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    Inferno no longer a linear difficulty

    Bashiok just posted: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/top...32?page=33#654

    This is may be a good a time as any to REVEAL TEH SEKRITS! that Inferno monster levels aren't linear any longer. They get progressively more difficult. This was really a reaction to Inferno playtesting. Our original intent was to have a flat difficulty level where you could go wherever you want, farm for items, and it'd be no more or less difficult than any other area in Inferno. This caused a few inherent issues for us, though:


    • It just felt wrong. It didn't feel right to be progressing through the game and have it stay pretty much the same difficulty the whole time. It felt like a letdown to get to the final boss of the game and it be no more difficult than the first.
    • There’s a wide variety of players out there and we wanted to make sure everybody had something to sink their teeth into. We expect that anybody with enough time and dedication will reach level 60. But the jump in difficulty to Inferno needed to be different amounts for different people. For the crazy people they need a HUGE ramp in difficulty, for a more “casual but still hardcore” audience you want an obvious but milder increase in difficulty. So for the crazy people who play non-stop they’ll hit Act I and get a challenge, but 1 month later they’ll still have something to work on (Acts II, III and IV). For the “hardcore-casual” they will reach level 60 later and not get brick walled when they reach Inferno. They can experience some “small victories” working on Act I with the dream of maybe someday reaching the later acts.
    • Longevity. We know people really want goals to work towards and challenges to overcome. We made Act III and Act IV really, really brutally hard, for the most elite players only. It felt wrong to make ALL of Inferno that brutally hard.



    Now, you may be saying “I thought you wanted us to be able to farm anywhere we wanted. Now we only have half as much area in the game to farm in? What gives?” Our goal is to make the loot mathematically better in the later acts without making the earlier gear completely obsolete. We feel Diablo II actually did a very good job with this and we expect Diablo III to perform similarly.

    Specifically, people in D2 did Diablo runs, Mephisto runs, Pindleskin runs, Pit runs, Baal runs, etc. because the loot in Diablo is extremely random. Even though the theoretical best items might come from the later Acts, well-rolled items from earlier acts will still be better. Internally we find sometimes after an intense session of brutally hard Inferno it can be really fun to cruise through Hell Act III or IV and it’s not too uncommon surprise when an upgrade drops. We expect this to carry through to Inferno difficulty where somebody who can theoretically farm Act IV will likely still enjoy romping through Act I simply because the drop potential is still there. It’s all because of the highly random items having lots of overlap in their power distribution curves.


    Imo that's awesome change, i am very happy about that I always knew that flat difficulty looks wrong, but now everyone will always have a challenge.



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    Re: Inferno no longer a linear difficulty

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    Well, ****ing damnit.




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    Re: Inferno no longer a linear difficulty

    I was personally looking forward to the flat difficulty :P.

    Nonetheless, this is cool, too ^_^. His promises of awesome loot still dropping at earlier parts of the game have placated me, but I can't wait to see just how tough Acts 2, 3, and 4 of Inferno are!

    I hope that the best loot is still endgame Inferno though, otherwise, what would be the point? :P



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    Re: Inferno no longer a linear difficulty

    So for the crazy people who play non-stop they’ll hit Act I and get a challenge, but 1 month later they’ll still have something to work on (Acts II, III and IV).


    So even the guy of who plays non-stop won't be able to get through whole inferno in months lol.. Sounds too cool to be true.

    In d2 hell was beaten in like 1-2 days and everyone loved that game, imagine how awesome this will be.



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    Re: Inferno no longer a linear difficulty

    D2 Hell could be beaten quickly because you could outlevel the content :P. You'd always be higher-level than all the monsters.

    In D3, the level cap of 60 and monsters in Inferno BEGINNING at 61 ensure that it's not gonna be a walk in the park :P. I'm really excited because I want to believe Blizzard is right about Inferno's difficulty so much XD.



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    Re: Inferno no longer a linear difficulty

    Well, this combined with PvP should keep one busy for a while. :-)



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    Re: Inferno no longer a linear difficulty

    Translation: Actual end-game systems are so far off we need to keep them distracted with progression grind even longer than anticipated. Alas, good bye, innovative end-game concept!




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    Re: Inferno no longer a linear difficulty

    Quote Originally Posted by Kblavkalash View Post
    So even the guy of who plays non-stop won't be able to get through whole inferno in months lol.. Sounds too cool to be true.
    Yeah, now the only way casuals and baddies will ever see late inferno is when better players make videos of it. Actually I forgot they could whine on the forums like they always do, so there is hope yet.

    Quote Originally Posted by konfeta
    Translation: Actual end-game systems are so far off we need to keep them distracted with progression grind even longer than anticipated. Alas, good bye, innovative end-game concept!
    My thoughts exactly, but I like this change.


    Last edited by Coolhwip; 30-03-2012 at 22:32. Reason: typos

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    Re: Inferno no longer a linear difficulty

    good change. Nothing wrong with it, gonna be hard as hell and fun as hell




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    Re: Inferno no longer a linear difficulty

    Great move. It basically works out to what I was talking about in another thread (where I got *****ed out) because I wanted Inferno to get progressively harder. I wanted teamwork required content, and this is going to be the closest thing to it without getting too "WoWy" -- Great, great move by Blizzard.



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