Ruins of Sescheron that players will be able to explore in patch 2.3… that’s a different sort of powerful treasure. That’s something that has story importance right there.

Yes, the game’s next patch is offering a new zone to players that which serves as a trip down memory lane into the ruins of the once-proud home of the barbarians. Of course, there are plenty of powerful artifacts with non-narrative importance to be found in the hands (and claws and such) of the beasts residing in the ruins, so that’s a bit of added motivation. Check out the preview trailer just below; you can try out the patch on the game’s test server now.

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AdeptusEnginus
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Bannex19 You seem really bitter about this.

It isn’t the fact Yoshi-san apologizes, it’s the fact that Squeenix downright humbled itself and acknowledged it’s shortcomings for the sake of a very beloved brand, when they just as easily could have done what most do and ignore the problem as long as possible until they eventually have enough money to throw at it and fix it…you know, like Blizzard did. With D3.

XIV was one of the worst MMO launches pretty much in the history of the industry in 1.0. Except for unlike the usual contenders of “bad connectivity, server issues, bugs, etc”, the major problematic factor was that the game itself was just entirely shite. When faced with that, rather than just plug their ears and wait for it to blow by, Squeenix fired the man responsible for it and put Yoshi-san in their place. He proceeded to bunker down the entire team, removed the subscription fee for over a year, and regularly began communicating with the userbase, effectively saying “The game is terrible, how do you think we should fix it?” They set out to re-do XIV from the ground up with an idea, and then reworked that idea based on feedback from the community, all the while allowing those who were dedicated to continue playing the old version of the game free of charge while they invested millions into creating an entirely different product with their input.

A Realm Reborn was the end result of that. It was seeped bad PR and the looming shadow of it’s previous incarnation, but a continual dedicated stream of content and a continuation of the same communication with the playerbase that Yoshi-san perpetrated in the days when 1.0 was effectively buy-to-play turned it into a smash success. People love XIV’s story because it’s proof that not backing out in the face of overwhelmingly negative PR and listening to your playerbase is actually the right thing to do, as it turned one of the worst MMOs in history into one of the best.

Sorry if you don’t like it, but you’re being a daft fool if you genuinely think that Blizzard is worthy of that sort of praise in any way, shape or form. I love Diablo 3 in spite of it’s flaws, but I still know people who refuse to play it in spite of it’s improvements simply due to how the dev team acted when the game was being slammed for…you know, being shit, in it’s pre-RoS state. They fucked up on the PR side, badly, and they plugged their ears and pretended not to hear the masses when criticism was being blasted their way. The fact they eventually fixed the product does not make up for that and people will not forget things like Blizzard insisting that the Always-Online DRM was completely necessary and not in any way a DRM scheme will not be forgotten just because it’s a fun game now.

mmonerd
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mmonerd

BalsBigBrother mmonerd Im sold ! here i come MH.

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dorn2

Bannex19 
D3 get’s less props because it’s competition is better. Blizz get’s props for making a decent ARPG.  Fans of arpgs weren’t exactly starving though.

FFXIV is serving a group of people that had given up on that type of game.  Yoshi P took a flaming MMO turd and turned it into a game that actually has zero competition.  In a market that’s supposed to be saturated he proved that there’s actually a huge group of customers being completely ignored.
It’s not that surprising that their customers are a bit fanatical after so much abuse.

Bannex19
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Bannex19

So people even fawn over the way Yoshi apologizes? Blizz hire a shamed Japanese man STAT. Get that guy for fukushima or iaea

Superbrak
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Superbrak

Bannex19 Blizzard acknowledged they made some really bad decisions for D3, apologized and changed it.
 Squeenix acknowledged FFXIV dragged the name of their flagship franchise through the mud and sullied their reputation as a company, asked forgiveness from their fans and changed it.
Blizzard apologized for D3… not for the damage it’s done to Diablo and Blizzard as a whole. So while they are slowly fixing that, they aren’t getting the hoopla.

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Superbrak

DugFromTheEarth Agree with everything but the D2 comments. Embracing more of the things that worked so well in the previous Diablo games is what started the turnaround for D3. Every step closer they take towards the games that D3 is supposed to have come from has done nothing but pay dividends for them. Finally adding a “Horadric Cube” with Kanai’s Cube is just the latest example.

DugFromTheEarth
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MorpayneRADIO Yup, that did happen

Well, sorta. ONE developer, Jay Wilson, did the name calling

And that was… years ago.

Since then, Wilson is gone, new devs on the project, WHOLE new game direction.

Its a GOOD game now. Its just not the sequel true to Diablo 2…. unlike when it was released, where it was a horrible D2 sequel AND was also a bad game.

Things can improve, especially when the tainted people involved leave.

And no bad feelings towards David Brevik, but Marvel Heroes is kinda proof that just because you make one amazing game, your next game may only be kinda meh in comparison.

Bannex19
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Bannex19

Funny how blizz largely doesn’t get recognized for its turn around of d3, the amount of content updates they do for free and the overall quality of its expansion.
Yoshi P on the other hand gets showered with panties when they announce a new chocobo.

MorpayneRADIO
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MorpayneRADIO

Not gonna touch this game. Diablo died artistically when David Brevik left, then when he agreed with tens of thousands of people on social media about D3’s shortcomings, the games new developers start name calling and cussing at him outright.
None of this surprised me of course given the nosedive of quality at Blizzard.

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DugFromTheEarth Agree, initially RMAH and the Inferno grind was horrible, but with the Xpac, gems, greater rifts, actually unique uniques (not just buffed yellows), it is pretty enjoyable.