New Diablo III director speaks about the game's future

Josh Mosqueira's plans include making loot drops meaningful and reducing "the impact of the Auction House."

Diablo III director Josh Mosqueira wrote a post on the game's official site about the future plans for the action role-playing game.

The future of Diablo III will be filled with more loot and more demons.

He said that the development team will focus on making item and loot drops more meaningful and reducing "the impact of the Auction House." By doing this, he would keep the "core magic formula" of the series intact.

"Our goal is to make the loot experience more enjoyable for ALL players. This includes reducing the amount of loot that drops while improving the overall quality, introducing targeted Legendaries, and giving players ways to directly customize their character's armor--both visually and mechanically."

Mosqueira added that while he believed that the Auction House provided value, the feature should not be "the end-all-be-all force driving character progression." Head here to read the full post.

Mosqueira was originally brought to the team to work on the PS3 and PS4 versions of the game. His attention was shifted to the franchise as a whole after former Diablo III game director Jay Wilson moved to another Blizzard project.

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floridadragon67
floridadragon67

I am still playing Diablo 3 and still love th game. Was def a few things I didn't like in the beginning, but they have addressed most issues and keep adding to it.

Was playing last night and fought a new monster I had never seen (he was very cool by the way), so always something a little different coming up.

As for auction house, it is ok, but not a big fan that you have to use it to be able to beat the game. I see all this gear on there and keep thinking where do they get ot from because I have only found 1 thing that goes to a a complete set and I have played for over 500 hours but there are so many of these on auction house makes me think Blizzard is the one puuting those out there and you can't actually find these as drops.

I always liked setting up my own attributes on characters, but thats not a big deal, but I do like the idea of the drops being more worth it beacuse I haven't found an item I can use in a long time (at least since i got to Hell level with all my characters).

Time will tell, but I still love D3 (not as good as D2).

Ezmai_RauteZ
Ezmai_RauteZ

Has anyone here even tried "Path Of Exile" Yet?? I heard about it not long ago and I was quite amazed at how much it felt like Diablo 2 with awesome graphics.. Only played an hour of it but seems like a worthwhile game.. Diablo 3?? egh, Its good but ive really lost interest..

darlonjeel
darlonjeel

Guess I am different from most.  I don't care about having a talent / skill tree.  I don't mind always online either, and I expect more games to do this until just about all of them do.  I actually like the AH, as I don't have the time to spend grinding.  Working full time, and only playing an hour or two or night and using AH has allowed me to enjoy playing through the game a few times.  Never played Torchlight / Path, but I have limited time to play.  :)

minty_cbo
minty_cbo

I always said..if they put as much work into the actual game as they did the auction houses....

the auction houses were sort of required in a WAY. with d2jsp and all of the item sites out there to spam the game to hell and make a free buck on Activision's part. (This is not blizz..this is activision...)

Wish this guy was the man on the scene and not Wilson when they were creating it, because that is the way the game was meant to work... Not use this unwanted whorechild auction house to make money for ActiBlizzion...

ghostXzero
ghostXzero

"giving players ways to directly customize their character's armor--both visually and mechanically"

yes, diablo 3 definately needs this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

fuiseh
fuiseh

People still playing this?

acelogan1989
acelogan1989

we already have path of exile and torchlight . hahahahahaha

eBentl
eBentl

Eh, I might go back to it if they actually pull this off, the rest of the game was pretty enjoyable but the auction house, and subsequent loot scaling, just wrecked it. Of course not having to run through the same content 4 times to actually finish the game would also be an improvement :)

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

What future.  People still play Diablo 3?  Especially given the far superior games that have stomped it into the ground like Torchlight 2 and Path of Exile?

N0tYrBeezin
N0tYrBeezin

Jay Wilson got sent to work on Titan. But now he is once again reassigned.

AzatiS
AzatiS

Diablo 3 13 million copies out there ( 12 + 1 )


1Million only still playing including bots ... after a year ...


This game should have been canceled exactly in the same manner as TITAN did few days ago and start from scratch... Biggest blizzard fail since 1996 hands down.

