The Diablo III beta is still rolling along, and the developers over at Blizzard are still tweaking the product. Most recently, they’ve removed the Scrolls of Reforging and the Scrolls of Companion, stating that they were simply, “Just not good enough” for the game right now.
“The companion pets felt like they were mandatory to maximize play efficiency and some of the pets were too cutesy for the gritty, dark world of Sanctuary,” wrote the community manager. “Neither of those are issues we felt like we could solve without a lot of additional work, and we’re trying to close in on a solid release date for the game, not move further away.
“When weighing these systems against releasing the game, we decided to cut these scrolls and stay on track for the game’s release.”
The developers are already at work looking into how they can implement these back into the game at a later date with more polish, but it’s good to hear that they’re actively trying to work towards release. If nothing else, Blizzard has shown the ability to tweak titles as they go with the runaway success of World Of Warcraft, so I have faith that they’ll be able to bring these back when they’re up to snuff.