Meanwhile, Barriga and art director John Mueller spoke about mounts and noted that players of any character class will have access to them. “We want you to be able to get around in style,” Mueller said, also noting that the mounts are all horses because of Diablo’s gothic medieval roots; the team didn’t want to stray too far into the fantasy Warcraft-style world. You can earn modular pieces of armor to add to your mounts, as well as wearable trophies you get for completing certain pieces of content. “Making your character and your mount match is a pretty compelling aesthetic,” Barriga said. And each class also gets its own unique combat dismount, with the Rogue launching Rain of Arrows, which tends to catch PvP opponents off-guard, according to Barriga.
Meanwhile, on the PvP front, Blizzard says you’ll never get caught off-guard if you’re only looking for a PvE experience. “So for us [the solution] was to create these ‘Fields of Hatred’ that are cursed by Mephisto and have become active again,” Barriga explained. So if you don’t want PvP you’ll be safe, but if you enter the Field of Hatred, the PvP is clearly enabled and the looting rules are different and there are objectives within that. “Once you enter, it’s almost like [Diablo 2] rules,” Barriga said. “It’s really dangerous, particularly when Hardcore [difficulty] comes into it.” PvP, Barriga noted, “is going to be an acquired taste” but “no one should be worried about that” because “it’s purely optional.”
Finally, Camps are another open-world element in Diablo 4. They are effectively the opposite of PvP. Narratively, they held significance long ago. Diablo 4 happens after the world was decimated, and so some of the Camps have a “post-apocalyptic vibe,” according to Barriga. Camps can be old churches, lighthouses, forests, etc. that have tormented souls and ghosts within them, but if you complete the mini-puzzle there, you’ll have cleansed that area and it flips back to being a small town/safe zone. “It’s another way to gain progression,” Mueller noted, because as you unlock waypoints you can get anywhere, thus giving you a non-gear power advantage over other players. “It’s all in a big open world and you can opt-in to this content as you adventure around.”
Don’t expect Diablo 4 in 2021, but stay tuned to IGN for much more on the latest entry in the legendary action-RPG series as development continues. In the meantime, stay tuned today and tomorrow for more Blizzcon 2021 coverage.