Diablo 3 for PS4 has exclusive features, runs at 1080p

In addition to DualShock 4 touchpad features, Blizzard will introduce new social features like Adventure Kills for upcoming next-gen version; no comment on Xbox One version.

Diablo III on PlayStation 4 will have exclusive features and runs in 1080p at 60fps, Blizzard Entertainment confirmed at BlizzCon this weekend. Senior level designer Matthew Berger sat down with GameSpot to discuss the features next-generation gamers on Sony's system will find in the game.

First, Diablo III on PS4 will be known as the Ultimate Evil Edition. In addition to the original game, it will include the Reaper of Souls expansion and DualShock 4 touchpad integration. The game will employ the touchpad "when it makes sense," Berger said.

Players can use the touchpad for inventory management and to access the Skills user interface. In addition, users will be able to swipe left or swipe right on the pad to move up or down a category, Berger said.

What's more, new social features not found on PC will be included on PS4 version.

The most prominent of which is a new Adventure Kills system, which Berger described as "by far the most fun." 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 two new social systems are Player Mail (players can mail items to other players), and Player Gifts. Here, 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.

It was also confirmed at BlizzCon this weekend (via IGN) that characters created on the PlayStation 3 version of Diablo III will be transferable to the PS4 version.

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."

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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wowwow27
wowwow27

i can usually get pumped for a system i don't have, but any game i want is on the ps4, the xbone might be that other version of the 2600 no one wants.  I'm glad i waited for this one.

electro57
electro57

The best news is the ability to transfer your PS3 character to the PS4.   Good work Blizz.

conorhat
conorhat

PS4: "Yeah we're all about the games and the fun!"
Xbone: "No comment."

Mr_Mark_Legion
Mr_Mark_Legion

the ps4 comes with the expansion...for what ill assume is 60 bucks total, yet everyone else will have to put out extra for the expack? i hope im wrong.

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

I just hope the expansion comes to 360. That's all.

Janpieterzun
Janpieterzun

I liked D3 console better than PC.. Honestly though.. just stop the nonsense and play path of exile. It's a better game, it's free. They aren't money grubbing sods. If Microsoft Studios had any brains they'd get PoE as an exclusive. MS could have bought Bioware before EA flushed it down the toilet too.. sometimes i wonder if Microsoft works against itself. It's like retards make the decisions over there. Rare STILL hasn't proven it's worth, there were better companies they could have bought.. ok ranting.

Vodoo
Vodoo

So its obviously coming to the X1, Sony just paid them for a timed exclusive. I guess Sony saw how pitiful their launch games were in comparison to the X1's and had to grab whatever they could. Kinda stupid paying for such an old game to be temporarily exclusive. But its great that Blizzard is able to transfer the saves from  the ps3 to the ps4, otherwise it wouldn't be worth the hassle of upgrading it at all. 

Orkk
Orkk

Why aren't you guys playing Path of Exile? People need to forget about this game, there are better games worth your time.


JaCkk210
JaCkk210

d3 in 1080p ..whatever...

Spaceweed10
Spaceweed10

'no comment on the Xbone version...'  This is because it 'doesn't' run in 1080p @ 60fps :D

blueinheaven
blueinheaven

I think it's cool that you will get to play Diablo 2.1 in full 1080p.

LordCrash88
LordCrash88

Fuck you Blizzard. I can't even articulate how much I learnt to hate Blizzard in the past few years...

iMpLuX
iMpLuX

Nice you can carry over your character.

Hopefully Blizzard will let us 'trade up' and get the PS4 version for $10 if we have the PS3 version...

ZeroFallout1
ZeroFallout1

The console version actually gives you loot without grinding for hours. Even with the latest PC patch the looting still sucks. I actually like the skill system better than putting 20 points in skeletons only to have them be garbage at higher rounds..

Rennik_Repotsir
Rennik_Repotsir

Not sure about the full game, but the demo didn't let me customize stats per level-up and I pretty much blew threw it with the wizard's auto-targeting ice laser...

