Diablo III has been under heavy criticism from players since launch.

From a lack of server support and auction house bugs, to the horrendous difficulty spike in later gameplay and the new repair costs, things haven’t always gone so well. A lot of people have had a lot to say about the game.

In fact, the lack of end-game content has now gained enough steam on the forums to get an official response.

Community manager Bashiok has  been taking to the Diablo III forums, posting in the End Game solutions thread admitting, “the item hunt is not enough for a long term sustainable end-game.”

Players have been left feeling that Inferno is grindy and a bit boring. One comment really drove that home with a player saying , “Act 4 is currently pointless due to the small number of elites and the the drop rates being identical to AcT 3. Act 3 is superior in every way to Act 4, which seems nonsensical to me.”

That sentiment is not being ignored. Bashiok has responded, saying,”Hindsight is 20/20 I suppose, but we believed pre-release that the item hunt would be far more sustainable, and would work to be a proper end-game for quite a while. That didn’t turn out to be true, and we recognize that.”

When asked about a solution for this lack of end-game content he said D3 isn’t WoW, and they can’t realistically pump out heaps of new content for it the same way.  “There needs to be something else that keeps people engaged, and we know it’s not there right now.”

It looks like right now they’re hoping that the PvP Arenas coming in patch 1.1 will be a temporary fix for people looking for something to do at the higher end of the game, but that patch is still a ways off.

There may still be light at the end of the tunnel, though. One of the final things Bashiok offered concerned players was this, “We have some ideas for progression systems, but honestly it’s a huge feature if we want to try to do it right, and not something we could envision being possible until well after 1.1 which it itself still a ways out.”

The whole thread can be found here.

Maybe adding an auction house into a game where players are meant to hunt items like treasure goblins wasn’t the best idea if this was their original end-game strategy.

Do you think something is missing from your Diablo-punching grindfest? Let us know if you’re even still playing.