Core development team size: 75 people
Patches released in 2013: 5
News Updates for community from website in 2013: 248
Original News updates specifically related to the game: 88
Choosable avatars on forums: no
Custom Avatars: only for CMs
Path of Exile:
Core development team size: 35 people
Patches released in 2013: 87
News Updates for community from website in 2013: 222
Original News updates specifically related to the game: 222
Choosable avatars on forums: yes
Custom Avatars: yes, if you pay for it
The compiled information is from my own research and asking around for verifiable links, so all of these totals are my own work (therefore, if you use this list somewhere else, please cite me if you don't mind)...
What I want to accomplish with this post here is not to have a "developer vs. developer skill" bashing contest... It is merely to get this information out there in order to encourage people to hold game developers accountable for their time and money. How much is spent actually working, and how much of our money is spent on "new gym facilities?"
There are a lot of people out there that got upset by the banks playing around with people's money like it didn't matter, but we don't seem to have the same problem with big-name game developers.
Don't get me wrong, I'm all for game developers doing whatever they feel necessary to "take breaks" from writing code for hours at a time. However, they also need to be reminded that there are certain responsibilities that a game developer has to his audience--that is, if the game developer expects to make money off of them.
Diablo 3's development team number source:
Diablo 3's 2013 patch numbers:
Diablo 3's news updates for 2013 source:
Me (I counted every single one from Diablo 3's "official news releases" on the main page except for ones having to do with their other games--like World of Warcraft. My mindset was to only count updates that had anything to do with Diablo 3, Battle.Net, or actual news on upcoming patches related to the game--my numbers may be very slightly off here--margin of error of 5-10 posts--but the point will remain the same regardless)
Source on Avatars:
Self-evident (I'm assuming you all have eyes)
Source on Path of Exile dev team size, patches, and news updates (from PoE's Lead Developer):
Source on PoE's forum avatars:
Also self evident
I suppose it's also important to mention that Path of Exile's development team started out with about 16 or 17 people, whereas Diablo 3's development team started out with....well....Just sit through the 10-minute credit sequence.
So, all that said...
Do you believe Diablo 3's development team needs to step up efforts in keeping the community happy via several smaller updates/reasons to put out news releases throughout this year, or are you perfectly content with the amount of updates Diablo 3 had in its second year of existence?