Blizzard want you to feel like you're progressing each time.
By Tim Colwill on August 21, 2012 at 12:16 pm
Diablo III‘s servers are coming down tonight, and when they come back up they’ll have the 1.0.4 patch ready to go – which will include the new ‘Paragon’ system announced today.
Paragon levels are a new tier of levels that kick in once you’re past level 60, and there’s exactly 100 of them – each of which will give you increased core stats as well as a 3% Gold Find and Magic Item Find buff (up to a maximum of 300%, naturally).
Why? “It can be demoralizing to play for an hour, not get any drops, and also be out a big chunk of gold from repair costs. Your play session may not only end without an upgrade, it can wind up being a net loss,” writes Jay Wilson. “We know that a lot of you out there are level 60 — maybe on multiple characters — and this system provides a way to make progress every time you log in to the game.”
Full patch notes for tonight can be found here.