The changes in Diablo III's 1.0.4 patch keep rolling out, with today's announcement revealing the brand new "Paragon" progression system. This brand new end-game implementation will effectively add 100 additional levels to game, accessible after a player reaches the current max of 60. This new system is designed to solve the current equipment-swapping problem in addition to adding an extended progression system for end-game players.
Each level of Paragon will buff the player with 3% additional "Magic Find" and "Gold Find", inevitably capped at 300%. A 100 level Paragon would then have no need to equip gear with the Magic Find stat, though Nephalem Valor will still contribute the same. For each 10 levels of Paragon, the border around a player's portrait will upgrade and become more... flamboyant. All in all, going from 1-100 Paragon is said to take as long as 1-99 in Diablo II.
Considering Diablo III's 1.0.4 patch is already seeing considerable changes to the loot system, Inferno difficulty and legendary items, the Paragon system is a most welcome surprise. I always thought Blizzard's long-term goals would focus around expansions and the post 1.0.4 PvP systems, but Paragon will be a welcome edition. Something to keep players keyed in on Diablo III until those other content systems come into fruition. Or, it could just be a bandage on the wound.