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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Diablo 4 to Bring Back Elective Mode

Blizzard confirms to add beloved "Elective Mode" for Diablo IV to let players assign skill categories.

Fans of hack and slash action RPG game series Diablo are excited once again after recent reveal of Diablo IV at BlizzCon 2019 by developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment following Diablo Immortal debacle from BlizzCon last year.

According to a latest official blog post, Blizzard has confirmed plans of bringing back popular "Elective Mode" system from Diablo III that would allow players assigning specific skill selection slots to buttons of their choosing.

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Diablo 4 to Bring Back Elective Mode

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Initially, certain categories such as defensive and primary skills will be allocated to set of buttons on controller or keyboard. What Elective Mode does is that gives players a choice to customize their own set as they want.

Maybe you have one particular skill type set on a certain button and that is not matching with what you have in mind, then you can simply place that skill under a different key using the feature, which gives you flexibility in playing.

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Because of a user interface from demo showed at BlizzCon this year, members of player community were speculating if D4 will lock skills under specific slots but Blizzard came clearing all confusion on that by confirming Elective Mode.

Lead systems designer David Kim stated that every skill categories will remain unlocked for all players to let them freely assign and select. Besides, the shown UI is not final just like many other aspects due to an ongoing development.

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Elective Mode From Diablo III

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Customization has always been a great part of the looter RPG and in terms of itemization, Blizzard looking to add more depth for base items. They will also allow people to spend money on in-game cosmetics and mounts for characters.

Diablo IV is announced to arrive for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One but an official release window is yet to be determined. Currently, they are mostly busy gathering feedback from fans to improve overall gameplay experience.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Diablo 4 to Feature More Gore, NPC and Towns

Blizzard will make Diablo IV much darker; will add over 100 towns for more NPC interaction to tell a grounded story.

Revealed last week at BlizzCon 2019, developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment is working on Diablo IV, next installment of hack and slash action RPG game series that is set to launch for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms.

Shortly afterwards, players have a chance to take a look at its story premise and brief gameplay overview. Blizzard is not only going to make Diablo 4 darker but is planning to feature more towns and villages with lots of NPC interaction.

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Diablo IV to Feature More Gore, NPC and Towns

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During a panel at BlizzCon, creative director Sebastian Stępień talked about its lore and world. Darkness will greatly serve its plotline by moving from infamously bright surroundings of Diablo III and more gritty vibes of Diablo II.

There will be lots of NPCs from more than 100 towns and villages for players to explore and learn from locals. This way, its story is approached in a much grounded way and players will piece together stories of regular folks.

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People living in these villages are not talking about kings, politics or anything but giving reference of dark medieval fantasy. These locations can also serve as a form of social hubs or may be used to host seasonal events in future.

In past, games of Diablo franchise would require players to take tour in certain areas in each act and they were branch of a central town. So far, number of towns was summed up to less than 10 but adding over 100 of them is quite a leap.

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More Towns and Villages

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Set in massive open-world locations, the game will share select areas and world bosses with fellow players online. Another aspect that has came to light lately is that D4 to be always online and not supporting a full offline mode

By the time Diablo IV was revealed at BlizzCon 2019, it was no longer a surprise to its audience because of numerous leaks and though a possible release window is not given yet, it is not likely to come out any time sooner than 2021.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Diablo 4 Will Have Cosmetic Micro-Transactions

Blizzard would offer players cosmetic micro-transactions for character skins and mounts in Diablo IV.

Earlier this month, developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment kicked-off BlizzCon 2019 by officially revealing upcoming Diablo IV from renowned hack and slash action RPG game series Diablo for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

D4 is to take a darker path than its predecessor and will feature more than 100 towns to explore. It is also unveiled recently by a livestream from BlizzCon that they will include some micro-transactions for cosmetic items.

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Diablo 4 Will Have Cosmetic Micro-Transactions

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Blizzard representatives confirmed during their annual event that Diablo 4 will add character customization options and mounts, which players are allowed to spend money on to purchase these items for their characters.

Although developers are currently planning to do micro-transactions solely for cosmetics, there is no guarantee that they won't go for a different model of business in future and that is what concerns majority of player community.

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In a discussion with Twitch streamer Quin69, lead developer Joe Shely talks about in-game monetization.

Diablo 4 will be available as a base game, and we're going to have expansions. You also will be able to acquire cosmetics in the game.

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Shely also confirmed during a live broadcast at BlizzCon that these purchases can be made in an in-game shop. Even if they are in early stage of development, multiple expansions will be part of their post-launch content support.

Despite allowing in-game purchases for customization skins, players will never be allowed to gain power through build. Whether they are going for a subscription model is not clarified yet but for a full-priced title, that idea seems rather irrational.

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Given overall scenario of mobile game releases in recent years, Blizzard is more likely to pursue a heavily micro-transaction imbued business model for their upcoming Diablo Immortal title that would largely target Chinese market.

Since Diablo IV is expected to sell several million units followed by multiple paid expansions, they could make those items free for players. Even though deemed harmless, putting a price tag on cosmetics in a looter RPG is never a good sign.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Diablo 4 Will Be Always Online

Blizzard has confirmed that all versions of Diablo IV are online-only and won't support a full offline mode.

