In an interview with IGN, the developers at Blizzard Entertainment spoke about the work on the action role-playing game “Diablo 4”. Particular attention is paid to the endgame, which should ideally “entertain the community for thousands of hours”.
In order to prevent a similar debacle as the PC launch of “Diablo 3” in 2012, the developers at Blizzard Entertainment decided to significantly expand the play tests before the release of “Diablo 4”.
A topic that Joe Shely, the executive game director behind “Diablo 4”, and Rod Fergusson, the franchise manager of the “Diablo” series, spoke about in an interview with IGN. According to Fergusson, no title he has been involved in developing has been tested as extensively as Diablo 4.
In order to give Blizzard Entertainment’s developers valuable feedback and to track down possible errors or technical problems, Activision Blizzard relied on both internal and external play tests. Among other things, friends and relatives of the developers were given the opportunity to play “Diablo 4” extensively.
One new season planned per quarter
Even if “Diablo 4” will offer you an extensive campaign, the focus of internal efforts is on the endgame, which, according to Blizzard Entertainment, should at best entertain you “for thousands of hours”. Accordingly, the playtesters were asked to take a close look at and evaluate endgame content such as the particularly difficult dungeons, the “Nightmare” level of difficulty or the “Helltide” events.
Without going into more detail about the content and innovations offered, Fergusson added that “Diablo 4” will be provided with new seasons quarterly, which should keep the players happy with new content and small surprises. According to Fergusson, work on the first season has already begun to ensure that it is available in time for the release of the action role-playing game.
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Diablo 4 has not yet been given a specific release date. Instead, the official side is only talking about a release in 2023. “Diablo 4” will be released for the PC, the PlayStation 4, the PlayStation 5, the Xbox One and the Xbox Series X/S and supports both cross-platform multiplayer for the release as well as cross-progression.
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