Blizzard has spilled the beans on how Diablo 4 will (hopefully) keep you playing well beyond the end of the main campaign. And to be honest, it all sounds very promising. Once you've slaughtered your way through the game's story, a bunch of activities are unlocked so that you can continue to develop your character(s).
Here's a quick overview based on the official press release:
- You can increase the game's overall difficulty level by completing 'Capstone Dungeons'
- A robust Paragon system lets you bolster your character's abilities in loads of different ways once you're max level
- Endgame equipment 'Aspects' (basically perks) can be used to further enhance your weapons and armour
- Any of the game's 120+ dungeons can become 'Nightmare Dungeons', featuring more dangerous objectives and enemies, as well as endgame rewards
- The game's open world also becomes more dangerous, with 'Helltide' areas offering powerful foes and hordes of monsters. You get shards for defeating them, which can be traded for rewards
- The 'Tree of Whispers' offers up endgame bounties, which grant reward caches upon completion
- The game's dedicated PvP area, the Fields of Hatred, gives you additional incentives to develop your character
Blizzard is also keen to remind everyone that Diablo 4 is a live service title, and so players can probably expect more endgame stuff to be added in time.
It all sounds great for those who want to really get stuck in, but as always, we'll have to wait and see how it comes together. Can you see yourself playing Diablo 4 all the way through to the endgame and beyond? Create some completely broken builds in the comments section below.
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I wasn’t too bothered about the always online component at first but I was thinking about it earlier and ehh, sort of changing my mind. I don’t really mind being online/shared world but to have to maintain a PS+ sub to play this is a turn off. I haven’t really subbed consistently for years, and the way I play D3 these days is in spurts so it would make me less likely to play D4 long term if it meant taking out a sub just for a few play sessions..? And if you want to play couch co-op I believe both people need separate PS+ subs…?!
@kyleforrester87 no you don’t need separate PS+ subs. Dunno where this weird rumour started coz no games work that way in couch co-op.
@kyleforrester87 you could just get for PC if u have one then u won't need to worry about plus
@Breekhead this is where I read it, I only scanned through it really - what is your take? Perhaps a misunderstanding/language issue?
@C25CLOUD Good point but when you factor in the £2000 for a computer it becomes a less attractive option, and that’s on top of the cost of the new flat I’d need to move to in order to be able to accommodate a desk and chair to put it on, plus removal men, getting the cat registered at another vet, etc. etc.
It’s a hassle. Would like to get back into PC gaming one day though!
@kyleforrester87 You won't need two ps+ subs. You just need a psn acct for each player to link to a bnet acct. You will be playing via one copy of D4 through one acct that has ps+.
@kyleforrester87 I played both betas with my wife and we only have one PS+ subscription between us. We just had to create a battle.net account and it was smooth sailing from there (apart from the queue times in the beta lol).
@Breekhead PS+ wasn’t needed at all for the beta, though 🤔
I'm on the fence about D4. Nothing about game itself the beta was great I just don't want to send anymore money to Activision.
I may pick it up used at some point.
@illegalmonkey you’re most likely right, seems to be the prevailing opinion! I would prefer you didn’t need + at all for partial access, like Destiny - you could play the story and exist in the shared world areas but strikes etc needed a subscription.
@illegalmonkey so to play, there needs to be at least one ps+ sub? I let ps+ expire and haven't missed it at all.
I had a lot of fun with the Diablo III seasons/endgame. Eventually I'd run out of interesting goals for my seasonal characters, and I'd pivot to power-leveling random players in public lobbies. Never got tired of seeing hundreds of paragon levels added at once haha.
Looking forward to IV!
The last Diablo game ever on Playstation...I know Diablo 5 won't come out for at least 6-7 years but when it does and it skips Playstation that's going to be devastating
Playstation doesn't have any first party franchise that can compete with Diablo, not even Destiny is on that level
Things are not looking good
@kyleforrester87 my bad it looks like that’s true. In any case I’ll eat my hat if both players need a PS+ sub, it’ll be the first game I know of to do that. Only one PS+ subscription is needed on a console and every other account on that same console can play online games no problem so the same should apply here.
I am guessing D3 support is ending? Thats the only way I could see myself playing D4.
Its more of the same and will be balanced each season with different seasonals making certain builds (and thus classes) S tier and others A,B,C tier.
I had a buddy who would D3 this and PoE with me dozens of hours a week. We had our fun. He is now a dad and doesn't log on. I don't think there is anything new for a regular D3 player in this offering.
Can’t wait for Diablo 4, it almost makes me wish i had a super PC so i could add that to the platforms of choice. But this one will be on Series X for me day 1 and i will at some point snag a PS5 copy as well, just cause Diablo is a top 5 franchise all time for me. Super excited and can’t wait for 6/6/23
I hope they increase enemy population, because some parts of beta were almost empty. ...and add "remove other players" option. That is really embarrassing to see random players minding their own business in my session, where I'm minding my own business.
@djlard it a live service game u will always see people they have say that only time u won't when u go into a dungeon. Playing the beta I really saw no one in the world only time I saw people was in the towns
@C25CLOUD Yes, but I don't want to see them in town too.
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