The Diablo CMs haven’t made many forum posts since the Reaper of Souls announcement, but they’ve answered some key questions, and Lylirra has been blowing it up on Twitter, though there’s only so much value anyone can manage with just 140 characters of explanation. From what the CMs have told us via email, they’re not going to be answering every last question just yet, to leave space for media interviews from Gamescom to have their moment. The show runs through the weekend after all, and we can’t expect to know everything just yet.
For now, there’s some good stuff from the CMs in the forums and Twitter.
Grimiku: Removing the Auction House would fix the problem it created, but that would also create new problems, like chat spam (WTS/WTB [item link]) all day long. That’s definitely not ideal, either. One of the ideas driving Loot 2.0 is that players should not feel that they need to use the Auction House. We don’t mind if players use it, but targeted drops, reduced trash items, better stat ranges, new Legendary effects, and the Mystic should help players feel empowered by the item hunt, and not forced to use the Auction House.
Will be able to use my barb gear on the crusader?
Grimiku: The Crusader class is kind of like a walking tank, and they use Strength as their primary attribute. I think that really fits the Crusader concept, who is a zealous holy warrior wrapped in heavy armor, and wields punishing weapons (like a flail) with a massive tower shield. A lot of your Barbarian gear will be a good fit for them.
Is loot 2.0 coming WITH Reaper of Souls, or will it come before RoS?
Grimiku: We want to implement a lot of the new systems and features in a pre-expansion patch for free. That should include Paragon 2.0, Loot 2.0, Loot Runs, and Nephalem Trials. For now, you’ll need to purchase the expansion to play as the Crusader, explore Act V, unlock the Mystic, and level up to 70. These details may change as development moves along, but we want some of the core gameplay improvements to be available for everyone.
Those are all forum posts. Click through for quotes of all the good questions and answers from the various Blue twitter feeds. Most of them concern exactly how the Sharagon system will work, in terms of HC vs. SC, levels from dead HC characters, grandfathering in current levels vs. earning new ones, distribution of the stat points across an account, and more.
hi. from the “Loot 2.0 – Diablo III: Reaper of Souls” I understood that Critical hit chance/damage is getting nerfed. am i correct?
We’ve not shared any info along those lines to my knowledge. Changes to affixes are still under development/not yet final. 🙂 —Lylirra
hey could u answer my question about ladder please?
We don’t have any details to share about a ladder system right now. 🙂 —Lylirra
Interesting, seems you ‘Assign’ Paragon Points to a character. So you earn them with 1 hero but can put them onto another?
Correct. All normal characters on an account will share a Paragon level, same for Hardcore, as well as earned Paragon Points.
Question: So if I earn x points for one level, will that be x points for each character, or x points to entire account?
Current plan is that the points would be awarded to all heroes for each pLvl earned. Still a work in progress, tho! Note that this would be separated by game type (i.e. Normal/HC). Normal heroes share a pLvL, HC heroes share a pLvl. —Lylirra
There is a lot of talk about a “Nephalem Trials” mode going around. What does that game mode consist of?
I’ll let the devs spill the details in interviews first. It’s their brain child! 🙂 @joshmosq @BrianKindregan –Lylirra
We’ll definitely answer that question in interviews, and it’ll all come out soon – stay tuned! –BrianKindregan
All normal characters on an account will share a Paragon level, same for Hardcore, as well as earned Paragon Points. –Lylirra
it is stated that pragon levels will work retroactively, will it include all dead chars, dead chars not moved to archive or none?
Not sure, I can ask! Those details may not be finalized at the moment, though. (Just a heads up.) So, just checked with Wyatt & that detail is still being fleshed out. We’ll share more infoz as development continues.–Lylirra
Will current paragon progress on SC characters transfer over to HC characters?
Currently no. Normal heroes and HC heroes will share separate Paragon levels. –Lylirra
What about the players with a single paragon 100 character that spent thousands of hours. Will this be accumulated? or just 100.
I believe it will just be 100, since that is where pEXP is currently capped & stops being tracked. Many details still TBD, tho! –Lylirra
Query: The word was that Loot 2.0 wouldn’t be “before Blizzcon”. Isn’t waiting another year for it “before the expac” kinda cruel?
So, I guess “cruel” is kind of subjective. We’re not holding the changes back purposely to release w/the expac. Timing just fits. –Lylirra
I understand, just wanted a little confirmation. See you in a year. 🙂
Don’t mark your calendar until we actually share a release date. 😉 Pro-tip! –Lylirra
My main question is, will paragon points be respectable or changeable in some way as diff stats for diff builds (ie crit vs str)
The current plan is to allow players to re-spec their Paragon points. 🙂 —Lylirra
That’s a good selection of the Q&A worth reading. There’s a ton more with general EXCITE chat and such that’s not really worth archiving. As Lylirra said in several tweets, stay tuned to Gamescom for more details about everything via interviews. (We’ll post them here as soon as they go live, of course.) Blizzard employee tweets and B.net forums are *not* going to be the main info sources during this convention.