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Diablo 3 co-op improvements coming in next patch

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Blizzard is focusing its efforts on improving co-op play throughout Diablo 3 in its upcoming Patch 1.08, according to a post on the Battle.net forums by senior technical game designer Wyatt Cheng.

Cheng reveals the company will be working to create more efficient co-op farming in the upcoming patch. Details regarding how this will exactly work are still slim; however, Cheng states the team did not want to "make multiplayer feel 'mandatory' for thos who prefer to play solo."

"We are looking to improve co-op farming efficiency in 1.0.8," he wrote. "Co-op play in general is a big focus of the 1.0.8 patch and efficiency is definitely one component of that. Co-op is already more efficient for some players, but this is the exception rather than the norm. The degree of co-op efficiency depends heavily on the co-ordination of the party, skill builds, and the relative gear level of the teammates. Since launch we've made some modest changes to encourage co-op play but there's still room to go farther. At the same time, we don't want to go so far as to make multiplayer feel "mandatory" for those who prefer to play solo, but we still want to err on the side of being co-op favorable."

Cheng also points to issues affecting Diablo 3's current co-op gameplay, revealing a new feature that will make its way into the patch.

"There's also a number of hurdles to co-op play beyond raw efficiency, so we'll be looking to alleviate/solve some of those hurdles too. The Identify All feature in 1.0.8 is an example of this. Sometimes the trip back to town to sort through a bag of gear is enough of a hurdle to make somebody feel playing co-op isn't worth it. Nobody wants to be in the dungeon fighting monsters while your teammate is off in town identifying a full inventory."

No release date has yet been announced for the upcoming Patch 1.08.