Blizzard talks auction house and PVP for Diablo III: Reaper of Souls

Diablo III PVP is "something we're still experimenting with," says Blizzard.

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Following the announcement of Diablo III expansion Reaper of Souls, Blizzard has spoken to GameSpot about where the development team currently stands with two of the most controversial features of Diablo III: the inclusion of the auction house, and the lack of player-versus-player combat.

In an interview during Gamescom 2013, game director Josh Mosqueira said that the auction house would still feature in Reaper of Souls but that the game was being designed so that players will be tempted away from it.

"Trading items is one of the things you do in a game like Diablo," Mosqueira said, "and because of that we still feel that the original intent of the auction house--providing a safe and secure means of players to trade items--is still working really well. In fact, in the territories that don't have an auction house the number of account compromises is totally out of whack with the rest of the world."

"The problem is that we made the auction house too easy to use. There's not a lot of friction there. And that's really been a lot of the motivation behind Loot 2.0, to really make sure you're finding the best items in the most fun way possible: through playing the game."

Loot 2.0 is Blizzard's term to describe Reaper of Souls' new attitude towards item drops, with the expansion changing the game to drop fewer items, but of higher quality. Legendary drops will also feature more of an emphasis on modifying the skills of characters, encouraging players to think further about the way they spec their characters. Blizzard is also introducing Loot Runs, a randomly generated 15- to 20-minute dungeon which promises lucrative riches if completed.

Mosqueira says the in-game loot drops in Reaper of Souls will be more tempting than simply buying an item from the auction house. "We're really trying to tackle what I call the temptation factor of the auction house, which is making sure that players think, 'Yeah, I could probably find something in the auction house, but you know what, I could probably find something even better and more fun in the game.'"

As for player-versus-player combat, Mosqueira said that's "something we're still experimenting with." Blizzard had once planned to introduce a PVP arena mode into Diablo III at launch--even demoing the mode at Blizzcon 2010--but it never made the final game. A PVP brawling mechanic was added to the game in patch 1.0.7, released at the start of 2013.

"I can see it from a player's perspective," said Mosqueira. "'Yeah, Diablo is awesome. You click on things and things die. Imagining two players going at it would be awesome!'"

"I think the challenge, and what we're trying to find, is that Diablo III feels great moment-to-moment because it's a game that's really built around one player versus a horde of monsters. So there's a lot of [area of effect], a lot of control abilities, and the combat really works. But when it's put into player-versus-player, it really stresses those systems. We're experimenting. We're trying to figure out the right combination of things so that, at one point, we'll be able to say, 'Here we are!' That's going to be a really happy day for the community, and for the team as well."

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls will raise the game's level cap to 70, add the new crusader class, and feature a new fifth act for the campaign. For more details on the game, check out GameSpot's coverage of the game's announcement.

Discussion

484 comments
justribbit
justribbit

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ougabooga
ougabooga

Lastly, I couldn't stop LoL when reading this somewhere on the net: tyrael  forgot to visit the RMAH before going to act 5 RoS .........I have a feeling that's whats gonna happen to blizzards expectations with this Xpac's sales. ;)

ougabooga
ougabooga

this expansion is prolly going to be a FAIL, it surely won't have any where near the sales the base game had & they STILL haven't fixed the game or added ALL the promised features in updates.

I find this all funny how you get 1 new act/character & then call it an expansion, sounds like a MOD.

WHY was it so easy to make the consoles be offline but they won't do that for PC ?

I'll continue to play PoE & can't wait for grim dawn since that can be played offline.

Cya diablo, you used to be the best before you became WoWified ! ! !

nephalym777
nephalym777

i bet 75% of the people complaining about d3 didn't play d2. Of coarse, this is why game spot is a joke, zombie users. Now continue saying whats popular and agreeing with each other. clowns.

Drahk1
Drahk1

I'm still waiting for Blizzard to say that "Diablo 3" was a joke and the real Diablo 3 is coming any day now...

Shelledfade1
Shelledfade1

Diablo 3 was consumed by Jay Wilsons fat itself.

