Diablo III Developer Journal: Multiplayer Improvements

In a new developer journal on the Diablo III website, Blizzard Entertainment's Wyatt Cheng brings us up to speed on some of the multiplayer improvements they have in store for us in the action RPG's v1.0.8 patch.  I can't say that any of this will get me to fire up the game again, but it might be enough for some people:
Archon Kills
For the Wizards out there, many of you don't play multiplayer because you need those kills to fuel your Archon. In 1.0.8, your Archon duration will also be extended by assists, so as long as you're around when a monster dies, your Archon duration will be extended. (We have it on our radar to review other mechanics such as Life on Kill bonuses, but that's not something we'll be addressing this patch.)

Combat Alerts
When you're playing co-op, one common practice is to say "e" in chat when you come across an Elite pack. So we thought why doesn't the game just do this for you?

Starting in 1.0.8, when a player deals damage to or takes damage from an Elite pack or Treasure Goblin for the first time, a notification will be sent out to the entire party to let your teammates know what you've found. This will be accompanied by a "combat" icon on the mini-map so other players in your group can locate those enemies. On top of that, we're also going to put a combat icon over your banner in town. This way, players who are in town will know that you're fighting an Elite pack or Treasure Goblin and be able to quickly determine whose banner to take to get right into the action.

Players Near You
Similar to the feature in StarCraft II, the "Players Near You" window will display all players who are logged into Diablo III from your local network. This feature is great if you're playing while at a university dorm or frequent Internet cafes, and will help you easily connect with other local players.
Remnant: From the Ashes - Subject 2923 DLC Gameplay
Remnant: From the Ashes - Subject 2923 DLC Gameplay

Gunfire Games will be launching Subject 2923, the final story DLC for


Gamedec Update #39 - Backer Build and Special Deal
Gamedec Update #39 - Backer Build and Special Deal

Anshar Studios will be launching the backer beta for their cyberpunk detective


Path of Exile - 3.12 Expansion Timeline and Developer Interview
Path of Exile - 3.12 Expansion Timeline and Developer Interview

If you’d like to know when the next challenge league expansion for


Torchlight III State of the Game - Relic Subclass Update Preview
Torchlight III State of the Game - Relic Subclass Update Preview

Echtra Games’ action-RPG Torchlight III is going through early access on Steam


Fallout 76 Update - Fortifying ATLAS and QuakeCon Details
Fallout 76 Update - Fortifying ATLAS and QuakeCon Details

Fortifying ATLAS is the new community event coming to Bethesda’s multiplayer survival


Anthem Development Update - Loot & Equipment Goals
Anthem Development Update - Loot & Equipment Goals

BioWare keeps tinkering with their co-operative shooter with RPG elements Anthem behind


Necromunda: Underhive Wars - Environments Preview
Necromunda: Underhive Wars - Environments Preview

The latest developer blog for Rogue Factor’s Necromunda: Underhive Wars focuses entirely


SKALD: Against the Black Priory Project Update - Beta 1.1.0
SKALD: Against the Black Priory Project Update - Beta 1.1.0

With Scape-IT’s old-school RPG SKALD: Against the Black Priory set to launch


Starpoint Gemini 3 - Summer News and Price Change
Starpoint Gemini 3 - Summer News and Price Change

Little Green Men Games is currently working on a big early access


Battle Brothers Blazing Deserts Developer Preview, Part 2
Battle Brothers Blazing Deserts Developer Preview, Part 2

Following last week’s developer preview that showcased some of the new features


Cyberpunk 2077 - Fake Beta Scam Warning
Cyberpunk 2077 - Fake Beta Scam Warning

I think it should go without saying that you should never expect


The Elder Scrolls: Blades Update 1.8 Live
The Elder Scrolls: Blades Update 1.8 Live

Last week, we had a chance to check out this official preview


Fable Interview
Fable Interview

A new entry in the Fable series was finally announced during Microsoft’s


Dauntless - Clear Skies Content Update Available
Dauntless - Clear Skies Content Update Available

Phoenix Labs brings us a new content update for their free to


Wasteland 3 Soundtrack Sample
Wasteland 3 Soundtrack Sample

InXile Entertainment will be launching their post-apocalyptic RPG Wasteland 3 in less