Diablo 3: Cool New Stuff Coming… “Soon?”

gamescom-2015We may be proven wrong, but today’s live stream with environmental artist Joshua Manning isn’t expected to offer up any new infos or juicy preview facts about imminent patches or D3Y reveals.

Such is not the purpose of the live stream and no promises of news have ben made, but obviously fans can still hope, especially since we’re in quite a fallow period for news. Some comments to that nature showed up in the Blue post about the live stream, and got replies from Nevalistis. Diablo 3: Cool New Stuff Coming… “Soon?”

So basically no dev which means no information about the ‘near’ future of this game? 🙁
@WalkinTall: It’s important to remember that design isn’t the only aspect of game development. Lots of talented people work on Diablo III in different capacities. Josh happens to work on the visuals of the areas your hero explores. 🙂

It’s also worth reiterating that these livestreams aren’t intended as Q&A’s about upcoming content; they’re an opportunity to meet our development team in a more casual setting. The more question-answer type stuff is better served by our Tavern Talk series. When we have another of those on the way, we’ll be sure to let you all know!

I totally agree. Maybe he will talk about the Ruins of Scherons or how its called.

Well, this wasn’t meant in a negative way! You have to understand us: We love this game. We really love to hear about the future and updates of this game. That’s why we keep asking :P. Some of the changes that will come are really really cool thats why I cannot wait for them 🙂

Of course! Passion is what drives this community, just as it’s what drives our development team. We can relate!

Moments of quiet can happen, though, and that pretty much means we’re busy at work on what’s next. Patience; I promise there’s some really cool things on the way!

They are 100% busy with that other game i dont remember name Storm Hero
The Diablo III development team works exclusively on Diablo III. The activity in our other games is not related to Diablo III’s development schedule.

There’s always the issue with fans of any online game wanting more more MOAR, but we’re clearly in a fallow period. Season Three is more than two months in, and by this time in S1 and S2, the PTR was running with the next season’s patch. Admittedly, most of us felt that the S3 PTR went up too early into S2 (like two weeks) and it made playing S2 feel sort of pointless, with so much cooler content looming on the PTR. But now in S3 we’ve got no hints of anything new coming up DiabloWikisoon, and with Wyatt’s statement that S3 will run for at least 4 months (into early August+), there’s no end in sight.

In fact, based on the past time tables, it seems like it’ll be four months+, since the last 3 content patches (before S1, S2, and S3) spent around 2 months testing on the PTR, and at this point we’re only six weeks from early August and that four month time frame.

So why hasn’t the PTR started up with the next content patch (promised to include new sets for the Monk, Crusader, and WD) already? Well, the most cheerful interpretation is that the devs don’t have time to work on the next content patch since they’re all crunching to get the the second expansion pack ready to debut at Gamescom (in early August) or else Blizzcon (in early November).

The less cheerful interpretation is they’re all on summer vacation, busy play testing the Diablo content in HotS, and playing Heartstone on their phones during long bathroom breaks.

What do you guys think is most likely?

Update: Click through for the live stream video. As expected, the dev didn’t spill any news, but the CMs were answering some questions in chat during the stream. According to them, Ruins of Sescheron is likely to be in the next patch, that Realm of Trials is gone net patch, and that they’re still aiming to end S3 in August, with the patch and S4 starting shortly afterwards.

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  1. Yeah I want that new wd and monk set now and now in another 4 month season. Need more stuff now desu because moar and still finding shit stat sticks.

  2. Yes, we are in a huge lull right now for new content for D3.

    The problem is there are so many areas that need major work still that its ridiculous.

    Itemization is still extremely sub par and rift/rift/rift gets old real fast.

    I also can’t customize my character enough and too many abilities are still sub par.

    The above examples are just the tip of the iceberg.

    I haven’t been playing at all and I don’t miss it one bit.

    They better be planning something big and soon or the game will suffer greatly for it.

    • What could they possibly plan? You will just get more of the same from this team. Real change must come from new people, with mandate to make an intellectual game, based on the previous Diablo titles.

  3. Here’s what I got from play your way twitchcast. Nothing major was said, but it does appear that information or a PTR is on the horizon. Quin 69 tried to pry info out of Nevalistist but she had the dodge runes and skills all up. Grimiku was the main moderator, but Tyvalir also popped in. They did also say that Sescheron was likely due in the next patch and that the plan is still around August sometime or 4 months for season end. Nothing mentioned about Monk set, and that Trials were 100% out next patch (think is common knowledge now).

    Other tidbits:
    part of what the Art guy in there was who did some of the stuff in Act 5 with traps and effects. Looking forward to next patch etc.

