Blizzard recently promised that Diablo III would provide its max-level players with something to do besides the item hunt, and they've come through in a big way. Patch 1.0.4., which will release very soon (maintenance is scheduled for today) will deploy one hundred extra character levels to pursue - entitled the Paragon system.
As detailed on the Battle.net blog, each Paragon level will provide a 3% boost to Magic Find and Gold Find statistics, while also increasing your core stats. Experience funnels directly into your Paragon level once you reach level 60, which will be publicly displayed to other players via your character portrait frame.
"The first Paragon level should take about as long as it took most players to get from level 59 to 60," explains game director Jay Wilson, "and the experience requirement will rise from there. The time to reach the upper Paragon levels approximates the long-term time investment required to get a level 99 character in Diablo 2."
"With the Paragon system in place, we're capping Magic Find and Gold Find to 300 per cent (before Nephalem Valor). This means that without any Magic Find gear at all, you'll hit the cap when you reach Paragon level 100. This way, you can continue wearing your current Magic Find gear as you slowly but surely work to gain Paragon levels... The idea is that if you're currently swapping gear in and out for the Magic Find bonuses, you can continue to do so… but gain enough Paragon levels, and you won't need to anymore."
This will be great news for many Diablo III players, many of whom became disillusioned after completing the game or reaching level 60.