Diablo III 1.0.8 patch aims to improve co-op play

Blizzard admits multiplayer in Diablo III is "not living up to its full potential."

Diablo III patch 1.0.8 will improve the experience of playing cooperatively, Blizzard has said.

In the upcoming patch, which is currently available on the game's public test realm, Blizzard intends to make co-operative play more appealing by adding matchmaking tags, additional bonuses to playing multiplayer, a decrease in the amount of health monsters get when more players join a game, a new Identify All command, combat alerts, and private chat.

Senior technical game designer Wyatt Cheng said that the RPG isn't currently as good in multiplayer as the developer would like. "From day one, it’s been our goal to make Diablo III a great co-op experience," said Cheng, "but right now it's not living up to its full potential. Even if you enjoy playing with your friends, it can often feel easier and more efficient to play solo."

While Cheng describes the co-op experience as "awesome" and beneficial to players in some areas, he adds that it comes with disadvantages "like having to coordinate where you're walking and what you're attacking, losing your followers, and trying to find groups that have similar goals to yours without a defined matchmaking system in place."

"The point is that multiplayer can be lot of fun, but given the downsides it can often feel not worth the effort," concludes Cheng, before asking players to provide feedback on what else Blizzard could do to make the co-op portion of Diablo III more appealing.

More details about Diablo III's 1.0.8 patch are available on Blizzard's site.

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170 comments
trueepower44
trueepower44

Diablo 3 = most disappointing game of all time.

rhezekim
rhezekim

My biggest complaint is I made some good gaming friends playing Diablo 2.  I am told that with Diablo 3 that we can't play together because I am in the US and they are in Denmark, different countries mean different servers which limits who you get to play the game with, if this is true how very disappointing.

oneanimal
oneanimal

re create diablo 2 LOD! this game sucks..I don't play and everybody I know doesn't play anymore...

oneanimal
oneanimal

Stop trying to fix this game because its a big fail! RECREATE DIABLO 2 LOD OR D4 AND WE WILL ALL PLAY AGAIN!

jrobthejedi
jrobthejedi

I don't think they realize that Path of Exile exists yet...

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

All i have to say for this game is BUWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA FAIL BLIZZARD IS FAIL

PesmergaYuber
PesmergaYuber

Ability combos would be nice and something to seriously consider. Also can't think of a good reason why Identify All wasn't included when the game shipped..

hardeddie
hardeddie

Most dissapointing game of the current gen.

Nepti
Nepti

Disappointing game. Played it maybe 10 hours total. Bland character development. Finding any kind of useful loot that upgrades what you have requires you sift through hours and hours of gameplay picking up useless junk. The auction house is pay to win. And the final nail in the coffin, a constant online connection when playing solo. No thanks.

BarkingSpider81
BarkingSpider81

Blizzard used to be great....10 years ago. Then they became money-hungry douchebags.

Ceclor
Ceclor

Eh, I don't care.  As I've said before, D3 was an OK game.  Not a great one, not a bad one, just OK. 

Setzera
Setzera

If Blizzard wants feedback about the co-op, then have the PC version support local co-op like the console versions will.  Otherwise I'll continue not to own D3.  Just sayin'..

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

good keep the great updates coming blizzard!

carolino
carolino

hey you can play co-op in a multiplayer game....fkin brilliant 

just copy diablo 2 with 2013 tech and call it diablo 4 ..should still work better then 3

Ramiro00
Ramiro00

They stole my money. F&%$ you Blizzard. Remember all the issues to log in on day 1, The LAG, the optimization problems (fps drops). Then you started playing and voalá not  single item for your class drops even if you were on a 4 men party fighting an ultra hard boss on inferno. OHHH wait remember when you maxed out 1 stat (example: attack speed) cause it was your core stat and then they nerf all the items with that stat making them useless?. I´ll repeat F&%$ Blizzard. A terrible game that cost me $60. 

gMcR
gMcR

They should have patched this long ago. Right now, there is really no reason to play co-op since the game only becomes harder and your farming inefficient. It's like the game punishes you for playing with friends, while it should be the other way around. 

