Diablo 3 vs. Diablo 2 — What’s New?


PVP Arenas

Controversially, this feature has been delayed, but when it is introduced, players can look forward to specialized PVP environments with special gameplay features. For instance, PVP rounds feature special health globes that spawn in specific locations in each level and provide healing to all nearby members of a player’s team.

In general, Blizzard will build on its experience with Starcraft II and World of Warcraft to provide an immaculately tailored PVP experience. Ranked matchmaking will keep combat fair, using character levels and a hidden “skill ranking” to compensate for gear discrepancies. In contrast to WoW, Diablo 3 PVP will be mostly for bragging rights, providing nothing in the way of gear or other tangible rewards.

Early screenshots suggest that 2v2 and 3v3 battles will be available; different team sizes might be announced at a later date. Players will be able to enter the arenas in a group, or enter alone and be placed in a group at random. According to the latest information, even Hardcore mode players will be able to get in on the fun — their PVP deaths won’t be permanent.

“Inferno” Difficulty

In addition to Diablo’s traditional difficulty levels, Normal, Nightmare, and Hell, Diablo 3 will feature a new setting, “Inferno,” which will only be open to level 60 players. Inferno will provide the best loot, but also the toughest challenge — Blizzard designed it to be twice as hard as their internal testers suggested, correctly predicting the power of dedicated players. In addition to beefed-up resistances and special abilities, enemies in Inferno will even exceed the level cap.

Auction House

Out of all the new features, Blizzard’s revolutionary Auction House system has garnered the most headlines. For the first time, players will be able to buy and sell items for real cash, as well as in-game gold. Regardless of your chosen currency, the company wants it cut — Blizzard will take 15% of the final sale price in either case.

For every cash auction, players will decide what they want to happen with the proceeds. One option is the Battle.net account, which stores up to $250 to be spent on Blizzard products. Alternatively, players will be able to cash out using PayPal or other similar services, which will require around 24 hours of processing before the money appears.

Extensive experience with World of Warcraft should result in a polished, streamlined auction house UI, with plenty of options for searching and organizing. The 15% fee is downright avaricious, but then again, if you’re providing Diablo 3 to the frenzied hordes who have been awaiting it for years, you can get away with pretty much anything.

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