Diablo IV is the new game from one of the most popular series of RPGs. The title is still in development, but news was revealed by Blizzard during BlizzConline, the company’s own event.
The title is in development and does not yet have a specific release date. The prospect is that it will be released for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Switch. It is the first time that a game from the franchise will reach consoles along with the PC version.
According to Joe Piepiora, designer of Diablo IV, there is no confirmed version for Xbox Series X | S and PlayStation 5, but the game will be compatible with both consoles via backwards compatibility.
There are two main recent information of the game. During the opening ceremony, Blizzard unveiled the new Renegade class. It will allow you to create a more stealthy and faster character with archery skills. In the presentation video, you can see a very agile movement, which allows you to dodge enemies, since the class does not have such a high resistance.
In the collective of which the Canaltech participated with the developers of the title, the company talked more about the open world of the game. According to Piepiora, the proposal is for the Sanctuary to be an integral part of the title’s narrative this time: “The Sanctuary will be a kind of character in Diablo IV”, he comments. “We want to make the player explore this environment as well.”
This is the first time the team has ventured to bring an open-world exploration to the franchise. As a result, some characteristics needed to be modified. One of the main points pointed out by the animator Careena Kingdom is verticality. “You can go down a hill, but you won’t always be able to go back up. […] In terms of design, it will not always be so simple to know which path you need to take to get where you want ”, he explains.
To fill the open world, the company will also adopt a new mechanism for restocking cities and environments. The player will go through villages killing the evil enemies that are haunting the region. Once the area is clean, lovers go back to populating the place, offering new possibilities for items and equipment.
Finally, the developers also talked about the competitive multiplayer (PvP) of Diablo IV. As the game has an open world, there is a fear that there will be PvP confrontation around the map every time.
According to the developers, it will not be in all environments that players will be able to rebel against each other. Piepora points out that they will be “very specific places” where this can happen.
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