But better late than never, I guess.

galeta
galeta

maybe blizzard become too dumb to understand whats going on here?

dear blizzard your CONTENT is sucks. why are you trying hard to make people play same poor content over and over again instead of working on new content? 

here is my advise to blizzard: FIRE all Diablo team and start over!

BludshedX
BludshedX

It took them a year to realize this? Did they not play the game??

telaros
telaros

NEW DUNGEONS!

More BOSSES.

A game that wasn't rushed out to keep people's subs going till Pandaria released.

Stop treating people like everyone is into mindless repetitive grinds on the same maps. It's just not enough diversity.

corpsebound
corpsebound

biggest let down of the decade for gaming!diablo 2 was a masterpiece,diablo 3 is a dumbed down boring game


Fernin-Ker
Fernin-Ker

How about more areas, higher player count, decent PvP and al the fun shit we had in D2? Those would be some pretty nice additions...

OJ_the_LION
OJ_the_LION

I don't sympathize with a lot of the complaints I hear about this game. I've been playing since the first one, and I for one am happy that I'm not getting TK'd every 5 minutes by hackers, having my loot stolen, or breaking my mouse. I actually really like the core gameplay for being flexible, fast paced and sensible to control.

However, one thing that is definitely a problem, and perhaps singlehandedly ruined what the game is, is the AH, especially the RMAH. I used to like random loot systems, but maybe as I've gotten older I realize what a stupid treadmill system it is. Combine this with basically forcing you to farm or pay real money to get something that's actually useful and I find the game loses a lot of its point.

Cashmoney007
Cashmoney007

I have only played through D3 once, and I have not even maxed out one character.  I will go back to it at some point.  I am still waiting for much better pvp in this game.  But I doubt it will ever happen.  I do not even have the game installed right now.

eyeball2452
eyeball2452

Anyone wish the game was feature complete when it was released? I wish players would expect more from modern games.

egbertmr
egbertmr

Everytime a statement comes from Blizz about D3 it's either "Wow, look at this cool new thing to buy!!"  OR "The (insert any functionality) isn't living up to it's potential.  We sorry, gonna try harder now!"

Console will be watered down D3 fail.

Jin_Hakazura
Jin_Hakazura

I guess i'm a fail casual player that doesn't care about quality because i enjoyed this game immensely, even though i haven't been playing in a while (partly cause my pc dies when it games now >.<). Idk, i feel like people treat this game like it's the biggest piece of garbage in existence, and i look back in gaming history and can find millions of better examples of that kind of sentiment, Including "disappointing games that could have been so much more". I get it guys. I get it. It wasn't your dream game. It isn't a steaming pile of crap, either. You can deny that all you want, and i don't even care if you continue to do so. I just know that it's a game i REALLY enjoyed playing, and that's all i want from a game when i go and spend money.

But oh well, i'm just one person. I guess i just keep my standards low or something. As i said, i must be a lame casual.

jackshep24
jackshep24

play and forget. this game is perfect for consoles.

USDevilDog
USDevilDog

"From day one, it’s been our goal to make Diablo III a great co-op experience," said Cheng.

And yet Blizzard opted to cap the number of players to 4 and exclude a lobby chat system -- two fundamental things gamers complained about before D3 went live, but fell on deaf ears. 

x-TwilighT-x
x-TwilighT-x

I honestly can't describe why Diablo 2 was better. It just was, idk why...

