Diablo III to add Paragon system for level 60 players

Blizzard released Diablo III in mid-May and since then the hardcore players have already maxed out their characters to the action-RPG's upper limit of 60. So what can keep these players from ditching Diablo III for some other game, such as perhaps Torchlight 2?

Today, in a post on the game's official website, Blizzard announced that the next free update for Diablo III, version 1.0.4, will introduce what they are calling the Paragon system. Simply put, players at level 60 can now buff up their characters even more.

Blizzard said that the Paragon system will have 100 extra levels for players to achieve. Getting to the first Paragon level will take about as long as it took most players to go up from level 59 to 60 and after that it will take a little bit longer to go up to each new Paragon level. Blizzard said that characters will receive "core stats such as Strength, Dexterity, Intelligence, and Vitality in amounts similar to what you’d gain from a normal level."

Blizzard will also increase the Magic Find and Gold Find for Diablo III characters by three percent each for each new Paragon level, with a cap of 300 percent. Blizzard said, "The idea is that if you’re currently swapping gear in and out for the Magic Find bonuses, you can continue to do so… but gain enough Paragon levels, and you won’t need to anymore."

There's no word yet on when the 1.0.4 patch will be released.

Source: Diablo III website | Image via Blizzard

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Just doesn't have replayability and this is coming from someone who got 1000 achievement points in Modern Warfare (yes, Mile High too - Only took 400+ attempts... I'm proud of that one!)

laserfloyd said,
Just doesn't have replayability and this is coming from someone who got 1000 achievement points in Modern Warfare (yes, Mile High too - Only took 400+ attempts... I'm proud of that one!)

I'm meaning that Modern Warfare (the first one) has a lot of re-playability. The sequels, not so much.

I lost count of how much time I spent on Diablo II. I bought this and have put about 5 hours into it and got bored. It just doesn't have the same feeling

Game needs more content, not more reason to grind on the same old **** (which people have long since been sick of) over and over again.

haha come on blizz you can do better than that...this is just something shinny to give people the illusion of progress as they grind away again and again hunting for loot.

Well, I'm looking forward to it. Diablo 3 may not have been the Messiah some of you were for some reason expecting. But it was still a pretty awesome game.

I bet many of you hating on D3 probably dropped more hours into it than you do most games that cost $60. You're seriously bent because you only got 60 hours of gameplay? Seriously?

I think its great that Blizzard is bringing stuff to the game. They already got your $60 so it isn't like they HAVE to keep you playing the game.

So what can keep these players from ditching Diablo III for some other game, such as perhaps Torchlight 2?

Is there even a release date announced yet? As far as I can tell TL2 has been vaporware. Summer is almost up, will we even see it? Will it be more than a single-button-spam-fest that the first one was?

Shadrack said,
Will it be more than a single-button-spam-fest that the first one was?

It has been well reviewed by beta testers so if you really want to know go watch a review. I'd rather they take their time and release a quality game rather than rushing out a mess like Diablo III.

CatweazƖe said,

It has been well reviewed by beta testers so if you really want to know go watch a review. I'd rather they take their time and release a quality game rather than rushing out a mess like Diablo III.

Or worse still, have their servers down so you can't even play it single player...

Shadrack said,
Well, I'm looking forward to it. Diablo 3 may not have been the Messiah some of you were for some reason expecting. But it was still a pretty awesome game.

I bet many of you hating on D3 probably dropped more hours into it than you do most games that cost $60. You're seriously bent because you only got 60 hours of gameplay? Seriously?

I think its great that Blizzard is bringing stuff to the game. They already got your $60 so it isn't like they HAVE to keep you playing the game.

Is there even a release date announced yet? As far as I can tell TL2 has been vaporware. Summer is almost up, will we even see it? Will it be more than a single-button-spam-fest that the first one was?

I'm really looking forward to the update as well. I must admit, I have become quite bored with the game recently so I'm hoping this update, v1.0.4, will actually improves things - which based on the information Blizzard has released on it so far, it looks very promising. If however it doesn't, my D3 days are certainly limited - and well over 500 hours of my life gone.

Im with you.

Shadrack said,
Well, I'm looking forward to it. Diablo 3 may not have been the Messiah some of you were for some reason expecting. But it was still a pretty awesome game.

I bet many of you hating on D3 probably dropped more hours into it than you do most games that cost $60. You're seriously bent because you only got 60 hours of gameplay? Seriously?

I think its great that Blizzard is bringing stuff to the game. They already got your $60 so it isn't like they HAVE to keep you playing the game.

Is there even a release date announced yet? As far as I can tell TL2 has been vaporware. Summer is almost up, will we even see it? Will it be more than a single-button-spam-fest that the first one was?

Sounds like they're getting desperate, which is not surprising. People are quitting that pathetic excuse for a game in droves. I don't see how adding a bunch of pointless "paragon" levels is going to help anything.

When Torchlight 2, Guild Wars 2 and Mists of Pandaria are released Diablo III is as good as dead.

spy beef said,
Peope still play this game?

Nope, everyone who did had their accounts stolen when blizzard got hacked /s

superconductive said,

I know right. Put that game behind me a long time ago. Got boring and repetitive really fast.

Beat hell mode. Played inferno for 30 minutes and /quit lol
I solo play and just found zero enjoyment in the insanity that is Inferno. It was awesome for a few weeks then just got boring as "hell", heh. I think Blizz blew too much at once with this.