Diablo 4: What Do Fans Want To See From Blizzard’s Next Action RPG?

A new sequel to Blizzard’s legendary action-RPG is heavily rumoured to be coming out in the next couple of years, and fans have been excited to discuss what they want to see in any potential return to Sanctuary.

For the uninitiated, the last entry in the storied franchise, Diablo 3, launched all the way back in 2012. While it had some major issues, it eventually grew into a success story for Blizzard – being ported to multiple console generations and most recently the Nintendo Switch last year.

In a new Reddit thread from u/Kayfas, fans have been pitching what they want from a fourth iteration – and also what they aren’t keen on.

Kayfas wants to see more variety within the existing Rune system, allowing Runes to offer unique stats, while u/illithidbane has some suggestions such as the ability to focus on making new builds.

“No more Focus/Restraint. No more Compass/Pledge. And no more Convention of Elements. It feels like every single build in the game uses some combination of these items. It’s tedious.” they said, before also suggesting trading could be implemented between friends among other tweaks to the game’s UI.

Some requests are a little more straightforward, though. U/wils_152 would love Offline Play – Diablo 3 requires an internet connection to be able to track leaderboards and seasonal content among other things. Of course, offline play opens up the potential for hacking, as u/YaFedImYaEatIm points out by saying: “Item hacks, theyre (sic) everywhere, makes leaderboards a joke”.

u/MoogleStiltzkin has a veritable laundry list of requests for a potential Diablo 4, ranging from a change in aesthetic (they feel the game looks too childish at times), making legendary items rarer, and tweak the game’s PVP component which Diablo 3 “failed utterly”.

u/Octorok has a cheeky suggestion that the game should release first on Nintendo Switch, while many simply don’t want microtransactions or in-app purchases.

Others, like u/Criminogenesis are less fussy and are happy to just get a new class.. They said “Druid. Just repackage D3 and give me Druid”.

While Diablo 3 had its issues and grew into an excellent title in its own right, the franchise (and developer Blizzard) have been no stranger to controversy in recent months. 

At last year’s Blizzcon, the company upset fans by announcing Diablo: Immortal – a mobile phone exclusive Diablo title not even in development by Blizzard themselves.

Earlier this year listings over in France suggested that Diablo 4 is in development alongside a new Overwatch title. A report translated from Le Monde states “Teams at Blizzard Entertainment have already been presented with the long-awaited Diablo 4 and know that a new Overwatch game is in development. But neither of these games will be released before 2020, at the very best”.

Interestingly, former studio head Mike Morhaime revealed recently that half of Blizzard’s games are cancelled before release – and allegedly the curse has struck again with a new Starcraft shooter being canned as focus shifts to getting Diablo fans back onside.

He also confirmed that Blizzard’s Blizzcon gaffe with Immortal was an issue with communication, stating “Blizzard tried to manage expectations that they weren’t going to announce Diablo 4 at Blizzcon, but I’m not sure that got through”.

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