    They were pretty tight lipped on many solid details. When I was in chat I asked Grimiku if they’d look into doing something about Mantra of Retaliation and or Thorns and the common lack of use of both. He sounded like he’d pass it on.

    Guess it pays to be in these podcasts to get some questions answered. He responded a few times to different things and I even threw in a joke about ‘The Paddle’ daibo and whether or not the ‘Slap’ would ever have an effect where it slapped you for using it.

    His response was that it already does when that’s what Kadala gives you.

    Kinda fun to be honest.

  4. “The Diablo III development team works exclusively on Diablo III. The activity in our other games is not related to Diablo III’s development schedule.”

    This is literally true, but it’s also deceitfully misleading.

    The *size* of the D3 development team is not constant. They can easily move people off the team to work on other games when necessary. Also, there are various people who spread themselves across multiple game titles as they wouldn’t have full-time work for just a single game; things like music and sound design. The cinematics team clearly splits their time across the games, hence why D3X only had a lame intro cinematic and no ending one – because they went on to work on other games instead.

    • All of this… No one is convincing me that with Heroes about to hit live and people asking questions about Overwatch that staff haven’t been shifted around to help polish those games up (for conference demos perhaps?).
      I mean… the article before this one on the site is “D3 toons to appear in Heroes of the Storm”. Now why would you get a whole different art team in to re-draw Diablo when you could just siddle over and ask the Diablo team to draw Diablo?

      The problems with the game design they are struggling with at the moment (things like Trials) are reasonably difficult to solve – do you remove trials? Ok and replace it with what? A menu system that tracks what you’ve done? Ok, you need a Battle.net programmer and Blizzard are tight with letting them work on anything Diablo related at the best of times. How does it work with groups? So I completely get that maybe there’s some stuff going on but it’s just not that interesting to talk about… A dev diary of “Today we tested a tweak to trials. It failed” every day for two weeks isn’t going to fill the player base with joy.

      The Seasons will stay at four months+ though, it’s too much content to bring out otherwise. We’re expecting about 6 new items and 6 re-works per season and we want them to be balenced and we’re complaining about power creep and we want MOAR and we want it NAOW! 😛

  5. Here, here Lanthanides, I’m glad there is recent acknowledgement of the horrible videos for RoS, such a disappointment for an original Diablo player. Still remember the raven in the first cinematic from D1.

  6. Hopefully :
    -the archon set reworked
    -the archon spell reworked
    -the thorns set reworked
    -the crusader hammer set
    -the immortal barb set slightly buffed
    -the shadow set reworked (with hopefully including the vengeance spell, like this :
    (2) Shadow Power gains the effect of every rune.
    (4) Reduce the cost of all abilities by 50% and you gain 50% more dmg while Vengeance is active.
    (6) Reduce the cooldown of Vengeance by 50%.
    -akkan (2) bonus reworked.(your blessed shield makes 100% more dmg)
    -the demon’s set
    -the helltooth set
    -add to blackthorne’s set a (6) component

  7. Whatever changes are coming I think the really big changes are going to be held for the expansion announcement. I would expect to hear about the xpac @ Blizzcon.

    By really big I am mean things like build diversity (less reliance on 6 piece sets), another main activity besides Rifts and GRifts, another class, another follower, more stash space, more skill slots, etc.

    The (last?) season/era before the xpac announcement will be things like new sets for classes that haven’t had one, tweaking of the old sets, and some modest changes.

  8. According to the PYWT livestream Season 3 will end in ~1 month, which points to an imminent ?Sescheron? Patch PTR. Also, Sescheron will be large and its own zone/host for multiple bounties within AV mode (not campaign, though this has been discussed) and not a bounty within Act 3 (if I understood that correctly).

  9. “What do you guys think is most likely?”

    That at this point the expectations for an announcement at Gamescom has already been hyped enough, that an actual D3-announcement happening would be kinda like a self fulfilling prophecy due to Blizzard being peerpressured to hard already for them to ignore making one.

    • BlizzCon 2015 is reserved for WOWX6 anyway. ^^

      • Well, Blizz ain’t shy waiting a year or two longer ’til a release, if they’re of the opinion it ain’t there yet. And as I want the thing that’s for me still missing in the game coming with the next expansion, an enticing character developement system, I’d rather prefere having them take their time. Nonetheless, I don’t think Blizzard has the room left to not make a substantial announcement, anymore.

  10. I’m pretty happy right now with the content. I play HC so i’m really enjoying the GR climb until inevitable death. My goal is to hit max blood shard capacity. I’m 4 GR’s away but it might as well be 40 GR’s away. It’s a game of inches with no mistakes.

    For those already bored and wanting new stuff, maybe try HC. Imagine everything you do in-game matters and has consequence. Every step could be your last. Kind of like real life.

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