Blizzard Removes Scrolls of Reforging and Companion Pets from Diablo 3
More major changes have come to Diablo 3, this time in the form of the nixing of two game systems: Scrolls of Reforging and Companion Pets. While these features may be reincarnated post-launch, they presently weren’t working as intended.
In both cases these are features we felt were underdeveloped and just not quite good enough for the game in their current state. The companion pets felt like they were mandatory to maximize play efficiency and some of the pets were too cutesy for the gritty, dark world of Sanctuary. Neither of those are issues we felt like we could solve without a lot of additional work, and we’re trying to close in on a solid release date for the game, not move further away. When weighing these systems against releasing the game, we decided to cut these scrolls and stay on track for the game’s release.
Blizzard recently made a huge change to some of the game’s core mechanics — attributes, specifically — and any other major overhauls would no doubt significantly delay whatever the company’s target release date is. If companion pets were becoming mandatory, that goes against Blizzard’s core philosophy with Diablo 3: focusing on viable builds, not optimal builds.
Oh, and good riddance to “cutesy.” There’s no place for you in a Diablo game. We have enough rainbows already.
Nethaera went on to say:
We think we can make companion pets into a much cooler system (both mechanically and visually), and evolve the reforging scrolls into a more meaningful system at some point in the future. For the time being, they will not be in the initial release of the game.
Whether that future point will be a content patch or an expansion pack, Blizzard doesn’t let get ideas die.