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Diablo 4 Quarterly Update, June 2021: Character Customization, Art and Textures

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The second quarterly update of 2021 is here and we have a lot of character-related features, all cosmetic in nature: from the transmog system that has dyes added, facial customizations, and some textures, including a couple of monsters as well! 

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Hello, and welcome once again to a new Diablo IV Quarterly Update! We hope you enjoyed the Rogue class announcement during BlizzConline. We had a blast creating the Rogue and open-world video segments, sharing them with you, and seeing your reactions. It was especially cool to share our updates as part of the larger Diablo family alongside Diablo: Immortal and the all-new Diablo II: Resurrected (both of which I personally can’t wait to play with you all).

As we transition back to a blog format, we will continue to spotlight different aspects of development. Today we’re going to be focusing on Diablo IV character art—player characters, monsters, and allies.

Art is a critical part of what makes Diablo, well... Diablo. Our signature randomized dungeons would not feel like Diablo without the ominous lighting setting the mood as players uncover horrifying details around every dark corner. Combat only feels visceral thanks to carefully crafted animations and visual effects that make spells and abilities sing. And while stats might make or break an item, we often can’t wait to get our hands on a piece of gear purely because of how incredible it looks.

Character art is equally important as it encompasses two of Diablo’s key elements: classes and monsters. The look and feel of the classes has always been one of Diablo’s secret ingredients, each class instantly recognizable and imbued with a strong and unique personality. Diablo IV offers players more customization options than ever in a Diablo game, which makes achieving that result more challenging, but the outcome is well worth it. Your Barbarian is different from anyone else’s but still feels undeniably like a Barbarian. With monsters, the focus has been on creating new foes and updating classics drawn from the pantheon of atrocities in our previous games, while using new processes and technology to their fullest.

To give us a better look at everything involved in this process, I now leave the rest of the update in the hands of our very own Art Director, John Mueller, and his team.

We hope you enjoy it and look forward to your thoughts and reactions! As always, let us know what topics you want to hear about in the future. Be sure to stay tuned, as we’re planning to delve deeper into the topics of sound design and endgame systems later this year.

Thank you, and until next time!

-Luis Barriga,
Game Director, Diablo IV

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John Mueller,
Art Director

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Our beautiful and iconic hell fiend, Lilith! This is a capture from one of the in-game cinematics rendered in the Diablo IV game engine. This level of detail is now standard for how we present the major NPCs, classes, and monsters in Diablo IV.

Hi all,

We are excited to do a deep dive on the character art for Diablo IV! This is a pretty exciting topic for our team, because so damn much has changed from Diablo III! You will get to hear from our Lead Character Artist, Arnaud Kotelnikof, and Nick Chilano, our Associate Character Art Director. They will be sharing a lot of cool visuals from our ongoing development related to character art that we’re revealing here for the first time. There’s a lot of ‘work in progress’ here; our goal is to give you an early look at content to get a sense of the direction we are taking. I don’t have a lot of caveats, though, as at this point the work is a very good representation of what you will see when the game is in your hands.

When it comes to the topic of character art, I can say we've had an epic journey during development, so let's pull back the curtain and take a look! First, I need to give a big shout-out to our amazing character art team, engineering team, animators, lighting artists, and technical artists—without them, none of this would be possible!

When I think back to the beginning, I think at the highest level, our goal was to make the characters in Diablo IV look as artistic and as hand-crafted as possible using the latest tools and techniques. Over time, our ambitions around what we thought we could achieve evolved and really solidified into what you see today. We wanted to use the latest tools and techniques, but we did have a concern about leaning into ‘realism’ in a way that wouldn’t have that hand-crafted feeling we felt was fundamental to a Blizzard game. We didn’t want the characters to feel procedural or generic because of these processes. We also embraced realism in terms of materials and character appearance. I think the touchpoint being the amazing pre-rendered look from the Diablo III cinematics. We loved those and it felt like a strong foundation to build upon in regards to the characters and achieving that warm quality that came through in the cinematics but in a real-time game environment. We thought it was ambitious, but possible. This of course is a simplified summary of the thousands of conversations it took to achieve the results we have today, but what's meaningful is that during the journey nobody was arguing for our limitations. Nobody ever said we shouldn't, we couldn't, or we can't...everyone said yes, even when it meant starting over or throwing out work, everyone really pushed and brought their best to this work. I think this is one of the truly unique aspects of Blizzard...we all said 'Yes, and...' instead of 'No, because...' it's a wonderful aspect of working here.

