Blizzard has released a new development update for Diablo IV. In it, the developer discusses, among other things, the renewed skill tree. The company is also introducing one enchantmentsystem for the Sorceress class and a more replayable endgame.
Blizzard reported among other things that the skills and talent system will be overhauled. For example, active and passive skills are now broken down into different sections of the skill tree, where the tree’s roots are passives and the branches contain active skills. The tree contains several nodes, the developers write. For example, square nodes include new skills, while round nodes correctly contain upgrades to skills that the player has already unlocked.
The company also reports that users cannot unlock all skills and upgrades. Players using the endgame Blizzard expects to have unlocked about 30 to 40 percent of all nodes. This allows players to ‘expand their character in various ways’.
The skill tree in Diablo IV. Pictures via Blizzard
Blizzard also introduces a new one enchantmentsystem for the Sorceress class. All Sorceress skills can be placed in active skills slots or in specific enchantment slots. When players do the latter, they can no longer use the skill as an active skill. Instead, players are given a secondary, passive bonus skill.
For example, in the Meteor ability, players can summon a meteor from the sky. When placed in an enchantment slot, players can no longer control that meteor. Instead, they will automatically drop on enemies ‘periodically’.
Blizzard also briefly discusses the endgame from Diablo IV. This part is still being developed, but the developer has already indicated that the endgame should get ‘more depth and replayability’ than Diablo 3. Blizzard does not provide further details for the time being.
Diablo IV was announced at Blizzcon last year. The game is about the return of Lilith, the Daughter of Hatred. It is not yet known when the game will be released. Tweakers published at the end of last year a preview of the game.
The enchantment system. Pictures via Blizzard