Blizzard knows that there's an endgame issue. Once you hit level 60 and finished the game in Inferno difficulty, the only thing left to do is get better gear to kill monsters faster. That's not enough incentive anymore, especially with the horrible drop rates. To fix this, Blizzard is introducing the Paragon System, a level system that kicks in when you hit level 60. Let the D2 grinding begin!
When you hit level 60, all experience you gained goes to your Paragon level. There are a total of 100 Paragon levels and as you level, your base stats increases just like a normal level up. You also gain 3% Magic Find and 3% Gold Find per Paragon level. Adding Magic Find and Gold Find to each Paragon level is their way of addressing the magic find issue. Swapping magic find gear before an elite dies is a very tedious strategy and not so fun to begin with. Magic Find and Gold Find will cap at 300%. Meaning, if you hit Paragon Level 100, there will be no need of wearing Magic Find gear.
To support the new system, Nephalem Valor stacks will now also provide 15% experience gained per stack. Also, After 10 levels of Paragon, your character's portrait changes to show other players at what Paragon level your character is in.
It seems like they are trying to provide the same long-term grind just like in Diablo 2, which is a good thing for those hardcore Diablo players. How long it will take to reach level 100 is still unknown but it definitely won't be easy.
Not only that, each class will be going through a lot of changes. Blizzard has made a preview post for each class explaining the changes coming to 1.0.4. Blizzard is hoping that the changes made will open more builds option for each class, because at the current state some skills and runes are not even close to being viable in end game.
Here are the links to each class preview:
This 1.0.4 is a great start to get players interested again. It took awhile but it looks like Blizzard is on the right track with Diablo 3. Diablo 3 is a great game overall but finding better gear after beating inferno difficulty is not enough to keep playing. I stopped playing a month ago, but I'll definitely check out the game when the patch goes live.
[Source: Official Blizzard Blog]