Earlier this week Blizzard officially confirmed that an expansion for Diablo 3 is in the works. The announcement was made during an earnings call by Mike Morhaime, the CEO of Blizzard, who also noted that there is not yet a timeline for the release of the expansion.
There was quite a fuss over Diablo 3 earlier this year. From a very shaky release to unexplained waiting periods and even verbal sparring between current and former employees, it looked like the negative press for Diablo 3 would never end, although once the exploits were finally fixed and the vocal naysayers calmed down, everyone eventually moved on.
The controversy may have ended, but that didn’t change one of the game’s most fundamental flaws. The most repeated complaint about Diablo 3 was about its lack of an end-game. Many players found the idea of multiple playthroughs unappealing, and once their characters were maxed out, there was no incentive to jump back into the world of Diablo.
Considering the fact that every recent Blizzard title has had at least one expansion, this news should not come as much of a surprise to any fans of the developer. An expansion for the first Diablo called Hellfire was developer by a separate studio, but failed to make much of an impact. Blizzard went back to the drawing board for the Diablo 2 expansion Lord of Destruction, adding a ton of new content and significantly changing the gameplay while simultaneously adding a large chunk to the story.
If Lord of Destruction is any indication of Blizzard’s ability to fix their mistakes while expanding every aspect of a game, Diablo 3 fans should be very excited for the upcoming expansion. It is worth keeping in mind that Lord of Destruction was released almost exactly a year after Diablo 2, so with Blizzard’s current production pace, it will likely be an even longer wait this time around.
In case you were thinking any of these issues might have slowed sales of the game, Activision Blizzard also announced that Diablo 3 has now sold over 10 million copies since its release in May. In other words, no, sales have not suffered.
So Ranters, how do you feel about a Diablo 3 expansion? Other than adding end-game content for high leveled characters, what else would you like to see in the expansion? Let us know in the comments below.
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