I would rather have a new Champions of Norrath...

lostn
lostn

This game's inflation is insane. Hopefully they will get it right for the consoles, because if you try to create a new character on the PC (and don't have any other characters that can donate to it), and you use the auction house, you'll find everything costs millions, which you won't have.

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

What is the point of many shooters. All you do is run and gun!  Most games when boiled down to their basic premise, and functions are repertory.  Nothing really has changed much since PS1 except the graphics. 

SO some people can blab all they want about how this game is not that great, but just keep in mind its Representative of many games, only difference is that it is more clear to you that this game is basically a kill everything game.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

It doesn't matter how much polish you put on a Turd, the fact remains that it is still in fact a Turd!

SirToxe
SirToxe

The real question is if you can buy the PS4 version cheaper if you already bought the PS3 version. Because I'm preeeeetty sure that I won't buy D3 a third time (already got the fully priced PC and PS3 version).

07wintert
07wintert

diablo is least demanding game if you couldnt get 1080p at 60 on the card they are using i would be surprised. still the difference 720p and 1080p is small depending on the size tv. but  really it would be alot better running at 30 with higher detail.   

samdam3
samdam3

Out of all the people that say this game is terrible, can you please explain why? I didn't play D2 so I have no expectations, I just like a good rpg.  And is it overrun by p2win?  

Rushaoz
Rushaoz

@Vodoo PC Elitist chimes in*

Seriously, stfu. The both of you. 

t-16
t-16

@Vodoo Oooop look out another butthurt X1 fanboy you guys really need to get over it or buy a PS4 and quit whining. Really just because the X1 is a pure bad as well as their even "badder" exclusives you don't need to try and derail the PS4 in every post just to justify your X1 purchase. 

conorhat
conorhat

@Orkk I did play Path of Exile. Diablo III appealed to me a lot more.

Rushaoz
Rushaoz

@Orkk Why are you so salty bro? D3 wasn't as good as D2 but that doesn't mean that it's a bad game.. yes there are better options out there. PoE and Torchlight 2 (the REAL diablo 3 I guess you can say) I think you got CoD hate syndrome where you hate something just because it's popular. Go outside and get some fresh air. 

Albaficas
Albaficas

@Orkk actually d3 ps3 version is what pc version should be

and yes POE is a fantastic game and the d3 killer


angrycreep
angrycreep

@Spaceweed10 I Can't see why, would they have any problems doing this game at 1080p at 60fps on Xbox one. They should be able to do it.

NX75
NX75

@ZeroFallout1 Yeah, it'll take a while for the loot to be improved on the PC version. I'm guessing we'll have to wait until just before the expansion hits before we can have the rewarding loot that the console versions have and that Reaper of Souls promises. Some say it's due out in March. I think it'll take longer than that, but no one knows.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@Rennik_Repotsir Yea welcome to D3. There is no customization. The game is flat out terrible, you're better off with CoN, Torchlight, or even that new game that just came out.

gflegui
gflegui

@lostn U don't know how to use the AH properly. You don't need millions to build a character. You can manage to build a respectable character for less than 5 million.  

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@shunt0116 As someone who actually played all 3 Diablo's, I'm tired of fake ass "As someone who played all 3 diablo's" comments because no one who actually played all three diablo's would say what you just said.

lostn
lostn

@SirToxe You must really love this game. 

Why not just stick to the PC version? It's not going to be inferior to the PS4 version in any way, besides the legendary thing.

hairdie
hairdie

@07wintert shoudnt you have said that the difference is either   large  or a small depending on the size of the tv screen?

Leonagard
Leonagard

@samdam3  @Grenadeh @TheLeftHandDoom Ok have you seen the news on RoS or have played the Ps3 version??? you will get at least an iten that is 70% for you class and wont neded the AH anymore ... D3 had its flaws and still have some you mentioned... customization is relative to how you chose to play, you still customize you character with items.

