Blizzard is hoping to address concerns about Diablo III’s endgame with patch 1.0.4, which includes the newly unveiled Paragon system.
Paragon is 100 additional levels to unlock after achieving level 60, with each Paragon advancement bringing core stat boots “similar to what you’d gain from a normal level” and an additional 3% Magic Find and 3% Gold Find.
Your in-game portrait will also glow, apparently.
“We understand that some players feel frustrated once they hit level 60 because they no longer feel like they’re making progress,” said the company in a blog post today. “It can be demoralizing to play for an hour, not get any drops, and also be out a big chunk of gold from repair costs. Your play session may not only end without an upgrade, it can wind up being a net loss. Everyone wants to feel like they’re making some progress when they log in, even if they don’t get that new sword.”
There are also changes happening to the Magic Find system, which are outlined in detail at Blizzard’s site.