Diablo III patch aims to improve co-op play

“The point is that multiplayer can be lot of fun, but given the downsides it can

often feel not worth the effort,” concludes Cheng, before asking players to provide

feedback on what else Blizzard could do to make the co-op portion of Diablo III more

appealing.

Diablo III patch 1.0.8 will improve the experience of playing cooperatively, Blizzard

has said.
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Senior technical game designer Wyatt Cheng said that the RPG isn’t currently as good

in multiplayer as the developer would like. “From day one, it’s been our goal to

make Diablo III a great co-op experience,” said Cheng, “but right now it’s not living

up to its full potential. Even if you enjoy playing with your friends, it can often

feel easier and more efficient to play solo.”

In the upcoming patch, which is currently available on the game’s public test realm,

Blizzard intends to make co-operative play more appealing by adding matchmaking tags,

additional bonuses to playing multiplayer, a decrease in the amount of health

monsters get when more players join a game, a new Identify All command, combat

alerts, and private chat.

Senior technical game designer Wyatt Cheng said that the RPG isn’t currently as good

in multiplayer as the developer would like. “From day one, it’s been our goal to

make Diablo III a great co-op experience,” said Cheng, “but right now it’s not living

up to its full potential. Even if you enjoy playing with your friends, it can often

feel easier and more efficient to play solo.”

While Cheng describes the co-op experience as “awesome” and beneficial to players in

some areas, he adds that it comes with disadvantages “like having to coordinate where

you’re walking and what you’re attacking, losing your followers, and trying to find

groups that have similar goals to yours without a defined matchmaking system in

place.”

“The point is that multiplayer can be lot of fun, but given the downsides it can

often feel not worth the effort,” concludes Cheng, before asking players to provide

feedback on what else Blizzard could do to make the co-op portion of Diablo III more

appealing. 

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