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Thanks Couchpotato!Diablo IV interview: Paragon system, PvP, replayability and more
The developers behind the RPG franchise break down expanding the world, game systems and more.
Justin Corrie - PlayStation Blog Correspondent
Since its very first announcement in 2019, Diablo IV has ignited infernal anticipation among players worldwide. In the past couple of weeks, we've had the chance to immerse ourselves in a preview build of the game and were ensnared by its exhilarating gameplay, sinister lore, and boundless replayability. Below is an interview we've conducted with the minds behind the game, shedding light on the depths of this highly anticipated hellish adventure.
Can we share any features or gameplay mechanics in Diablo IV that you believe will excite some of the longtime fans of the series?
Dorottya Kollo, Lead UI Designer, Diablo IV: I always like to kick it off with the classes, because of how in-depth we went with them. We created a lore to make sure that they're not just classes, but you actually believe in what class you're playing as. Like Druid, this is probably one of my favorites, they can talk with animal spirits, they can actually make an offering and get something in return so there's that transaction. And I love the fact that other players if you are not a Druid, then you cannot actually see them and interact with them. Apart from classes the skill tree is something that we're really proud of as we put a lot of effort into it. It looked extremely different six months ago. In general when it comes to lore and gameplay, giving players the opportunity to explore the world, to explore dungeons and strongholds.
Adam Z. Jackson, Lead Class Designer, Diablo IV: There's a series of progression systems that I think a lot of long-term fans will enjoy. You start out with the skill tree, you start out with some very simple itemization, and then as you go through the campaign, you get more and more layers on top of ways to customize your character. Late in the game, you get unique powers that give you even more ways to customize your player, and then the Paragon board comes online. So we start gentle and then there's more systems and ways to make your character really special and powerful.
How has the studio reapproached its design philosophy for activities outside of the main story campaign in consideration to Diablo IV being an open world?
Jackson: One of the things we did that's very unique to Diablo IV is the Codex of Power. Normally, in other games it's a bit random, you're just killing enemies and hoping to get the gear that you want. The Codex of Power marries two things together, we want to get you invested in this open world that we've created, and we also give you some deterministic ways to create the character fantasy that you want. Every dungeon that exists has a Codex of Power legendary aspect attached to it. When you defeat that dungeon for the first time, you get the essence of a legendary power. Then you can take it to a crafter called the Occultist to imbue that power onto your items. You own that power indefinitely. There are still other legendary powers that you'll have to find through the traditional way of going and killing monsters and hoping that you get the one that you want, but this is one of the ways the open world and our systems interact with each other, to hopefully create an even better experience that we don't have in our previous titles.
Kollo: Yeah, and with the open world, it was definitely a feel of like, how do we handle the Diablo front when it comes to the actual gameplay, how do we engage players as they explore the world? The team did awesome because you never really know what you'll find. You start going somewhere, it's like, oh I'm going to pin this quest, and I really want to do it. But then you constantly get distracted, because there's so many things going on. You might hear villagers screaming somewhere and now you want to check it out. So it's all about that unpredictable element in creating the world.