There is past a half year now, when D3 come out and we have no blue post about, how far is Blizzard with the expansion and it makes me sad...
Knowing Blizzard, i do not expect expansion sooner then 2014.
At the moment they're focused on Heart of the Swarm, which will release in March of 2013. Once that's released, they will probably focus a lot more on the expansion to Diablo 3. I wouldn't expect a release before Spring 2014.
Well considering PvP was supposed to be in the game at launch and Blizz pushed it back
to 1.1 which is not out yet, I wouldn't expect it to come out before 2014 either.
It's only been 6 months, and they normally do announce these kind of things at Blizzcon, which I expect that they will. So D3 expac will probably be out 2014 as people have mentioned.
However, I do not think that you have to count PVP as a part of this process, because Diablo have and always be a PVE game.
I would be willing to bet that Blizzard is adding a battle ground type system along with the original idea of Arena style PvP Deathmatches. Blizzard knows that it needs to add another layer of meaningful end game for Diablo 3. The original concept of PvP will no longer be enough. Blizzard will surprise us all.
TBH, I hope they design PvP as being completely separate from PvE. After seeing what PvP does to WoW's PvE balance, I don't want that happening in D3 as well. I don't want to see classes getting nerfed left and right because of PvP. They should do what Rift does, and make spells have different effects in PvP, and apply spell nerfs only to PvP areas.
1. It is already less than 6 months before the 1 year anniversary of D3 release. The 6 month anniversary was November 15th. So even if it is shorter than 6 months, it may go beyond the 1 year anniversary.
2. It takes about 6 months for Blizz to release a WoW xpac. Keep in mind, however, that Blizz devotes far more resources and man-hours to WoW than to D3. Even if PvP is less content than a WoW xpac, they've got fewer people working on it.
i hope they wont push an expasion for d3 beacause the core game is more then boring and stale
the ultimate answer's to all rogue issues in MoP:
-Reroll another class, who wants rougue's anyway.
-Diablo 3 Sold 15 Million Copys
-Haste will fix it
-Rogue's are fine
Mark my words, 5-7 years from now people will be raving over D3, calling it an epic masterpiece of an RPG, while saying D4 is shitty and terrible. :P
And having a different set of rules for each game mode is certainly a good way but I have my reservations that it would be enough. Regardless I am pretty sure they will leave it at "deal with it" anyways.
I used d2 battle.net forum all the time to trade items and discuss game mechanics.
I don't remember any threads like that at all.
I would not even imaging a thread like this. There was no reason to create such thread. There were not too many games around, so you had to either like it or not like it, there was nothing to discuss.
There were some complains about low resolution, bugs and (much later) duping, but no one complained that the game was bad.
There were few complains about game mechanics when LoD came out. Some people did not like synergy and charms that took slots. Some people said that expansion is too small.
But overall the reception of both original game and expansion on official and unofficial forums was extremely positive.
Comparing to the current state of official forums where every single d3 thread consists almost entirely of whining and flood, d2 original forums looked extraordinary positive and helpful. Well, at least for the first few years, have no idea what happened to them later.
People loved D2.
If you want to talk about specific issues, I can think of some. People hated the fact that not all classes were truly viable in endgame. The necro suffered the most from that. For a long time, they were undertuned for endgame. But the game was awesome and all agreed.
an expansion will take them most likely, at a minimum, a year and a half from the launch of d3. their collective resources im sure are busy busy with the 2nd sc2 expansion, and the first raid patch for WoW. id bet the first raid patch will be out in early-mid feb. then heart of the swarm in march and then another raid patch in august maybe? then maybe start seeing some hints towards a d3 expansion.
pvp patch for d3 will come after first of the year i predict, maybe before first raid patch of WoW and heart of the swarm. this is just assuming they stick to their guns and keep up with their "faster content" releases