Diablo 3 Inferno Difficulty Updated

A blue post on the Diablo 3 forums by Bashiok has revealed that Blizzard has changed the difficulty in the Diablo 3 Inferno mode from a flat level from the beginning to something that gets progressively harder as you progress through the game.

Reasons behind the change were explained as:

  • It just felt wrong. It didn’t feel right to be progressing through the game and have it stay pretty much the same difficulty the whole time. It felt like a letdown to get to the final boss of the game and it be no more difficult than the first.
  • There’s a wide variety of players out there and we wanted to make sure everybody had something to sink their teeth into. We expect that anybody with enough time and dedication will reach level 60.  But the jump in difficulty to Inferno needed to be different amounts for different people.  For the crazy people they need a HUGE ramp in difficulty, for a more “casual but still hardcore” audience you want an obvious but milder increase in difficulty.  So for the crazy people who play non-stop they’ll hit Act I and get a challenge, but 1 month later they’ll still have something to work on (Acts II, III and IV).  For the “hardcore-casual” they will reach level 60 later and not get brick walled when they reach Inferno.  They can experience some “small victories” working on Act I with the dream of maybe someday reaching the later acts.
  • Longevity.  We know people really want goals to work towards and challenges to overcome.  We made Act III and Act IV really, really brutally hard, for the most elite players only.  It felt wrong to make ALL of Inferno that brutally hard.

I think this is a good thing, another example of Blizzard trying to accommodate all gamers, not just the hardcore. A lesson I’m sure they took from World of Warcraft dungeon design.

Diablo 3 releases May 15.

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