Blizzard have begun to tease the general shape of changes they’re planning to make in the upcoming 1.0.5 patch for Diablo III. Primary among the changes is the “nerf that is not a nerf” teased yesterday, explained by Blizzard as “changes to defensive skills across the board while simultaneously reducing incoming damage.”
“The net result is a survivability buff for players, and an increase in build options as defensive abilities become less mandatory”.
As well as this, 1.0.5 will include a device called ‘The Infernal Machine’, which will allow level 60 players to summon uber versions of “some of Sanctuary’s most nefarious bosses” — and then try and murder them. The device will need to be assembled first, however.
Finally, 1.0.5 will add a new ‘Monster Power’ command similar to the ‘Players 8′ command that gives finer control over how challenging enemies will be. More details are expected to arrive on the Battle.net blog next week. Patch 1.0.5 is also widely expected to nerf the Trail of Cinders bug.