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.
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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."