Diablo 4 [PS4, XB1, and let's be honest, next-gen by the time D4 comes out]

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  1. Shifty Geezer

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    Looks to me just like D3 to be honest. Could easily be an expansion.

    PC version discussion
     
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    I prefer this art style.
     
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    I hope they'll have cross-play by then.
     
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    cross play will be a factor for my purchasing this title I think.
    I have lately left my xbox for PC. Can't stop playing Apex Legends lol
     
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    Not sure how you get that impression. To me it looked quite a different graphical style, especially the palette. The character and creature designs are far less exaggerated than D3.
     
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    Trailer: By three they come.
     
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    Looks fantastic and back to diablo 1 and two's art style, thankfully.
     
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    How do you tell from a trailer, are there any gameplay videos? I Mean Diablo is Diablo but Warcraft was a RTS until World of Warcraft. Maybe they are doing something more meaningful or maybe they just want some more money? :yep2:
     
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    Yes, there is a gameplay video.
     
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    Thanks, completely missed it. I need a plug-in to prevent me posting pre-coffee! It does look very similar to DIII, but maybe a bit slower and less hectic? DIII is just a blur of action, you can barely see what individual characters are doing.
     
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    I posted a gameplay video, labeled as gameplay, and introduced by me as gameplay... ;) They don't show any meat, meaning it's just a guy whacking monsters with various particle effects.
     
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    What have they been doing the past seven years then? I guess as long as D3 kept selling, they weren't interested in working full-steam on a sequel.
     
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    I reckon I clicked the second linked video - the cinematic trailer. The gameplay trailer is hard to analyse. It does look slower and more deliberate than DIII, even when you're beginning as a new character at level 1, but the lack of any UI it makes it difficult to tell how similar or different it'll be. I only just got into DIII again on Switch so I'm not craving another full-priced game of the same type at the moment and if I am, if anything, I'll probably grab Torchlight II to scratch that itch.

    In addition to World of Warcraft updates and re-balancing, which really never ends, they've been doing a bit of fan service with the Starcraft remaster and Warcraft 3 Reforged due out.. umm.. at some point when it's ready. New seasons and tweaks to DIII. It's Blizzard, they do nothing quickly. :nope:
     
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    I think it’s clear from last years “don’t you guys have phones?” where their attention were.

    It’s more Activision/Blizzard than Blizzard these days.
     
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    Love how they went back to the roots with a dark, gritty and gory look, the monster designs and environment are so much better now which oozes out that demonic atmosphere.
    I guess I'll be getting it on PS5 then for that maximum settings at 4k.
     
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    Fortunately, they've had pretty good sales on quality products, although that may or may not correlate with investors where some might look at outliers from Bethesda releasing certain janky messes but still selling exceedingly well.

    I do wonder what they'll do differently in terms of gameplay. A stronger focus on the co-operative side might lead back to some age-old concepts as combo attacks (between player classes/abilities). :p

    At the same time, I'd like to see a more dynamic environment (more elaborate dungeon traps, destructible things that can fall on the enemy and so on.)
     
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    Blizzard has basically been a near dead studio for ages now. They launched WoW in 2004, and then it wasn't until 2010 that they released a new game, Starcraft 2. Then Diablo 3 in 2012. Hearthstone and Hots were 2014 and 2015, but small games based on microtransactions. Overwatch came in 2016 and it was their first new non-sequel game in 12 years. Fittingly their new games are Diablo 4, which is basically an incredibly low-risk sequel driven almost entirely by community feedback. Overwatch 2 may as well be an expansion and not a sequel. Blizzard has a huge reputation for a studio that has produced very little for 15 years and makes the safest products you can imagine. They're one step above activisions guitar hero and call of duty franchises at this point.

    Edit: The Diablo 4 reveal was basically to make up goodwill with their die-hard community, even though it won't come out for years. That in itself seems somewhat cynical to me. I hate these multi-year hype events.
     
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    "Near dead" doesn't seem at all accurate after you listed their games. They're all huge, and very long lived. Blizzard have managed to create a business not on fast iterations of new games, but creating behemoths that keep on going, keep being played, and keep on earning.
     
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