Diablo III patch improves pets, Greater Rifts, and Witch Doctors

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The latest patch for Diablo III is out now for players in North America, and it’s a big one for pets. Area damage now hits pets for less damage than before, some pets have had their health increased, and in general there’s a play philosophy focus that pets should be roughly as durable as the class that summoned them in the first place. It’s good news if you tend to take part in the game with a companion creature or two.

The update also makes a variety of adjustments to Greater Rifts, altering the behavior of enemies found within the rifts and removing certain maps form the rotation. Witch Doctors have also received a variety of buffs, with several fetishes getting substantially more life and improved functionality.

Delays with Diablo 3 RMAH Auctions: Now Resolved

Word that the Diablo 3 Auction House is going to shut down in March has lit a fire under traders. I’ve seen numerous posts from players talking about liquidating their gear, selling off their gold, and cashing out their real money balance, while others are enjoying the low prices to gear up for cheap. The “going out of business” burst of activity seemed to overwhelm the system, and after a surge of complaints about auctions taking days and days to clear/process, Blizzard was able to rectify the issue.

Across the last week we’ve received a growing number of reports concerning excessive delays with both the Gold and Real Money Auction Houses. We’re currently investigating the situation, and will be sure to update this post as more information becomes available.
Thank you to everyone affected by these delays for your patience while we work to resolve this. We apologize for this inconvenience and will do everything we can to take care of this as soon as possible.

Update 7:10PM PDT: Hello again everyone, thanks for hanging in there until we could dig deeper into this. We found that for a large number of auctions this past week, the game was displaying these as having successfully completed, when in fact they had not. The issue which was preventing these transactions from being recognized as having properly failed, has now been resolved. These particular auctions which were excessively delayed may still appear as ‘completed’ in-game. Any funds that were temporarily associated with these auctions are not being held by Blizzard and will be released through the financial institution that was used in conjunction with these transactions. The release times for these payments can vary depending on which bank or credit card was used.

We again apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, and thank you for your understanding.

Diablo III shutting down auction houses next March

The Diablo III auction houses are being prepped for demolition next year. Blizzard announced that it will be taking down both the gold and real-money auction houses on March 18, 2014, stating that “they ultimately undermine Diablo’s core gameplay.”

Hight said that the closing of the Diablo III auction houses, along with the Loot 2.0 system that Blizzard is currently developing alongside the Reaper of Souls expansion, will result in a “much more rewarding game experience for our players.”

He further explained that Blizzard is still “working out the details” regarding how it will close the Diablo III auction house system. The reason for announcing its closure six months ahead of time is to “give everyone as much advance notice as possible,” Hight said.

“We will keep everyone informed as we work through this process,” he said.

The auction houses will come down at the same time, and after they do, players will be able to trade with each other only through the trade window. You can watch the developers explain their reasoning behind this decision after the jump.

Why love Play Diablo III on Xbox 360 ?

Diablo III has made its long anticipated arrival for consoles with releases for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 arriving in retailers last week. The new game allows players to team up in four player cooperative sessions with nearly all of the same features from the original release plus some updated content as well. Diablo III on Xbox 360 might not be a perfect game, but it’s pretty darn close, and it’s the best way to play the game that is currently available to play on any platform; here are reasons why!

1. Last Hurrah for Xbox 360
The end of the current generation of gaming is coming to an end, and Microsoft officially announced Xbox One will be arriving on November 22, 2013. There are only a few games releasing between now and then that offer the same high quality gameplay as Diablo III with the exception of a few heavy hitters including Grand Theft Auto V later this month. Diablo III is the perfect way to spend the next couple of weeks until more big releases arrive, and the multiplayer action featured in the game could be the last quality time some players will be spending with their friends in the near future with so many other great games arriving soon.

2. Local Co-op
The best feature included in Diablo III is undoubtedly local cooperative play. While most players likely won’t geek out in full costume while making numerous sexual suggestions to their family members like is seen in the new commercial for Diablo III, the new release does offer the only simple way to play Diablo III locally with your friends and family. So few games offer the ability to play in local multiplayer, and Diablo III supports up to four players at the same time, which is perfect for Xbox 360 gamers.

3.  No Computer Required
Diablo III is a great PC game, but not everyone has a high quality gaming rig capable of playing the game at the highest resolutions. Diablo III on Xbox 360 runs smoothly and looks nearly as good as on any PC, and it offers players the flexibility of playing the game while lying in bed or on the couch without a hot laptop burning up their legs. This also means the few gamers that have yet to make the switch to HD can still enjoy the game on a large screen. Plus, unlocking Achievements for your gamertag while holding the incredibly comfortable Xbox 360 controller in hand is always a plus!

4.  Team Up on Xbox LIVE
Xbox 360 has been many gamers’ choice as the favorite console of the current generation, and one of the biggest reasons for so much Xbox love is the online services offered by the Microsoft console. No other online service offers the amount of account security, features or ease of use than Xbox LIVE, and it’s really easy to signup for if you don’t already have an Xbox LIVE account. Once you’re online, you can team up with up to four friends in online multiplayer sessions, join parties, make clans and loot dungeons together for hours on end with no interruptions.

5.  No Always Online Requirement
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Activision Blizzard took a big risk with their beloved series by adding an online auction house where players could buy, sell and trade goods safely online, but the new feature also added that players always be connected to the game’s server while playing. The feat has never been successfully executed by any game, and EA would shortly later have the same problems with the release of Sim City. The Xbox 360 version removes this restriction, taking the online auction house with it, but this is a move that ultimately gives the console version of the game infinite replay value when combined with local cooperative play capabilities.

