2 weeks ago, Bashiok stated that some Blizzard staff were taking bets around the office on how many months it would be until someone completed Inferno mode. This week he’s stepped back from such claims by stating:
Can I totally go back on what I said before?
Ok, not totally, but I think there’s some distinction to be made for ‘legitimate’ ability to beat Inferno, in that, we expect there could be ways, potentially exploits, potentially clever but cheesy mechanics, that could maybe allow a player to complete Inferno fairly quickly. The bet stands as-is, but I think if it could be revised it would be “X time before it becomes farmable”, meaning someone can legitimately kill the end boss over and over and over without needing to take advantage of an exploit, or loophole, or some other thing we don’t intend to be possible.
Of course we’ll try to address any such issue as quickly as possible, but it’s feasible that the first Inferno clear will be through use of unintended means. Technically still valid per the wording of the bet, but I think most can agree would go against the spirit of it.
One man’s cheesy mechanic is another man’s well thought out strategy. Outside of hacking the client, is it not fair to say that any person that completes the game using the tools provided in Diablo 3 has a legitimate claim to having finished the game? What constitutes a cheesy mechanic? It could arguably be nothing more than a well executed Inferno build specifically made for the end boss which uses the skills of a specific class to their maximum advantage.
It’s often the case that players come up with strategies and ideas that the developers never contemplated but I don’t feel it’s fair to say these players are exploiting a loophole. Playing a game in which the rails are strictly enforced isn’t exactly fun; there’s more than one way to skin a cat.
Another interesting tidbit in the quote above, Bashiok mentions someone “legitimately killing the end boss over and over and over” but given changes to how the best loot drops in Diablo 3, what incentive is there for any player to do this? Bragging rights are only granted from the first kill, not the 10th.
Food for thought.
In other news, patch 18 has gone live but contains only bug fixes. Given the patch notes of late have become smaller and smaller, it’s unlikely we’ll see any massive changes in further updates between now and release date. You can expect some interesting patch notes to go come out after release once millions of players have had their way with the game!
For a full list of documented game and service bugs, please review the Known Issues sticky located in the Beta Bug Report forum.
- Friends lists from other Blizzard games should now appear properly in the Diablo III beta client