Blizzard added some more info to the recent thread about Diablo 3 Monster Density adjustments that are now (now now now, right now!) testable on the PTR. I’ll re-quote the start of that post since it’s relevant, and add on the new info after it.
Q: So what type of Monster Density are you talking about? Is is just mobs? Elite packs or a mixture of both?
A: The zones that are bolded above had their density increased (i.e. there are now more monsters). These zones include:
The ones that aren’t bolded above had their density adjusted so that there are less groups spawning overall, but the number of monsters in each group has increased. This should give a feeling of “clumpiness” where you see big packs of monsters and some open spaces. These zones include:
Q: Is act 4 going to be worked on? It seems like a lot of players were interested to play this act but many comment that its still too bare.
A: We’re still tuning density across all Acts, and this includes Act IV. We just haven’t made any additional changes to it just yet.
Were there any thoughts placed into letting the user decide the density? On the quest selection screen, adjusting the monster power levels from 0-10, could there not be the same applied next to it…a drop down selection for mob density from 0-10?
We have not heard about any plans for such an option, but that is not to say that it may never happen.
Can u give us any information about itemization and PvP progress?
There is no new information available on these features, but rest assured that we have not given up on them. Itemization improvements and PvP are both things that need to be awesome and fun, and if the developers do not feel the quality of these features are where they need to be, then they will be reiterated upon until they reach the wanted quality.
We are of course very much aware that these are some of the things you guys want the most in-game, and preferably sooner rather than later, but we will not rush and release something that is not ready. We will of course keep you guys updated as soon as we get new information on the progress of these things.
Have you guys been testing on the PTR, to see where things are going, and to add informed input to the debate? Or are you spending these last days of v1.07 mainlining Act 3 farming and making sure to take extra runs through all the Arreat Crater levels to soak up as much exp as possible from scorpions before their exp gets nerfed in v1.08? (They weren’t so exciting before, but now that you know they’re going to get nerfed, it’s like a legal exploit!)