If you’re grumpy about the way Diablo IV’s items and stat system was shaping up, you’re apparently not alone – and there are enough of you that Blizzard is listening. In a letter from Diablo IV Game Director Luis Barriga today, the studio says it hears the complaints and will be addressing the early complaints.
“We also know that one topic is burning hotter than the rest. We want you to know that we are having the same conversations about items and stats that you are having – whether on the official discussion threads or external sites, we read it all! Getting this right is at the top of our minds, and in the coming weeks our lead systems designer David Kim will provide a few clarifications, share some of his thoughts, and address some of your open questions. We hope you check it out and let us know what you think.”
Blizz also promises “a cool update […] in February of next year,” the “first in a series of quarterly updates” and behind-the-scenes looks into the progress on the game.
In other Diablo news, the new season on the way for Diablo III sounds legitimately fun. You’re allowed to have fun in a Diablo game, folks. It’s OK. We won’t tell. This fun here comes in the form of Pandemonium, a new buff that applies during Season 19 that stacks movement speed and bonus damage as long as you hit a monster, up to a grand total of 1,000 stacks that grant 50% movement speed and 100% bonus damage. In addition, reaching a certain number of kills in a row unleashes a variety of unique effects like exploding chickens, a frost nova, and corpses raining from the sky.
The new update also kicks off the addition of new class sets for every class in Diablo III, starting with a new Crusader set and new Monk set in patch 2.6.7. There’s also a number of Legendary powers returning with this patch intended to synergize with these new class sets and a swath of Barbarian item changes.
As for the season itself? Don’t expect it this week. Blizzard has confirmed it’s not launching this Friday.
A Letter from our Game Director – BlizzCon 2019
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