With Reaper of Souls now out for on PC, Blizzard are focusing on the PS4 version of Diablo 3 at PAX East this weekend. The PS4 version of Diablo 3 is a called the Diablo 3 Ultimate Evil Edition and it’s not a simple port of the first game either, it comes with Reaper of Souls included. Not a bad deal for PS4 owners because Blizzard has added some special new game features that are worth pointing out.
Items can be sent to friends through a mail system so Blizzard are encouraging trading and online play between PS4 owners. Player gifts have been added so when a legendary drops you receive a gift which you can send to a friend via the mail system and when they open the gift it rolls an item for your friend that’s level appropriate to them. This item could be Rare or Legendary.
Loot is being distributed in a priority system as it drops for everyone on the PS4. So a strength item would go the Barbarian in the party and so on.
In the new Nemesis System, when you die, the monster that kills you levels up. He then jumps into a portal and leaves your game. A few days later that monster may appear in one of your friends game’s and that same monster is named after the player it killed so your friend that sees him knows it was you that died and sent him their way. If the monsters kills your friend it gets more powerful and keeps on working through the lists of players’ friends until it’s defeated.
Apprentice Mode will allow lower level characters to join a higher level character and the game will boost the lower level character’s stats so they can handle the higher levels your friend is playing in.
Bonus experience is being given for groups to encourage gamers to play together and Massacre bonuses will also give more experience. The same goes for using the environment, kills from falling objects for example will give more experience. Massacres also have chance of dropping a Nephalim Glory globe.
The feature that I would love to see added to the PC version is the Nemesis System, although I have a feeling I would be sending a lot of monsters out to people on my friends list. They’d probably end up removing me from their friends list to stop the steady flow of mobs into their games 🙂
If you want to see the game in action, Gamespot posted some shaky-cam footage with the game running at 60 FPS at 1080p which was just taken at PAX this weekend.Related to this article