Blizzard Entertainment confirmed at BlizzCon this weekend that Diablo III will now have some exclusive features on PlayStation 4 and will run in 1080p at 60fps. Senior level designer Matthew Berger explains these features in detail.
Firstly, Diablo III on PS4 will be known now as the Ultimate Evil Edition. Plus it will include the Reaper of Souls expansion and DualShock 4 touchpad integration. The game will employ the touchpad ‘when it feels the need to’.
Gamers can use the touchpad for inventory management and to access the Skills user interface. Also, users will be able to swipe left or swipe right on the pad to move up or down a category. What’s more, new social features not found on PC will be included on PS4 version.
The most interesting aspect is the new Adventure Kills system. Through this new system, when a player is killed by a monster, there is chance that the monster will level up and jump into a friend’s game.
“The first player’s friend will be prompted with a message saying “Matthew’s bane is stalking you,” at which time the monster–described as elite and with special abilities–will appear on his screen. If the second player defeats the monster, the first player will receive a message saying their death has been avenged and the second player will receive loot.
If the second player is killed, the monster will grow even stronger and will stalk one of his friends, continuing the cycle, though it is not clear just how powerful the enemy can become.”
“Sometimes we don’t give enough love to the monsters and we want to give love to the monsters as well,” Berger said. “It’s another way to make it so we feel connected as part of a greater community of players even when we’re not playing together.”
The other new social systems are Player Mail and Player Gifts. So basically when a Legendary item drops, a second item will also drop with a friend’s name on it. This item, of appropriate rarity and tailored made for any character the friend wants, will be delivered to the friend.
“So once again, we’re not questing together, but we’re still part of a greater world,” Berger said.
Lastly, Berger addressed the possibility of Diablo III coming to the Xbox One. He said, “For the moment, we’re only talking about the PS4 for the Ultimate Evil Edition.”