No amount of expansions are going to save it from his gripping triple chin.

Always remember, F**K THAT LOSER.

tbstage1968
tbstage1968

After the blinding disappointment called Diablo 3, I hereby swear that under no circumstances will I purchase another Blizzard product until they abandon the always online DRM failure. Lag kill in single player is unacceptable.  Don't even get me started on the "real money auction house" or the ridiculously low drop rate on useful items. So now every script kiddie on irc has a farming bot on battlenet. Causing netsplits and additional lag kill. I'll pass on the "expansion" Piece Of Shit.

SY_shoot
SY_shoot

4 acts = 60 bucks, 1 act = ?

Se7en-
Se7en-

Bought the vanilla. No story, bad voice acting, repetitive gameplay, bugged, PvP with huge delay, poor AH system, scammers, cheap rehashed level design. Low budget game with a huge marketing machine behind it. 

Seriously, don't ecourage such games by donating $40 more to Blizzard.

Bryjoered07
Bryjoered07

The key is making loot fun again. Having loot tie in with skills is an excellent idea and brings the loot closer to Diablo 2. One poster on the diablo 3 forums had this suggestion to lesser the impact of the AH. Make the AH the same interface, but only allow players to trade items while they are currently online. So, there is no posting like 20 items and then logging off. This would make it so the amount of items is never flooding the AH and would also make the super rare items exceptionally rarer. Great idea, but blizz will never implement it :(

mucking_foron
mucking_foron

Talk about giving value to it's trusted fans. An extra act and a reskin of the Barbarian. $40 please!

Elitro
Elitro

Translation:

AH - "We would like to remove AH to shut everyone up but the moneyzzzzz are too hard to resist...

PVP - "Even thou we said we were never planning to have PVP balanced, after watching our official forum mods with heavy depressions and about to kill themselves we would rather spare them those sad fates and try to come up with something that won't make players whine even louder than they currently do"

HeadExploder
HeadExploder

Diablo 3 IS a good game and it was fun.. but for  only about a month or so. I was really hoping for an expansion that would add skill trees/points and stuff, and other things to make the game more complex. It is far too simple and plain compared to D2.

Chushingura
Chushingura

they still make experiments after one year release ....hahaha who is going to pay for that? WE? THEY? the nazis from the dark side of the moon? 

1 failure? D3 story

2 failure? D3 ERRORs

3 failure? D3 classes too few

4 failure? Auction/Currency System

5 failure? PvP

JCASHUFL
JCASHUFL

If they fix the loot and nerf the auction house (PvP would be a nice addition too), they can make this the best Diablo game.  They did so many things well, it sucks that the few things they did wrong happened to be the most important part of Diablo...

Prosercunus
Prosercunus

How about we let the gamers decide? Do a ladder system with a gold AH only (as a compromise, if it was up to me I would ditch the AH altogether). If you can't do that, something that a big number of players want... I am just calling you out on being greedy.

guitarist1980
guitarist1980

I still play D3 to this day. So I am really excited for the expansion. I know it has its short comings and the only way I play is hardcore atm. But even if they add just 1 new playable hero and 1 new act.. the thing they really need to do is revamp the random dungeons. Make it so it feels unique every time you log into play the game. They really failed on that aspect and apparently they are going to revamp that. And of course the loot needs to be revamped also. Hopefully they get all this stuff perfect when the new expansion releases.

Agent-Smithy
Agent-Smithy

Wait there are still ppl playing this game?

Rage638
Rage638

I just hope they add more features on top of the 1 character and 1 act and the mystic. If its only those 3, they are no where in hell worth w.e price tag they put on this unless its like $5 we all know it wont be. We can hope its free as an apology from Blizzard (that wont happen) So let us hope b.c that's all we have left. O and my bet is that this add on will cost $40 any takers?