 If you had the opton to spend points you wont get anything better...also you can use everything without having to start again... you dont need to play like everyone but the internet videos teach every child to play like it is suppose to be OVERPOWERED... anyway you dont like the game dont play it or follow its news cuz its seems you dont even read other articles about the improvements since 2012 or contibuted to improve the game... go play torchhack 2 or PoE that is really good and I enjoy alot but also have its flaws... allmost every one plays the same way get the same gems and put points on the same pasives... thanks to guides on the internet etc... 

TheLeftHandDoom
TheLeftHandDoom

D3 had terrible, childish mechanics.  You basically don't build your character because every build is available to every player once you reach lv. 60.  The only differentiation was through gear, but the game was so shallow that everybody was looking for the exact same gear.  Every class was designed the same way.  You don't use your weapon.  The only purpose of your weapon was to establish your DPS.  


I haven't played the game in a long time, so maybe they fixed a lot of things, but when i played, you just basically bought gear at the auction house to maximize your crit. damage and your elemental resist.  That was the entire game.  


Oh yeah, the graphics and character designs were recycled from WoW and were way too cartoony.  The story was terrible.  The game was clearly rushed to launch, as it was nothing like like it was advertised while it was in development for years.  If D3 was just a new IP, and not attached to the Diablo franchise Gamespot would have given it a 6 for a score.


Path of Exiles is better than D3 in every single way.

Orkk
Orkk

@Rushaoz @Orkk Woah, calm down! You don't even know the kind of gamer I am and you're already flaming me on the internet. All I'm saying, is that if you're going to invest time, resources, and money into a game, there are a lot better options out there. It's not a bad game, I would says its a fair game...perhaps about a 5/10? Speaking of CoD, that is a good example of a game that would be better invested in than Diablo 3 (among the many out there).

Loshead
Loshead

@NX75 @ZeroFallout1 I heard match too, when the auction house shuts down. Freaking auction house was the worst idea. 

lostn
lostn

@gflegui @lostn 5 million is a lot of money if you have to earn it yourself as a new player, especially only for a "respectable" character. This is the inflation I'm talking about. When the game was young, all your stuff wouldn't have cost 5 million. 

If you monitor gold prices in the RMAH, you are getting more gold for your buck now than before, that is because gold has been devalued due to inflation.

And as the other guy said, you just proved my point. If it costs 2 million and above, that counts as millions. 

Millions is not hard to get for high level players. The new players will have trouble raising it. The gold itself is not hard to get, but it's been distributed very unevenly across the player base. It's the established players who have all the money. The new guys will find it hard to afford the things that established players find very easy to afford.

blitzinD
blitzinD

@gflegui @lostn

"You don't need millions to build a character. You can manage to build a respectable character for less than 5 million."

Uhm??? What is your definition of millions?

SirToxe
SirToxe

@lostn Nah, I really like the PS3 version better than the PC version.

07wintert
07wintert

@hairdie who cares im trying to educate little kids that big numbers don't mean anything. vision,distance,screen size all make a difference if you are sat quite far back in you house and screen is less than a 50 inch you're not going to see anything. but this about games and your eyes are moving that fast sometimes its not worth bothering about. this is also made worse with 4k because you would need like something round 100 inch tv and be sat quite close. these are the things that are hidden from people. this whole xbox and ps4 thing is pointless not that i care as i don't use consoles 

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@Leonagard I've played the PS3 version, it's still garbage. I'm aware of the improvements, RoS, and the AH being removed next year. Too little, too late. Anyone who comes back to Diablo 3 after this is worse than everyone combined who crawls back to WoW.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@TheLeftHandDoom Also the sole point of the game, killing enemies to get loot, was negated by the fact that you could not actually get any loot for your class that was worth using by grinding - it was all in the auction house .So there was no reason to play the game.

07wintert
07wintert

@hairdie @07wintert yes it will the image is stretched and your point is exactly. ps4 do the same thing 900p and 720p ps4 will and cannot play all games at 1080p the card is alot better then the xbox ones but still doesnt have the power. i know because that card has bench mark of 64fps in bf3 so how was going to play bf4 at 1080p.

anyway enough said 

hairdie
hairdie

@07wintert @hairdie  if you look into distance on ay 720p game upscaled or not it looks trash if you cant see that you should have gone to spec savers.