Immortal DiabloThe mobile adaptation of Blizzard Entertainment’s dungeon crawling franchise will allow players to change character classes while maintaining their overall progression, the developers said in an announcement Monday.
The class change is proposed as a way to allow players to explore each class without starting from scratch for each. Blizzard says that when players switch classes, they will keep their overall XP progress, “they will receive a new set of equipped items appropriate for your new class” and the old ones will be kept in reserve.
“We didn’t want to force our players to make the difficult choice of forgoing their main character progression to support an alternative,” Blizzard said. “We also didn’t want anyone to feel obligated to maintain a roster of alternate characters to reap rewards and resources, or to meet the changing needs of […] other competitive systems “.
That said, the class switch appears to support another mobile-specific and therefore monetized feature: cosmetics and other customizations. In the same post on Monday, Blizzard said it planned to “launch a new set of cosmetics for all classes every month,” which matched the theme of that month’s Battle Pass. Players who purchase the Battle Pass will unlock the gear theme for all classes and more will be on sale in the in-game store.
Blizzard also hopes that a “pre-order” campaign for the free-to-play game will spark interest in its cosmetics. Starting today, iOS users can pre-register to download the game for their iPhone or iPad. (Android gamers have been able to pre-register on the web or via the Google Play Store.) If they do it first 30 million Diablo Immortallaunch date (not announced), Blizzard will give everyone a free set of skins, the “Horadrim Cosmetic Set”, based on the Brotherhood of Horadrim around the world.
“We want your original class selection to be a meaningful choice, so we’re discussing the limitations [the Class Change] system that still gives you the freedom to try something new, “Blizzard said.” As the process of collecting legendary affixes takes a long time, we expect players who focus on a single class will have some perks, such as a more large selection of character builds available. But the fun of freely exploring each class should cause a lot of people to change things over time, as many of us are part of the team. “
Immortal Diablo it will be free and Blizzard has said that all gear can be earned by playing regularly, but the game will also offer in-app purchases for players who want more bling immediately.
Cosmetics will allow players to change their appearance without affecting gear or stats, a bit like an MMO. Blizzard has said it will make free cosmetic sets for factions that will unlock as players of that faction increase its overall Dominance stat. Additionally, as a player increases the Resonance attribute of the Legendary Gems they acquire, their cosmetics will take on different and more elaborate details.
“Like any living game, we want Immortal Diablothe visual identity to evolve and grow over time, ”Blizzard wrote. “We also want you to be able to keep varying your character’s appearance as you play, rather than getting stuck in one place.”
Immortal Diablo was first announced at BlizzCon 2018. The game was co-developed by Blizzard and NetEase. Blizzard has organized a technical alpha test for Immortal Diablo at the end of 2020 and began testing the endgame alpha in April 2021. In August 2021, Blizzard announced that the game would be postponed to 2022 to respond to player feedback and make changes to PvP and endgame content. in addition to implementing controller support.