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Blizzard looking at alternatives to Diablo 3's end game 'item hunt'

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Back in May, Blizzard assured fans that no major content patches with "new dungeons, bosses, or enemies" would be added to Diablo 3, emphasized that it is not the same type of game as World of Warcraft. Outside of plans to patch in PvP and the occasional game balance adjustments and system improvements, everything was already included with Diablo 3 at launch - after all, that was the purpose of the randomized dungeons and items, to provide an endless amount of content.

As it turns out, that may not be enough and even Blizzard is looking at an alternative to the "item hunt". In an open letter to the Diablo 3 community, chief executive Mike Morhaime confirmed Blizzard is working on max-level content for Diablo 3.

"We’re also working on a gameplay system that will provide players who have max-level, high-powered characters new goals to strive for as an alternative to the “item hunt.”" Morhaime told fans. "We’re not ready to get into specifics just yet, but I can say that we’re actively taking your feedback into account as we plan out the future of the game."

In the meantime, Blizzard is working hard to improve Diablo 3's game balance and other design aspects to make it "the best game it can be". While PvP isn't expected to arrive until patch 1.1, Morhaime added that you can already see some of their work in patch 1.0.3, and promised fans will see "additional improvements" with 1.0.4.

"On the game balance front, this update will contain changes designed to further deliver on the team’s goal of promoting “build diversity,” with buffs to many rarely used, underpowered class abilities," he explained.

"Another topic we’ve seen actively discussed is the fact that better, more distinct Legendary items are needed. We agree. Patch 1.0.4 will also include new and improved Legendary items that are more interesting, more powerful, and more epic in ways you probably won’t be expecting."

Blizzard is also working on a number of interface updates, including social improvements that make it easier to join games, track friends' achievements, and communicate with friends, as well as changes to the auction house.

"As always, we appreciate your candor and passion. Your constructive feedback and thoughts are valuable -- they will continue to help us be a better company," Morhaime concluded.

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