Only days ago at BlizzCon 2019, developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment has officially announced Diablo IV, latest installment of their hack and slash action RPG game series Diablo for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Of course, this news would make fans cheer in joy and maybe even have them forgive Blizzard for disastrous launch event of Diablo Immortal from last year but there is a catch; D4 will require you to be connected to the internet.

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Diablo IV Will Be Always Online

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Lead designer Angela Del Priore has recently confirmed on a panel at BlizzCon that Diablo 4 will not feature a full offline mode, which means players would need to have a constant access to internet connection if they want to play.

You are free to enjoy solo adventure and noting would force them to party up with others but they won't support a full offline mode. Anyone can experience campaign quest areas and play through dungeons in private anytime.

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Now this decision should not come as much of a surprise to players on PC platform since even for single-player mode, Diablo III would require them to connect to internet same as their other titles like Overwatch, StarCraft or World of Warcraft.

However, this action will most likely to affect player community on consoles, because Blizzard had an exception for those versions of Diablo 3 to play offline back then but now they will only support online play over all platforms.

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Blizzard Entertainment opting out of an offline mode support for the game is mainly because of their DRM policy but whether or not it would force console players to subscribe to PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold is not yet confirmed.

Diablo IV is fourth mainline release from its respective action RPG franchise and has no set launch date yet but according to estimates from analysts; it would arrive sometime around 2021 since the project is still under development.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Diablo 4 Announced

Blizzard Entertainment officially revealed highly-anticipated dungeon crawling title Diablo IV at BlizzCon 2019.

Although expected to be revealed last year, developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment ended up showcasing upcoming mobile title Diablo Immortal instead of latest installment of mainline Diablo game from popular dungeon crawler series.

After multiple leaks from various sources and a series of rumors hinting its existence over and over to fans, Blizzard has finally announced hack and slash action RPG title Diablo IV for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One at BlizzCon 2019.

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Diablo IV Announced

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A brand-new cinematic trailer builds up arrival of ultimate evil and it seems all that waiting was really worth it.




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The video show off a perilous journey of a group of adventurers looking for gold but among them was a scholar who was only seeking knowledge. Their small posse is chased to an underground dungeon by a horde of demonic creatures.

They ask the scholar to breach seal of a gate while they fend off those beings and he figured out it would take blood to open the door. So he asks two of his companions to willingly offer their blood and it does open but one of them is left behind.

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However, instead of gold what they find inside is terror unimaginable as their fallen companion returns to unveil a horrific truth to them. They have unwittingly entered a forbidden tomb and opened up a gate to hell that will usher doom.

Finally, they all three surrenders to darkness and a veil of blood is formed to call forth home Lilith, daughter of hatred. Her blood soaked introduction to D4 is only a sign of Diablo lore getting darker and gruesome than ever.

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At this point, a new Diablo game is not a surprise anymore since it has been reportedly under development for some time and probably even changed direction at least once but ultimately, Blizzard decided to go back to series roots.

Entire plot will focus on Sanctuary and mother of the Nephalem, Lilith will be serving as main antagonist. Taking inspiration from all past games of the franchise in terms of horror aspects and gameplay, Diablo IV aims to be gorier and grittier.

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Blizzard has also revealed a first gameplay trailer showcasing character classes and other notable features.




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First noticeable change to new installment of the series is a massive graphical upgrade and smooth gameplay. Inclusion of horses as mounts indicates vast open-world locations that would require transportation to reach to.

At launch, Diablo IV to have five set of unique character classes and initially only three of them are revealed. Barbarian, Druid and Sorceress have their different set of skills to play out and charge into battlefield for glory.

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Barbarian represents heavy hitting warriors wielding powerful weapons that they can swap and switch between at any time. This valiant class will run rampant amidst streets littered with corpses and cause destruction all around.

A Druid can transform into creatures as Werebear to Werewolf and command magic like no other. Sorceress can harness elemental powers like fire, cold and lightning aside from freezing enemies before breaking them in pieces.

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More Random Dungeons

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Players are allowed to customize each class with ability levels, cosmetics, rune words and skill trees. They are free to go anywhere and anytime they want as campaign is completely open to either explore its expanded world or go on side quests.

Certain in-game areas are now open as PVP zones to fight each other but this is just an option if anyone wants to opt out. Social areas are for gathering in groups, trade items and even taking on terrifying bosses together.

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Multiplayer World Boss

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Shortly before announcement, a leak revealed that Diablo 4 will have three character classes and will be set in an open-world. Players will be able to interact with surrounding environment like climbing walls or even ride mounts as well.

Many long-time fans would have a great experience with such improvement to gameplay mechanics and turns out, these leaks were actually true, which certainly helps generating more hype for upcoming isometric action RPG title.

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When Diablo III came out in 2012, it initially suffered from connection issue at launch but ended up selling over 30 million copies. Though originally debuted for PC platform, D3 eventually saw console release and even a Nintendo Switch port.

