apparently im one of the few that feels this way so i hope the rest of you realize how annoying it is when this game gets released.
:-( But... I liked watching a hyper-zoomie-piggy pick up piles of gold.
[Edit] Also, wouldn't imposing some sort of taxation rate for using the companions (e.g. the companions only return 90% of the gold they pick up to you) balance out the pressure to view the companions as "mandatory?" If that were the case players who did not use them might be able to accumulate more gold per area, but they would need to take the time to pick up the piles themselves.
Though I would miss the bunny and piggy, I could see how ditching the cutesy animals and only keeping the darker and grittier animals (snakes, beetles, bats, rats, etc.) for companions would fit into Sanctuary better.
01/26/2012 12:49 PMPosted by Kangaxxyou cant be serious! companion scrolls were the best thing in the world, no more having to run over the gold to pick it up theyll grab it all for you, wtf how could you take that away? that was one of the best features of the game! and then the cube, and the cauldron! are you guys just trying to literally GUT every frikken good feature you brought to the game to make it cool and exciting?!?! this is very bad news, very bad news indeed. better bring them back at some point or imma be very upset.
When weighing these systems against releasing the game, we decided to cut these scrolls and stay on track for the game’s release.
A few more changes have made their way in to Diablo III beta patch 10, including the removal of Scrolls of Companion and Scrolls of Reforging, and we’ll be updating the patch notes to reflect that.
In both cases these are features we felt were underdeveloped and just not quite good enough for the game in their current state. The companion pets felt like they were mandatory to maximize play efficiency and some of the pets were too cutesy for the gritty, dark world of Sanctuary. Neither of those are issues we felt like we could solve without a lot of additional work, and we’re trying to close in on a solid release date for the game, not move further away. When weighing these systems against releasing the game, we decided to cut these scrolls and stay on track for the game’s release.
We think we can make companion pets into a much cooler system (both mechanically and visually), and evolve the reforging scrolls into a more meaningful system at some point in the future. For the time being, they will not be in the initial release of the game.
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