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Diablo 4’s new shared world will have plenty of solo and co-op options to jam

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Hideous demons roaming the land looking to turn your bones into a collection of musical instruments, beasts beyond mortal ken being right bastards as they terrorise entire towns and the mother of all Nephalem is looking to stage a comeback akin to that of Green Day striking oil with American Idiot. Whether you’re down for the darker art style or you get a weird thrill from clicking on colourful enemies until they explode in an orgy of blood and steel, Diablo 4 looks set to scratch that itch and then some.

To do just that, Blizzard is fine-tuning the world of Sanctuary to be more open to collaboration, with lead designer Joe Shely and executive producer/Blizzard co-founder Allen Adham revealing to PC Gamer that the dangerous lands around players will once again make use of an always-online setup. Players can solo the campaign, but should they wish to join up with other adventurers they’ll be able to do so with just a few clicks once they run into them.

A few other tasty morsels of info also came out of that interview:

  • There are no game-wide difficulty levels in the open world but playing with friends will see enemies scale to your group collective power
  • Some areas will have more of a challenge than others
  • Five regions will be up for exploring, with players now able to ride mounts across the vast stretches of land
  • A day/night cycle will also be present, with a dynamic weather system so Diablo 4 is already better than Gran Turismo I guess
  • The open world itself will be a public arena, but dungeons will always be private in solo and partied raids on them
  • Dungeons can be tuned to present a challenge according to difficulty options that provide players with “great granularity”
  • Some campaign areas in Diablo 4 are private by design
  • Player populations will be capped in certain areas, such as towns being crawling with heroes and the more desolate wastelands having sparse player activity so guess where I’ll be spending most of my time heyo
  • World events will also be present, requiring players to stick together if they want to survive
  • One of the planned endgame activities so far is “keyed dungeons”, which will have players collecting keys to unlock monstrously challenging dungeons
  • As for microstransactions, Blizzard aren’t saying much beyond the line of them not selling power to players after launch

Sounds like a fun blast. Diablo 4 is still going to be in development for a good while yet, although I’m just looking forward to hulking out as the Druid once again and unleashing some animalities on demons. Please bear with me when this happens.

Last Updated: November 4, 2019

31 Comments

  1. Open world Error 37’s incoming

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    • Mark Treloar

      November 4, 2019 at 13:42

      Doubt they will make the same mistake again

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      • Son of Banana Jim

        November 4, 2019 at 13:53

        I’m not a betting man, but my money will be on, “yes, they will” ?.

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        • Mark Treloar

          November 4, 2019 at 16:12

          Error 37 was a result of not enough server capacity. I doubt they will make the same mistake again.

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          • Son of Banana Jim

            November 4, 2019 at 19:26

            And the answer remains “yes, they’ll make the same mistakes” they’ll probably try to launch with the least amount of servers, for the lowest cost, because Activision /blizzard.

          • Mark Treloar

            November 4, 2019 at 19:38

            If cost was the reason for Diablo 3’s launch I would agree with you, but that was due to a bad sales forecast.

      • For the Emperor!

        November 4, 2019 at 14:03

        Yes, they will make it Error 69 this time ?

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  2. Raptor Rants

    November 4, 2019 at 12:53

    Plenty of solo action. As long as you are always online.

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    • Gustav Willem Diedericks

      November 4, 2019 at 16:37

      I hated that about Diablo 3. This is a bit of a let-down for me on D4

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  3. Viper_ZA

    November 4, 2019 at 13:03

    R999 on launch hehe

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    • Son of Banana Jim

      November 4, 2019 at 13:42

      For the glory of Jinping Xi… Lol all your randelas go to Pooh bear. ?

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    • Son of Banana Jim

      November 4, 2019 at 13:42

      That’s a cheeky price, Blizzard has some serious balls.

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    • Admiral Chief

      November 4, 2019 at 15:25

      Extra characters sold separately

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      • Viper_ZA

        November 4, 2019 at 18:46

        *with limited edition mounts ***cringes***

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  4. G8crasha

    November 4, 2019 at 13:03

    Can we for once get a game that only focuses on SP gameplay, and does not include online play in any form or shape! Why must everything have to have an online component!

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    • Son of Banana Jim

      November 4, 2019 at 13:53

      Because, how else can they exert control over you? You can’t even mod these live experiences, but they can certainly monetise every single aspect of it.

      Luckily, Bethesda has failed in this regard, but will Blizzard be lucky? Will Bobby Kotick be able to buy another mansion? He could… At R999 a copy… ?

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    • For the Emperor!

      November 4, 2019 at 14:04

      I would love it if they could split the solo for those who want offline from the online. Nothing worse than getting home thinking you are going to play an hour or two quickly and having to wait for an update. Keep my solo and MP characters separate plz

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      • For the Emperor!

        November 4, 2019 at 21:33

        Case in f’ing point – I am in a log in queue to play a game alone!

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    • Kromas

      November 4, 2019 at 14:13

      The outer worlds.

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      • G8crasha

        November 4, 2019 at 15:13

        Don’t worry. I intend to sink my teeth into this game today!

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    • Admiral Chief

      November 4, 2019 at 15:25

      Because when you do things in the public space, group pressure is easier to capitulate on

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  5. For the Emperor!

    November 4, 2019 at 14:03

    Sounds quite a bit like “World of Diablo”…I will continue the holding pattern until well after launch. If I wanted to run into other people I would still be playing WoW or do it in my car…

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    • Gustav Willem Diedericks

      November 4, 2019 at 16:37

      Was that a Carmageddon joke or are you just happy to see other people?

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      • For the Emperor!

        November 4, 2019 at 19:02

        Realises threatening online to ram people etc on the road is a bad idea Yes, totally a Carmageddon joke…

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  6. CrAiGiSh

    November 4, 2019 at 14:13

    Looking good so far.

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  7. Hammersteyn

    November 4, 2019 at 14:33

    I don’t wanna share!

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