Diablo 3 For PS4 To Have Features Not Available On PC
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It almost seems as though Blizzard is trolling us at this point, but it is what it is: the upcoming Playstation 4 version of Diablo 3 is going to have new features that won’t be available for PC players.
While you unclench your fists, here’s the breakdown: Our own Phil Hornshaw, currently on the floor at Blizzcon 2013, spoke to Blizzard Senior Level Designer Matthew Berger about the Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition. He learned that in addition to Reaper of Souls being included with the main game, there will also be three modes new to the PS4 version – Player Gifts, Player Mail, and Avenger Kills – which, for now anyway, won’t be included on other versions. While Player Mail wasn’t described during the interview, Berger did go into detail about how Player Gifts and Avenger Kills work.
Player Gifts work by allowing apparently randomized chances to share loot with other players even if they’re not currently playing with you. “So all of a sudden you kill a monster and a legendary item drops on the ground,” Berger said. “There’s a column of light that shines up into the air, you may see this item kind of jump off the legendary, and land next to it. You go to it, you pick it up and it says “gift for Matthew”. This item, it’s just a gift in a box, you don’t know what’s in it, you send it to me and I can open it with any one of my characters. And it becomes an item tailored for me, for whatever class that character is, based on the rarity. It’s your way of giving me a free item, kind of your way of involving me in your game play.”
Berger described the feature as being rooted in the social aspects of Diablo 3. “What’s great [about the game] is playing with your friends,” he said, later adding that “you and your buddies might not be playing together at the same time, but you’re part of the same world.”
Avenger Kills add a new wrinkle in the form of enemies that have a chance of leveling up if they defeat you, and the opportunity for your friends to avenge your kill. If the monster levels up, it will then exit your game through a portal, and randomly enter the game of one of your friends. “So I’m playing in my game, doing my thing, and all of a sudden this monster is going to appear in the world,” Berger told Game Front. “I’m not going to see it yet, [but I'll see a message telling me] “killer of so and so is stalking you”. If your friend defeats the leveled up villain, it will drop rare loot for them, and also loot they can then give back to you.
Of course, if the leveled up enemy defeats your friend, it will level up again and leap into another friend’s game.
These are both very cool ideas, but unfortunately, Berger confirmed they’ll only be available for the PLaystation 4 version. It’s a shame PC gamers won’t get to experience them, especially after the way Diablo 3′s launch was so botched. On the bright side, in addition to PS4, the Ultimate Evil Edition will launch for PC sans these three new features. That means PC players will get the upcoming Reaper of Souls included with their purchase, as well as the brand new adventure mode. Small victories, we suppose.