I wanted to make a thread to share hopes/expectations for endgame in the upcoming expansion.
So far virtually no end game content has been spoiled. And what has been spoiled IMO is clearly aimed towards new players (transmog, necro). Medierra basically confirmed this back in a thread in Feb:
This to me is awesome, as I personally know two people who will finally play this game with me due to the necro (They are d2 fanboys).
That being said do you think Crate will add any endgame to the xpac?
I think it is safe to assume there will be new nemesis baddies/skele key dungeons. And maybe even some updates to crucible to include those new baddies.
Judging from medierra’s post it seems unlikely to me that there will be new types of endgame content, due to the way GD makes money. This to me is not only disappointing, I think it is a mistake. I think if periodical “content packs”, similar to the port/hidden path were put behind a paywall, I would happily pay! Just like the crucible.
There has been so much groundwork laid in terms of character progression, there is a demand for good end-game! And I believe those who love this game would happily pay to see this game in active development beyond two expansions. Split the expansions up into smaller/more frequent updates, charge something reasonable (the crucibles price was very reasonable, IMO). People will happily pay. This would also serve as a substantial selling point for new players. More so than say, transmogrification.
This is one of my favorite games ever, the feel, flavor and the character development are world class. However the game feels lopsided, its like having all these gourmet ingredients and nothing really to cook with them. Sure, gathering the ingredients is a journey in itself and an absolute blast, but give us something to cook!
Further, Lore wise the world that has been created is amazing, it deserves to be fleshed out. There are so many places to go.
I understand that from a business perspective not adding new endgame makes sense, but from a game perspective it is what the game is building up to and sorely needs. And perhaps if more endgame is there, more players will go for it. There are more ways to interpret the 3.2% ultimate statistic. And it seems to me the endgame model I’m suggesting is clever compromise between business/game. Perhaps The Crucible was not as profitable as I think, although it is not quite an addition to the world of Cairn.
TLDR; What are your hopes/expectations for end game in the xpac? Although I’m hoping for new types of endgame content, I expect that not much focus has been given to the endgame. However I think there is definitely a demand for it, and I would happily pay for it. Would you?