Roger_Smith
Roger_Smith

"a decrease in the amount of health monsters get when more players join a game"

That flatly defeats the point of having more players join a game. These companies are so bad, I almost feel bad for them, watching them flounder about in their ways.

supershmo
supershmo

so what's next after this wasted effort? improve items, improve co-op, what about improving the game, the small, mediocre, repetitive, console game and its shity "disney like" story, ugh

TheLeftHandDoom
TheLeftHandDoom

why is anybody still playing this?  This game was fun for two months. I leveled all the classes to 60.  i beat inferno with two classes. What's left.  I did that in two months.

shadow131990
shadow131990

I hate the fact that console owners don't get always online while we the gamers that actually supported and waited all those years get slapped in the face! I have nothing against console owners. It's just blizzards attitude that makes me sick!

terafumos
terafumos

@carolino 

Diablo 3 acts are so similar environmentally and thematically that they probably took your suggestion to heart beforehand to some extent... the final act felt like the only original locale. 

shadow131990
shadow131990

@Ramiro00 I also remember watching the first gameplay trailer everyday for years until the game was released! Was the wait worth it? Of course not.

terafumos
terafumos

@ihsiep Pretty much. These are just tweaks. They treat it like new content patches for WoW or something...

treepop99
treepop99

@OJ_the_LION check out path of exile. You will remember why you liked D2 :) Phenominal game...and it's free.

Sardinar
Sardinar

@egbertmr more watered down than it is already? We will need a lot of water.

gMcR
gMcR

@Jin_Hakazura You don't have low standards. The game has a 88 meta score, which is very good.

The game is far from perfect but it gets more hate than it deserves.

---Cipher---
---Cipher---

@Jin_Hakazura I know there are worse games to buy, but Blizzard had THE game of this genre. If you wanted an arpg loot feast, it was Diablo. It's crap because of what it lost in the decade it took to make. Most maps are barely random, it gets old fast, especially when diablo has been a grind since 1. Loot is boring, no fun loot, just +1 more x stat, if you really want something, buy it from the AH. Diablo hasn't ever had a story, but 3's was bad by its own standard...I knew as soon as I met the guy who he was. Always online was a terrible idea, I died more to rubber banding than diablo. And last, but not least....that f'n "tear-ROAR" made diablo sound like he had been hit in the head a few too many times in D2. It's hard to fear the guy who makes you laugh histaricly every time he says his name.

It could have been worse, yes. People hate on it because Blizzard had the reputation and the flagship of the genre and they destroyed it with terrible design decisions that can't be patched. Maybe they'll get it right in D4. I'm glad you liked it, but they removed the things that kept D2 fun, and simply added in a cash grab in its place.

Atheosis
Atheosis

@Jin_Hakazura There's a lot of hyperbole that surrounds D3.  That said, the auction house was a truly terrible idea that ended up ruining the looting element in a game that is all about loot.

BludshedX
BludshedX

@x-TwilighT-x The game ooooooozed quality. You can't really explain quality.. it's just something that's there or not.. and deep down you just know it's there or not. With D2 it was there. With D3, sadly, it was not.

Dirk_McHardpeck
Dirk_McHardpeck

@shadow131990 It's no surprise IMO. It's just Blizzard exposing the truth they've denied for so long that Diablo 3's always online status wasn't for improved game mechanics but was in fact as an anti-theft deterrent like the gaming community always believed. Pirating isn't an epidemic on consoles so there isn't a need for the always online feature.

Adser26
Adser26

@Dirk_McHardpeck @shadow131990 Isnt a epidemic on consoles?? You know that all consoles can be easily hacked (ps3 is the hardest one and wii is so easy to hack is almost a joke), you can easily go and find torrents of xbox games BEFORE they get the PC hacks. Yet they dont seem to know or care about this and say PC is the only one with pirates...

shadow131990
shadow131990

There are some things businessmen don't understand about pirating and that's the fact that there are more people with computers able to run the game that don't have money to buy it, than pirated versions. The pirated versions are not not lost sales.

shadow131990
shadow131990

@Ramiro00 I've had the 720 p version. When i got a new PC I was so happy that I could watch the 1080 p version. I guess Blizzard will be the second developer I won't buy games from.

Dirk_McHardpeck
Dirk_McHardpeck

@Adser26 @Dirk_McHardpeck @shadow131990 Far more people illegally download PC games then are likely to download a console game, burn it and hack their machine to play it. Also the latest gen of consoles have only been around for 6 years whereas users having been pirating PC games for decades.