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Vote: Season Three Too Long?

Discussion in 'Diablo 3 General Discussion' started by Flux, Aug 4, 2015.

  1. Flux

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    [​IMG]With Patch 2.3 deep into testing on the PTR, we're not too far from the end of Season Three and the start of Season Four. Blizzard told us this season would go this long; way back in April, before Season Four even began, Wyatt Cheng spoke thusly:

    We generally feel that Season 1 was on the long side, and that Season 2 was on the short side. We want to strike a balance between having enough points in time when we can all commence this journey together, but also allow enough time for characters to mature. Expect Season 3 to be at least 4 months long. Expect Season 3 to be at least 4 months long. While the exact end date is not yet known, we plan on once again giving 2 week’s notice before Season 3 ends.[source]http://www.diabloii.net/blog/commen...3-length-no-morticks-bracer-and-more[/source]


    Season Three began on May April 10th, and they haven't given us that two week notice yet, so clearly it's not ending on August 10th. And note that Wyatt didn't say, "exactly four months," and recently a CM confirmed that they were still on track to end S3 in August.

    So basically we're right on schedule. No worries, then? Of course not.

    Memories being what they are online, you can't hardly swing a dead cat these days without seeing someone ranting about how S3 is much too long, how S4 and Patch 2.3 have been "delayed," etc. Clearly it hasn't been delayed but that doesn't mean it shouldn't have been here sooner. So now we vote:

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    So what do you guys think? Will we ever see a Goldilocks season? Why does Bliz resist simply making Seasons 3 months, as everyone expected back when they announced them? And can there ever be a perfect length for a season, or are they always doomed to be either too long or too short, no matter how long or short they actually are?
    Continue reading the Original Blog Post.
     
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    Yeah, it started in April, not May. That's what I get for posting this just before I went to bed so you guys could have it to vote and chew over first thing in the morning.
     
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    With drop rates as high as they are, I don't see how trading would do anything but accelerate the "bored with a season" issue. You'd have all your ideal gear in 2 weeks, instead of 4 or 5 weeks?

    Would the game be more fun and have longer legs each season with 1/4 or 1/3 the current leg drop rate, but with full trading allowed? Seems unlikely to me.
     
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    Related topic that I was going to include in the OP, but wanted to keep it focused on topic. What happens to perceived rate of progress in S4, with more sets and items, but also the Cube?

    It's hard to judge progress playing on the PTR since the community buff keeps coming and going, but I played a new char in both versions of S4 so far, both without the +2000% until I was more than P100, and thanks to the cube I was able to move up in Torment more quickly than in S3 on live.

    The cube might mean it takes you a bit longer to get your ideal gear, and the change to no slow rolling LGems really makes obtaining those much more of a project, but players will get into T6+ sooner than before.
     
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    Felis Diabloii.Net Member

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    Well, for me four months is a perfect length. I JUST managed to finish my S3 plans. I got "I've been framed!" achievement, I got four LGems to 25, I'm edging towards GR30, I'm P255. Yeah, I'm a "Filthy Casual" ;). I'm as casual as long time Diablo fan can get. I've clocked about 160 hours in S3 - that's about 10 hours a week. I could probably do it all in 3 months if I had to but I'm glad I don't. With longer season I can take my time and not burn out on Diablo like in S2.
     
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    Really needs to be 3months on the max end since that seems to be the sweet spot. At this rate I think they are going to be closer to a 5month season which they already agreed was way too long but I guess they are behind again.
     
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    I agree with Muggs. I think 3 month seasons would be ideal. Especially if they had fixed end dates right from the start.
     
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    If Season 3 was going to end this week(end), it's probably about right. The problem is that it's at least 2+ weeks away from ending since Blizz will schedule it to end with that timing. From what I can tell, there's still some (significant?) tweaking to be done on the PTR (there's reference to at least one more patch there). I hate to say it, but it seems unlikely for Season 4 to start before the end of August...which means S3 will be pretty close to being 5 months in duration – just about everyone felt that was too long for Season 1.

    The PTR for the next patch really kills motivation to do much with the current season – it just doesn't feel as exciting without all the new toys coming to the game. At least we did get about 2.5-3 months of play time in Season 3 before getting distracted.

    The horror of it all, though, is that no one really wants the current season to end – that means it'll be time to sift through and combine/salvage/trash our stash inventories. =P
     
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    I think the anticipation of the upcoming patch has people wanting the season to end as much as anything, since everybody knows that the current season will end just prior to patch release.
     
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    Signed up to add this reply, bad luck if it ain't worth it! For mine, I'd have seasons at two months max, continue to align seasons with patches and just leave people to play ns in the meantime. That way the ns guys get a crack at the full loot table, the seasonal guys have a slightly more meaningful time frame in which to play, and you're not playing with (effectively) split accounts all the time. Gearing up is so easy now there's just no need for long seasons.
     
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    I think there are misconceptions about trading.

    Trading in itself is an activity. It can provide a break from Paragon farming, back in the D2 days I often spent my entire in-game time in trade channels.

    And even though you don't need to trade in order to 'quickly gear', there is always better rolled items to find. Isn't that partly why people sink hundreds of hours into the game in the first place?
     
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    I used to ask my first wife that very question, when she complained about our sex life.
     
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    I was thinking about this "season 3 too long' issue and realized I was what you mention.

    I haven't played live in a month, since the PTR went up. So S3 doesn't feel too long to me, since it basically ended (for me) in mid-July. If I'd just been playing live all this time and watching the PTR changes and waiting for them... yeah, I'd be pretty bored too.
     
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    Its way to long imo after a month you get tired of a season. Season 2 I play for 6 weeks and then find it boring !! Season 3 to be honest I play ut only for a few days! I would really love to know how many WHO play season games???? In the Clan im in the moment (72 Dudes)3 are playing season mode, and among all my other friends zero!!!!
     
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    as written another place on this site im not a fan of season mode at all, I would love to know how many players really play seeason mode????
    Gues some play it only to wait for next patch and the same second a PTR went up they quit just as you do!!
     

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