Third Diablo III Evil Reborn Trailer Now Available

Another strange and quite freaky trailer has been released today for the upcoming Diablo III,releasing in less than two months on Ps3 and Xbox 360. The Evil Reborn trailers have been somewhat scary and an interesting way to promote the game.

Bringing the game on consoles has been a challenge for the team since the interface and some of the features had to be reworked so that they may function properly on a console environment and with a joypad. According to a few earlier reports Diablo III on Ps3 will be as fun as it is on PC. The Ps3 version of Diablo III will also have an offline mode, a local and online co-op mode but lack the controversial Auction House.

Diablo III will be launching on September 7th on Ps3 and Xbox 360. Even though it was originally unveiled as a Ps4 launch title, the game will be released sometime during 2014 since the team has only recently received the Ps4 developer kit. Blizzard will also try to do something nice with the extra development time by adding some unique features that will use the trackpad and share buttons.

Diablo III Will Include PlayStation Exclusive Items

One of the more muted announcements during Sony’s press conference, the platform holder quietly confirmed that the PlayStation versions of  Diablo III will ship with some exclusive loot. But exactly what’s up for grabs? Well, speaking as part of a live interview with the PlayStation Blog, developer Blizzard spilled the beans.
The first exclusive item is Drake’s Amulet, which is inspired by the Uncharted series. The second relic, meanwhile, is a unique set of armour based upon Journey, which includes the scarf effect from the thatgamecompany favourite. According to the studio, it picked the aforementioned franchises because it wanted gamers to form a bond with the goodies.
“We wanted to ensure that players have an emotional connection to the items, which is why we picked the scarf from Journey and the amulet from Uncharted,” explained lead console designer Josh Mosqueira. “I’ll be wearing those items because I love those games.”
Are you planning to pick up Diablo III on the PlayStation 3, or do you intend to wait for the PlayStation 4 version?

Diablo 3 Coming to XBox 360 and PS3 on September 3

Blizzard have today announced that a version of Diablo 3 for both the XBox 360 and PS3 Console will hit the streets on September the 3rd.

As an added bonus, all preorders of the Xbox 360 and PS3™ versions of Diablo III will include the exclusive Infernal Helm (in-game item only. . .though we have to admit it’d look pretty sharp IRL). Wearable at level 1, the Infernal Helm confers a +EXP bonus to help you whip your new PlayStation™ or Xbox characters into shape. Plus, it looks sweet as hell on all five mortal heroes of Sanctuary—be it the Witch Doctor, Barbarian, Wizard, Demon Hunter, or Monk. Keep in mind that the redeemable key for the Infernal Helm, which you will find in your preordered console copy of Diablo III on launch day, requires an Internet connection to be redeemed and cannot be transferred across platforms.

Diablo III promises to be a whole new game on the PS4

Blizzard has said all along that they didn’t want the console version of Diablo III to be some slapped together cash grab and their appearance on the most recent episode of “Conversations With Creators” reinforces that notion. Production Director John Hight, Lead Console Designer Josh Mosqueira, and Senior System Designer Jason Bender each took turns talking about how Diablo III benefits from the PS4 and why it was the perfect choice for Blizzard’s first console game in decades.

According to Mosqueira, Blizzard wanted to create an “intimate connection between the player and the character” with Diablo III on the PS4 and, to the end, the developer believes “the Controller is king” in this new version. He concludes by saying, “What we didn’t want to do is simplify the experience. [...] What we wanted to do is streamline the experience.”

Lofty goals are great, but direct examples are better and John Hight confirmed that the PS4′s touchpad will be used for inventory management: “One of the things we’re excited about the controller is the touchpad. We think the touchpad’s gonna give a lot of opportunity to make that interface easier.”

People not sure how that little touchpad will work with a DualShock 4 in them hand, but Blizzard’s “Conversations With Creators” episode is definitely worth a watch.

Blizzard Celebrates A Year Of Diablo III

From now until May 21, those of you who log in to Battle.net to play Diablo III will notice two pretty significant boons awarded to your characters by Blizzard in celebration of the game’s first birthday. Specifically, your characters will see a 25-percent increase in the rate at which they accrue experience points, as well as a 25-percent buff to their magic item finding capabilities. End result: More loot, quicker leveling, and a better time is had by all.

Any caveats? Of course. Here’s how Blizzard explains things: “The buff is only available while logged in to the game, but it will apply to all characters as well as stack with other similar bonuses – the +EXP bonus will stack multiplicatively and the Magic Find bonus will stack above the 300% cap!”

Obviously, if you’re one of the vocal minority who loudly despises Diablo III for whatever reason, then this short-term generosity likely doesn’t do much for you. Sorry. If it helps, you’ve only got to deal with the game’s birthday celebrations for another week or so, and then you can go back to ignoring and/or railing against the title.

Diablo III auction houses back online

A recent update to Diablo III left the auction house with an exploitable bug which players used for profit. The exploit has been fixed and the money “earned” has been donated to charity. John Hight, production director for Diablo III, posted on the game’s forum to inform the players of what had happened, and how Blizzard were dealing with it. “Players discovered a bug that allowed gold to be duplicated via the real-money Auction House,” says Hight, “This resulted in an overflow on cancelled auctions that yielded a greater amount of gold in return.” 415 players were caught taking advantage of this bug and have had their accounts deactivated

Blizzard considered rolling back the Auction House, but seeing as that would remove items and progress, punishing a large number of players for the actions of a few, the company decided against it. Instead, they opted for taking the exploited profits and giving them away: “We’ll be donating all proceeds from auctions conducted by the suspended or banned players. Including transaction fees and money it’s intercepted from culpable players’ sales — to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, which has raised more than $4.7 billion for 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada in the past 30 years.