That singular focus and commitment to quality led us down a very long, winding, and challenging path to where we are today. The challenges required us to completely rebuild our rendering engine and authoring tools. We needed to assemble a world-class character team comprised of artists, tools engineers, rigging specialists, lighting and surfacing experts. This was a complete overhaul.

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You can choose from a variety of personas and customize them with a slew of detail options during character creation.

We made massive improvements to the level of detail, the surfacing of complex materials like skin, cloth simulation, hair, fur, metal, even down to the details of the highlights of the eyes and rivulets of perspiration. We built a robust character customization system that is entirely new to Diablo and it was a daunting amount of technical character work. These solutions had to work not just for a single character, but for hundreds of componentized armor sets, different body types, dozens of unique personas, and completely unique art for five distinct classes (to start). This was an entirely new challenge for our team to tackle.

I can say now (with the hard work behind us and the comforting steady hum of our pipeline) that it was all worth it. We hope you agree (when you play it) that it really enhances the overall experience of the character's journey exploring the world of Sanctuary and makes the story, the gear, and the ways you see the characters of Sanctuary that much more enjoyable.

Most importantly, we hope you feel the love and care we've put into creating the gear and characters you will see in the game. Beyond just living out my most awesome Barbarian fantasy, we're honored to bring this work to you!

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We call this our Lair scene. Players will customize the look of their character here in our exciting new Wardrobe system that allows you to mix and match hundreds of armor components unique to your class, alongside custom color palettes to create the class fantasy that best represents your character.

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One of the benefits of the investments we've made in our character art development pipeline is that now most of our story cutscenes will be rendered in our engine using the game models. In previous Diablo games, the high fidelity cinematic story moments were all pre-rendered. We will still have those amazing cinematic moments from Blizzard Animation, but now we also have cinematic moments that feature your character up close, rendered in our game engine. We have been working closely with the legendary Blizzard Animation team to bring as much of their knowledge into our process as possible. The Rogue Announce trailer was a really fantastic collaboration where we were able to push the limits of our tech and tools.

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The Rogue Announce trailer was created entirely in our game engine.

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We are getting to geek out about how good things look up close, but all things Diablo are in service to our isometric point of view. The fidelity we put into the characters and the balance of detail all has to work with our game camera. Those looking closely will notice we like to work with bigger shapes on the armor, and we tend to reduce things that affect readability. I think we've found a sweet spot of detail that retains the readability, works well with the environments, but also keeps things looking grounded, which is super important for this vision for Sanctuary and how we present the world to you, our most important critic.

While I’m really happy with where we have arrived. I know we are going to keep pushing the bar at every opportunity and at Blizzard, releasing a game is just the beginning! I hope you enjoy the rest of the deep dive on character art with Arnaud and Nick!

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Arnaud Kotelnikoff,
Lead Character Artist

Thanks for joining us! I’d like to dive into character customization and some of the visual improvements we developed for Diablo IV.

Diablo IV has more in-depth customization for your characters than we’ve had in any previous Diablo games. You will be able to change the face of your character, the hairstyle, the facial hair (beards and eyebrows), and add jewelry (nose piercing or earrings), makeup, and body markings such as tattoos or body paint. You will also be able to change the color values of your character’s skin, eyes, hair/facial hair, and body markings. Some elements will be class specific, to support the classes’ unique backgrounds, but many will be shared between classes allowing more possibilities to mix and match. You can see some examples of these customization options throughout this blog.

Now I want to talk about some of the challenges we faced.

Dark Fantasy Meets Realism Through Physically-Based Rendering (PBR)

Diablo IV is intended to have a look that is grounded in reality, and to achieve that we need to follow some basic rules of color value, such as PBR, which means our materials look and react to light in a realistic way. The challenge for the 3D artists is to transfer the color of a concept drawing to a PBR value. For example, in PBR, silver is a very bright grey, almost white, and the reflection of the material makes it look darker. All the characters in Diablo IV follow the PBR rules, to ensure that our characters look as good in daylight as they do in a dark dungeon.

Expanding the Dye System

Tools that empower players to customize the look of their characters help build a stronger connection to those characters and the game. Our dye system allows you to change the color palette of your armor pieces, such as changing silver to gold or replacing a white cloth for a black cloth, etc.

Each part of the armor can be dyed, including the helmet, chest, gloves, legs, and boots. You can dye each piece with a different color palette if you choose, or apply the same palette to all of them.

