Diablo 3 Podcast #174: DH Sets, GRift Records, & D3X2 Lots of content/topics this week, including perma-CC issues, DH set debates, CoE ring and buff icon issues, player UI mods, expanded Grift leaderboards, and D3 expansion #2 theorizing. Featuring Katniss, AdAstra, and Flux. Click through for approximate segment starting times and related links:
Guest Article: D3 Expansion #2: Skovos and Druid/Amazon? One of our long time forum users, Nobbie, has written a well-researched speculative article about the second Diablo 3 Expansion. No such product has yet been confirmed, but most fans expect it to be revealed soon, possibly in August at Gamescom 2015 (RoS was announced at Gamescom 2013). The main topics of speculation about an […]
Flux, Neinball, and Wolfpaq discuss the highs and lows of development, beta test, and early days of Diablo 3. The game was very different, and very difficult, upon release, and this podcast focuses the highs and lows of those early days.
Part two of this podcast will be posted tomorrow. In it the guys talk about D3’s community and remember the days of Bashiok, Jay Wilson, and other PR emergencies. Two more podcasts focusing on other aspects of Diablo 3: Year One will be posted later this anniversary week.
Approximate segment starting times:
0:30 — Show intro, D3 freespecs, and D2 rose-tinted glasses.
11:30 — Removed features during development make quite a lengthy list. Some are missed but most are unlamented.
15:30 — PvP regrets. Dueling was the best Diablo III feature in Blizzcon demos. All 3 guests still dream of a proper timed team deathmatch system.
23:00 — May 14th, 2012. Preparing for the big day and then launch! And then Error 37.
27:40 — Early days of “gear wall” difficulty. Inferno was infernal.
36:50 — Early days of “straitjacketed” by your build. Players trained by D2 and the easy Diablo III beta had a painful adjustment to Inferno requiring 4 or 5 defensive skills and buffs.
41: 20 — Early days issues with itemization. No one found legendaries and when they did the items were junk. Plus hopes and dreams for future legendary item improvements.
49:30 — Two-handed weapons. Useless in D2, useless in D3, for the exact same reasons.