Blizzard unveils Diablo III update plans

Blizzard has unveiled its plans for future updates to its popular, if somewhat bugged, hack-and-slash role-playing game, Diablo III, highlighting that service availability and reliability will be the initial primary focus.

Blizzard has unveiled its plans for future updates to its popular, if somewhat bugged, hack-and-slash role-playing game, Diablo III, highlighting that service availability and reliability will be the initial primary focus.

 
The next patch, 1.0.2, will launch next week and will primarily address service issues, hopefully fixing the problems that have been preventing some players from getting into the game. Patch 1.0.3 will be the one players are most interested in, however, as that will include the first real game balance changes.
 
Some of the changes on the horizon for 1.0.3 include alterations to the Inferno difficulty mode, which the developers think involves too much spike damage, blacksmith changes that will reduce the training costs and gem combination costs from three to two, and item levels shown on level 60+ items, to make it clearer where each item stands in comparison to others.
 
 Blizzard unveils Diablo III update plans
 
The delayed player-versus-player (PvP) feature will also be released in the near future in the eagerly-awaited PvP patch (version 1.1). This update will extend beyond just player-killing, however, and will include changes like buffs to legendary items, although they will not be retroactive.
 
Blizzard also posted some interesting figures about average gameplay trends, including the fact that players create three characters each, 80 percent of them are between levels 1 and 30, 54 percent of Hardcore players choose a female character, 35 percent of Hardcore deaths occur in Act I Normal, only 1.9 percent of characters have unlocked Inferno difficulty, and the most common level 60 build is only used by 0.7 percent of maxed characters, showing the diversity of class builds available.