Friday, September 14, 2012

Diablo 3 Server Maintenance Scheduled For September 18

Diablo 3 servers are scheduled for maintenance downtime on Tuesday, September 18th. Quoting from the forums:
We will be performing scheduled maintenance on Tuesday, September 18th. Maintenance will begin at 3:00 AM PDT and is expected to last for 8 hours. During this time, all servers and many web services will be unavailable. Thank you for your patience.
Source: Forum

Diablo 3 Dev Journal: Patch 1.0.5 Defensive Skills Buff

A new developer's journal post has been added to the blog. The blog post explains why and how players defensive skills will be changed and what developers are doing to offset those changes to result in a defensive buff for Diablo 3's patch 1.0.5.

The basic layman's idea of what will occur is as follows:
  1. Reduce the effectiveness of select defensive skills.
  2. Reduce monster damage by more than the mitigation lost by these skills.
  3. Putting both changes together, players actually take less damage than before
The post is an interesting read. For those interested in learning all the gory details you can read the full post here.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Diablo 3 Patch 1.0.5 New Features

A new post on the blog offers a glimpse of what is to come in Diablo 3's patch 1.0.5. Some really cool and new features of patch 1.0.5 will include defensive skill enhancements, a new infernal machine event, and a new monster power system. The details of the post are as follows:
We’ll have articles in the coming days providing all the details on the upcoming patch, but we wanted to give you a sneak peek at what major features to expect.

Defensive Skill Changes
In our eternal quest to promote build diversity; we’ll be making changes to defensive skills across the board while simultaneously reducing incoming damage. The net result is a survivability buff for players, and an increase in build options as defensive abilities become less “mandatory.”

New Event: Infernal Machine
The Infernal Machine is a device that will allow level-60 players to battle “uber” versions of some of Sanctuary’s most nefarious bosses. While the rewards for defeating these bosses will be great, some assembly is required.

New System: Monster Power
Similar to the “Players 8” command in Diablo II, the Monster Power system is designed to give players more control over how challenging enemies are in each difficulty.

This and more is coming in Patch 1.0.5! Stay tuned for all the gory details.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Diablo 3 Server Maintenance Scheduled For September 13

Diablo 3 servers are scheduled for maintenance downtime on Thursday, September 13th. Maintenance will begin at 5:00 AM PDT until approximately 7AM.