WasabiJack
WasabiJack

Y'know... to me, a "good" expansion to Diablo III just feels like a shiny new coat of paint over a '76 Ford Pinto.  We ALL know what's under the hood.

artane
artane

D3 came prety short as they had huge shoes to fill.  after D2 was released a shitstorm was also created since it did not matched the expectations ... but as soon the xpack hit it became pure opium for gamers. 

Hope it will make the same entrance after a few months/years and bring back the golden age of crawlers.

kukumav
kukumav

fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me - i am never buying a diablo game again. you know where to shove your "game".

valengar
valengar

I think the reason they don't want PvP is because the developers play barbs and don't want any reason to nerf them.

chunkyjake
chunkyjake

We take the time to comment on this game because we genuinely loved the idea of another Diablo. Diablo 2 was one of my top 3 games ever. So D3 was hopefully going to top that. Then we waited in line, popped it in at 1 AM, couldn't play it forever. Finally played it, and had some fun for a while; got to the end game and realized; I must go to the AH to continue? Nothing EVER drops? I've played 200 hours only to get 2 legendaries ever? And they were worse than my Blue items?

Lame......

Now I must tell everyone else how lame it is. Because I'm THAT pissed. So yeah, that's why we post; because it makes us feel a little bit better.

vadagar1
vadagar1

and all these fanboys... i pity u fools, u make me sickkk, buying this..... CRAP,... I payed 70$ for this game and i wish I flushed them down my toilet. 

raise level cap to 70, added an extra class!!!

fuck.... they can change the title to "random wow expansion" and no one would know the difference

what is this BULLSHIT

people used to be able to play single player just fine and those characters were separate from the battle net, we used to do LAN parties and play diablo 1 and 2  it was so epic

now this game just makes me wana puke my face off 

blackothh
blackothh

@angelofbeast198 i agree, pvp is a waste of time in my opinion

but it seems they are learning from games like torchlight 2 and path of exile with the quick dungeon runs system. Its a shame that blizzard is no longer the front runner of dungeon crawl games.

anonymous4ever
anonymous4ever

@ougabooga It will sell amazingly well.  The irrelevant thoughts of the often vocal minority will not change that fact.

AzatiS
AzatiS

@mucking_foron  

It seems their trusted fans are way less than the 13 million idiots ( including me ) bought vanilla D3

JCASHUFL
JCASHUFL

@artane Diablo 2 didn't meet expectations?  I love the original and it is an absolute masterpiece, but 2 was every bit as good, and better in some ways.. I feel like most look at 2 as the better game in general.   I spent way too much time playing it.  

PinchySkree
PinchySkree

@artane Shoes which could be filled easily if they just took the same game, continued the story and expanded every other feature and added the guilds.

Shelledfade1
Shelledfade1

@chunkyjake I had the same situation until I got my refund for the game. I was in act 3 inferno within the first week the game released, made it to act 4, realize it was a joke and nothing like D2, it took D2's concept and made it worse in every single aspect of gameplay.

Got my money back, never spending another dime on another blizzard title involving jay wilson in any way.

klompa1992
klompa1992

@vadagar1 Relax man...turn off your pc, go take a walk, dring a beer with a friend...There is more to life...You don't like the game then you certainly don't comment in its expansion...Isn't there anyting better to do?

chickenmanoktae
chickenmanoktae

@klompa1992 He bought the game... didn't like it. He has the right to criticize the game as he pleases.

D1 & D2 were games we played growing up!! Don't tell us we can't say "Diablo 3 suck major f*cking balls!!!!" you fanboy!

vadagar1
vadagar1

@klompa1992 @vadagar1 D3 is a CRIME against humanity and to remain silent is like participating in it 

I bought this crap and I have to warn people 

chickenmanoktae
chickenmanoktae

@klompa1992 Why can't you handle other people hating on something you like? That's the purpose of these comment boxes! Positive and negative feedback! It's you who should stay away if you don't want to see someone hating on your precious little game! Fanboy spotted.

klompa1992
klompa1992

@chickenmanoktae @klompa1992 Sure he does just not in a site that promotes the expansion...If you don't like it don't play it and don't make fun of other people who enjoy it...Get it now you hate-baby?