XIntoTheBlue
XIntoTheBlue

Oh now they get it (somewhat)? Too freaking late Blizzard.Auction House... horrendous decision. It's this very thing that caused me to stop playing.

darkscape
darkscape

This turd of a game just needs to go away. Blizzard either make a new IP or GTFO. Riding on old glory and milking your fanbase will not work anymore.

nurnberg
nurnberg

Good luck trying to lesson the effect of the auction house, because right now, the AH is the core and heart of the game.  The whole game is based on the AH.

vadagar1
vadagar1

1-return of the stats and skill trees

2- remove AH (or just make it irrelevant to get epic loot)

3-redesgin items and loot like diablo 1 and 2 

4-remove online always bullshit

there I made Diablo 3 a great game, and its free ....

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

The always online aspect has really spoiled this game for me, I prefer to play a game without twinked items, or auction houses. 

Yeah please allow single player or LAN connections. 

edinko
edinko

D3 has no future I hope.

I am proud that I didn't buy it.

Pre-dumbed down for bad console cotrols(lack of buttons) even before it was released on PC + always on+ auction house.

Now double dipping to push people who like it on PC to pay again 60 for an offline console version.

Yikes

keech
keech

In other words: It's not his job to fix everything Jay Wilson screwed up.

julzeverne
julzeverne

The only value that the AH adds is money in Bliz's pockets.

This guy is a tool.

Starkzard
Starkzard

I remember when I was excited about D3! :( wasn't a bad game, just didn't live up to my expectations.

canelacandy
canelacandy

I think I never got a good item from a killing a boss, they are easy and not even rewarding.

Printul_Noptii
Printul_Noptii

oh man this game needs more content asap, just add a few more chapters thats all Diablo 3 needs

Homerj
Homerj

Oh you better watch it bub....youre meddling in affairs that may impact Mr. Crabs' (aka Bobby Kotick) whole reason for ordering the sequel in the first place.  You start talking about down-playing the Chinese loot farming revenue stream, and you might find yourself going the way of Infinity Ward.

philMcCrevis
philMcCrevis

so you guys know....diablo 3 has no future.  article unnecessary


heat_masheet
heat_masheet

Anything Blizzard related should become a hatefest. They're too big a company and all they want is revenue. Very little in the way of customer approval put into their games as of late. Perhaps the unholy marriage with Activision is a good thing. They can go down together. LOL

JimmyThreeBalls
JimmyThreeBalls

I like D3, just thought I would throw that in there.  I got it last November and been enjoying it ever since.  I bet half the people saying it sucks have not even played it, just jumping on the "let's hate D3 bandwagon.

floridadragon67
floridadragon67

@Ezmai_RauteZ I have 2 people on my friends list on Steam who have been posting pics and talking about the game and said it was pretty cool, especially for the price they got it.

Haven't tried it myself though, but looked cool.

Zirkonia
Zirkonia

@minty_cbo

"Wish this guy was the man on the scene and not Wilson when they were creating it, because that is the way the game was meant to work... Not use this unwanted whorechild auction house to make money for ActiBlizzion..."

Amen! Elaborate loot customization should have been there from the start, as that was one of the best features of D2LoD. The intricacies of the Horradric Cube, rune words, jewels, and gems were the keys to why that game was so addictive. That was true crafting, not the lame excuse for crafting they currently have in D3. Customizing legendaries and set pieces to enhance your own play style was really satisfying and worth the time spent farming for specific ingredients.

floridadragon67
floridadragon67

@Thanatos2k stomped in the ground??? Ok. Neither game has sold even close to as well as D3 and Torchlight 2 did not exactly get the best review from the guys I have known that have played it, though I did buy it but haven't played it. Not to mention that torchlight2 is shorter than D3.

floridadragon67
floridadragon67

@AzatiS I believe anyone who makes games would love to have a million playing their game after being out for a year, but if you read the artice right , it said around a million people play everyday and over 3 million unique users play every month. Most games don't even sell a million games, so I would say pretty impressive.