Blizzard is promising their fan-base every reason to get excited for Diablo IV but there is no official launch date yet, nor even a release year. Given they have been working on the project for some time; we probably won't have to wait too long.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Nioh 2 Release Date

A release date for dark samurai RPG fantasy game Nioh 2 is revealed for March 2020 and Open Beta starts from November 1.

Following official reveal back in E3 2018 event, developer studios Koei Tecmo Games and Team Ninja has been quite silent about upcoming action role-playing title Nioh 2 until earlier this year and now we have a release date at hand.

A gameplay overview trailer shown last month at Tokyo Game Show 2019 revealed that an Open Beta program is about to start from next week, official sources announced the game to arrive for PlayStation 4 on March 13, 2020.

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Nioh 2 Release Date

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Time to sharpen your sword and Yokai skills as Nioh 2 is heading to PS4 on early 2020 and Open Beta coming next month.




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Although there was an immense tension among fans about getting an official release date, Team Ninja chose not to rush things out and was busy assessing feedback from player community on Closed Alpha test for a stable launch.

Open Beta will be available at PlayStation Store to download and play from November 1 and offer an early sneak peak and run till November 10. All players will be allowed to test out wide range of character customization feature and more.

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Nioh 2 Open Beta Starting November 1

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Your half-breed protagonist will be given access to latest weapon Switchglaive in Beta to experience its efficiency in battle. Testers will begin from a place called Interim that will serve as an opening level and a safe zone.

You can pick your weapons and try out various moves there before heading into a real stage until you are ready. A new environment will welcome you into a dark Yokai adventure that is built upon many historical actualities.

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Newest Weapon Switchglaive

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First Nioh game came out in 2017 from publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment with somewhat low expectation but still managed to impress players with its deep combat system inspired from Souls series and immersive gameplay.

Pre-order for Nioh 2 is already available from today and there will be valuable bonuses to use in final game. Also, players with a PlayStation Plus membership can jump into the world of original Nioh for free from November 5, 2019.

PlayStation Plus Free Games for November 2019

PlayStation Plus includes Nioh and Outlast 2 for their members in free games lineup of November 2019.

Compared to first half of current year, members of PlayStation Plus are getting better quality games on their consoles for their paid monthly subscription, thanks to Sony Entertainment listening to customer feedback in time.

For upcoming lineup of November 2019, two new free PlayStation 4 games have already announced lately. Until they arrive on November 5, you can still enjoy your time with MLB: The Show 19 and The Last of Us Remastered.

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PlayStation Plus Free Games for November 2019

Inspired from games like Dark Souls, action role-playing title Nioh from developer Team Ninja pits you in role of Irish samurai warrior William to battle against an army of demons and to liberate guardian spirits from their clutches.

With an Open Beta program kicking in for its sequel Nioh 2 at November 1, you can jump right in to have a dark samurai RPG fantasy experience in Sengoku era Japan and prepare yourself for the follow-up title scheduled to next year.

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Nioh on PlayStation Plus Free Games

Next up, become a part of an ominous journey of journalist Blake Langermann in Outlast 2, who goes to investigate murder of a pregnant woman. Soon, a mysterious cult kidnaps his wife and he is driven off by a group of crazed locals.

While being on lookout for his own life and a missing wife, Blake is constantly being troubled by his past among many other bizarre things. As you look for answers, more disturbing findings start coming out of the seemingly haunted town.

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Outlast 2 on PlayStation Plus Free Games

Sony has been doing considerably good with their recent PS Plus lineup after coming under fire by fans in July for providing games with seemingly lesser value than usual, especially after they decided to stop including PlayStation 3 titles.

Once Nioh and Outlast 2 become available, PlayStation Plus subscribers will be able to play them both for free until December 3, 2019. Members can also enjoy exclusive discount on PS4 titles and 100 GB cloud storage for game saves.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers Release Date

In a new cinematic trailer, Atlus reveals release date of Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers for next year.

Shortly after revealing upcoming role-playing game Persona 5: The Royal back in March 2019, developer/publisher Atlus announced another P5 title Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4.

Previously speculated to have a fall 2019 launch window, P5S is going to release on February 20, 2020 only for Japan. It is very likely that Western audience will get their hands on it in following months that has yet to be revealed.

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Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers Release Date

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Atlus has released a new trailer showcasing more cut-scenes from story and gameplay bits from P5 Scramble.




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According to new reports, P5S takes place half a year after the events of original Persona 5 game and most possibly not P5 Royal, when Phantom Thieves go out on a summer vacation and discover themselves in a new situation.

All lead characters will be playable and players will be allowed to interact with fellow Phantom Thieves members. Gameplay mechanics would feature 2D platforming and some Musou elements similar to Dynasty Warriors series.

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Players would engage waves of enemies in combat while also exploring their surrounding world for a series of missions. Also, bringing companion to a fight will let them use their own spiritual abilities for longer attack combos.

Atlus has developed Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers with Koei Tecmo and Omega Force for PS4 and Switch. Though initially recognized as an action RPG game, P5 Scramble actually belongs to hack and slash genre.