March 4th, 2017

Diablo 3 players sent on wild goose chase for items that never existed

Diablo 3 players sent on wild goose chase for items that never existed

Diablo 3 has had its problems, it’s common knowledge among players but this screw-up is a classic.

For quite a few weeks now players were supposed to be able to find extremely rare cosmetic items, they were meant to be hard to find. Players were becoming frustrated as nobody could actually find them in-game. Blizzard encouraged players to keep looking saying that they would not be “giving any hints on where or how to acquire this cosmetic item” until they were found. Their locations were supposed to be “mystery”.

Blizzard’s Wyatt Cheng finally joined the discussion to drop this bombshell.

“In Patch 2.4.1, we introduced a number of new cosmetic items to the game including a few extremely rare items such as the Cosmic Wings and Rainbow Portrait. Among the items intended to be extremely rare are Steffon’s Heavy Lance, Mace of the Crows, and the Harvest Pennant (also known as the Fallen Pennant). As 2.4.1 unfolded, we were surprised to learn that nobody appeared to have found these items. Weeks passed, we checked and double-checked the data, and ran some internal tests—these items were intended to be rare and hidden, but had we perhaps hidden them too well?

“Unfortunately, it turns out we made a mistake. Instead of making the items extremely rare, they did not appear at all. The development team is sorry for this huge misstep on our part—we know that our mistake caused many players to spend hours trying to locate items which we now see in hindsight was a wild goose chase.”

Despite testing this as best they could prior to launching the content it appears their testing methods completely failed to detect there was a problem. To recompense players they held the double buff weekend this past weekend but you have to feel sorry for keen item hunter who were trying to find these.

Blizzard recently stated that Diablo 3 was in “good place at this point” following the departure of Josh Mosquiera but some players might disagree based on this cock-up.

Thanks Diabloi.Net.

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  • Paul Younger

    Founder and Editor of PC Invasion. Veteran PC gamer of over 22 years.

    • Brian

      Part of me feels sorry for the poor schmucks who were trying to hunt down these non-existent items but part of me

      • Tom Wallace

        I sort of want you to finish this comment, but also I

        • Brent Dabbs

          Yes, I’d like to see the

          • Dave

            Hi guys I ant to join in also! How does this game work ? Am I doing it ? Yea I think I am you know this one timeat bans camp I stuck a flute up my

            • dreamer1986

              Hey, don’t do

              • Alex de Ville

                Oh i see whats going

              • Virgil The Virgin

                Why aren’t you guys finishing your sentences?! Omg, are you guys being

            • Asteria

              That’s an entirely different type of band than what we had at school.

      • Jack Pott

        It all depends on whether or not you’ve personally been

      • Col

        This puts me in mind of the time when

        • Elenora Tazia


      • Asteria

        I bet Blizzard don’t even give a

    • bladerunner6978

      It’s called Marketing Crapware.

    • Goran

      D4 is the only way out of d3 mess.