Diablo 3 1.08 Title Update Brings Changes To Itemization
Almost a year after its release, Blizzard continues to improve Diablo 3 with new features and changes to the game’s co-op mode. In a post on the game’s official website, designer Travis Day disclosed their plans for Diablo 3′s upcoming 1.08 title update.
In the post, Day says that the developers realize that rare drops such as Legendary items remain underwhelming despite recent buffs to their properties. The team intends to improve these items so that they can pull from a much larger selection of stats and provide players with more build diversity.
“By design, Legendary items are going to drop far less often than Rare items, and we want that rarity to be reflected in their power,” said Day. “When a Legendary drops, the question that goes through a player’s mind should never be “is this a good item?” It should be “how awesome is it?” It’s a problem if players don’t want to bother identifying their Legendaries, let alone pick them up. We want to change this.
“In the future, we plan to allow Legendary items to also roll their base stats at the level of the monster that dropped them. This gives us the opportunity to broaden the range of Legendary items, providing players with more diversity. Everything we’re suggesting for Legendaries also applies to Sets, too, by the way.”
Additionally, the team will be making changes to the frequency to which rare items drop while simultaneously improving their stats.
“This doesn’t mean we want players to earn even fewer good items,” he wrote. “It just means we don’t feel it’s necessary to present the player with hundreds of bad Rares for every one that they might want. In the end, you’d find fewer items, but more of the items you find would be worth equipping. That’s our goal.”