Homerj
Homerj

I dont know how this guy still even has a job after essentially talking smack about the AH "concept".  I'll bet lil Kotick is still hot after the company flaks made him donate all the sweet money to charity after the "gold dup" scam got called out....kind of dangerous territory to tread into, I'd say.

deliman
deliman

@vadagar1They're dropping the always-online component from the console versions.

cuddlyfuzzle
cuddlyfuzzle

@edinko Blizzard is simply cherry picking now. D3 is not a 60$ game. PoE is better. TL2 is better. They are just scum sucking, cancerous leeches on the nut sack of society.

vadagar1
vadagar1

@furyofwoodan they can't see behind their massive ego and the mountains of ripped off cash

cuddlyfuzzle
cuddlyfuzzle

@furyofwoodan They see how well their games are selling. That's all dev's care about generally. Anyone that thinks otherwise is deluding themselves.

00LiteYear
00LiteYear

@furyofwoodan As if anything meaningful would come from doing that. Most of the comments are about D3 going to hell. Real feedback isn't found on general gaming news sites.

floridadragon67
floridadragon67

@Homerj You mean selling over 20 million games evry time they release a new game in the series. I think they would take that. Might want to think of another game that, say, isn't around anymore.

Zirkonia
Zirkonia

@JimmyThreeBalls 

 After a month in D3, I had several maxed out characters who had all beaten the game and was bored out of my skull. I had no interest in farming items to sell, so there was no reason to keep playing. Those of us who despise the game, in its current form, are likely old enough to have played its predecessor - Diablo II Lords of Destruction. That game was epic and kept you coming back for literally YEARS. We all had expectations that the sequel would actually be a step up, rather than three steps down. Our severe disappointment in this console-level, amateur (but pretty) design is what fuels our bitterness. The crew who made D3 obviously had no clue about what made D2LoD so incredible. If I was running that company, I would not have allowed a single person on that design team who hadn't played and loved D2LoD for at least a year. Instead, D3 looks like the designers were shown old videos of D2LoD and told "make the sequel look like this."

Sure, not everyone hates D3. Those who grew up on consoles probably think it's great. For a console game, it's above average. But we're PC gamers and we're accustomed to a much higher level of depth, detail, planning, and strategy in our games. We also expect sequels to be an improvement to the original. D3 was not.

canelacandy
canelacandy

@JimmyThreeBalls I played it a lot, but the boring loot and the ping i have because not-everybody-lives-in-north-america suck the fun out of it.

Kezzy123
Kezzy123

@JimmyThreeBalls
or most people who say it sucks actually played d3 extensively and got to hate it. I have a maxed level of each class and although I must admit i had some fun playing and the playtime vs money spent was very good, I realize how many epic faillures were allowed in game by poor management.  considerng how long they worked on it, they failed on way too many levels.  its just sad and this game is dead. no patch will make me come back at this point.  id rather try any other new arpg.  d3 has no future.  d4 maybe if they have someone competent in lead. 

sOhChAi
sOhChAi

@floridadragon67 I always find that it is amusing when people claim that D3 is a good game judging from its sales record. Do you ever bother to check how many of the sales was actually pre-orders. And if some thing having a high volume of pre-orders, that just show how D2 had done a good job, not D3. Stop stealing D2 credits.

jecomans
jecomans

@deliman So no caring about all the people who already bought it, just the few hundred thousand who may buy it on console? Friendly, no?

floridadragon67
floridadragon67

@sOhChAi Yea, that is exactly what I said. It is a good game because of sales. Oh wait, exactly where did I say that.

Just making a comment on someone saying others games "stomped it in the ground". Had nothing to do with sales making it a better game. And I already said I liked D@ better than D2 but that D3 is a good game.

I find it amusing that evryone thinks Blizzard games aren't any good anymore because of Activion which isn't true. Just saying.

jecomans
jecomans

@deliman Sorry, I was questioning the morons from Blizzard in reference to what you had said. Not you. I hadn't heard that they were changing the console version before. 

deliman
deliman

@jecomans @deliman I simply informed the guy that they're dropping it from the console version.  When did I say anything endorsing the practice on PCs?