Upcoming patch 1.0.8 for the action RPG title Diablo 3 will be bringing various multiplayer changes according to a recent developer journal on the official website
. With a quite lengthy approach to better improving the co-op experiences that players deal with, Blizzard are hoping that the next patch will "make it easier and more rewarding for people to play with each other."
Detailing the new patch, developer Wyatt Cheng revealed that the new patch will be adding various tools for players to help improve the co-op experience, including matchmaking tags, multiplayer bonuses, changes to monster health bonuses in co-op and more. Also of interest is a new "Players Near You" window, which will display all players who are logged into Diablo III from your local network, an interesting mechanic considering Diablo 3 doesn't actually offer proper LAN support but instead a constant-online connection.
Changes to the notification of combat alerts will also be making an addition in the new patch, which will alert nearby players when someone is attacking an Elite pack or Treasure Goblin for the first time. An icon will also be placed on the mini-map to ensure players know exactly where the monsters are located.
For those still eagerly playing Diablo 3 and those who may have been waiting for changes like this to interest them again, swing by the official blog page
for the full run-down of what is to come in patch 1.0.8.