This system was challenging to implement because materials such as metal do not allow themselves to be dyed with inappropriate colors when they follow PBR rules. To address this, we added data to our armor that identifies specific material types and tells the dye system what color goes on what material, such as leather, fabric, metal, and other specific surfaces. The result is armor that is dyable in a range of colors that still feeling grounded and realistic in the world we’re building for Diablo IV.

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Here is an example of the Barbarian with various dye palettes applied to his armor set.

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An example of a Sorceress armor set dyed with three different color palettes.

A Close-Up Look at Our Camera

The game camera is one of our top priorities, as we want to make sure the character looks good and readable from the isometric perspective. It’s the first thing we consider in character development. That said, the player character will be displayed in a lot of different ways throughout the game, whether that’s the character customization screen, the inventory paper doll, social screens, and in our real-time cinematics, which will often zoom in for a closer view of the character than in the rest of the game. To support that, we have added an extra layer of texture called detail mapping—detail mapping is a small, repetitive texture applied on top of the material that bring more sharpness and detail to the main texture.

Every armor set in Diablo IV has two body types. Here is an armor set for Barbarians with some subtle differences between the two.

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Another example of different Rogue body types wearing the same armor set.

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Here is a video clip in slow motion of the Rogues, which we recorded in our real-time engine. You can really enjoy the details and see how the light reacts with the materials. You will also be able to see some of our customization elements that I talked about earlier. Please note, the environment is a test scene that modelers use to look at their characters and many of these armors are works in progress and subject to change and polish.

Here is another slow motion video of the Barbarians. Please note that all these armors are a work in progress and are subject to some adjustment.

This is just scratching the surface of what’s to come in Diablo IV in terms of character customization. The team is dedicated to delivering the best quality possible, and we hope that players will enjoy all the options we have available for customizing their characters in Diablo IV.

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Nick Chilano,
Associate Art Director, Characters

Hello everyone,

I'm excited to share with you our vision and our process for making monsters in Diablo IV.

With monsters, success requires that many different things come together, but it starts with the player feeling satisfied in killing it. That means the monster needs to visually match its gameplay and have a gory/demonic twist to it. They should look like something you have not seen before as well as taking something visually familiar and brushing it with a Diablo paint brush. That Diablo brush applies a level of detail, an understanding of gameplay needs, a level of artistry, and the demonic Diablo theme to all our monsters.

Visual Design and Gameplay Intent

For me, everything starts with a goal. Typically, it's a goal from design on what this monster needs to do and what the player experience should be. Making games is a collaboration. Sometimes a visual concept helps drive an idea, while in others a paper design is enough.

The Blood Bishop

Our game design goal for the Blood Bishop was to make a caster who would cast direct damage and create AOE bombs for area of denial. As for the visual notes, we wanted a high-level boss based on vampiric blood and magic. We knew we wanted to double down on the notion of a heart shape for the function of the blood magic. That naturally led to the notion of arteries creating these blood clots that explode to cast the AOE effect design needs. An exposed beating heart was the natural visual choice. So, the organic pulsing we see, the flowing arteries, and the blood-based VFX all combined to reach an aligned goal the team could get behind. The success here is when the game design needs were met visually in a true Diablo way.

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The Skeleton Lord

This process was similar, but this time we had a visual concept to work from.

This undead Skeleton Lord is made of fused skeleton and body parts, with sinew and blood connecting it together—something we felt fit our game visually. That led to a Design Lead wanting to create a fight based on this character. The Design team was able to create a unique fight based on bone visuals, summoning skeletons, bone walls to restrict pathing, and leveraging the giant staff—one attack has the Skeleton Lord smashing the staff into the ground and creating a shower of exploding bone shards. Even though the art was created first, the Design team leveraged its look to help theme a fun and interesting fight we all enjoy.

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The Right Artistic Detail for the Game

We also need to look at our assets from two main focal points. Our game camera and a closer full body size camera. This means we need to understand what is important and what is supporting these elements in terms of overall shape language and finer secondary and tertiary details.

Level of artistic detail is always a challenge. Details need to be readable for the game, colors need to group well, silhouettes need to stand out, as well as being built for performance and movement. Understanding this is key to allowing our monsters to look great from our isometric camera while also delivering stunning details up close.

This Spider feeding upon and birthing spider spawn from a bloated corpse has a great visual design.

The spindly legs and back thorax instantly tell you what it is. That thin look of the legs as it moves down to a thicker body give it a nice balance to settle the shape language from top to bottom. The saturated red of the spider, on top of the cooler and more subdued body, help pop the spider visually so your eye catches it as soon as they show up on screen. When we look closer, you can see the spectacular highlights on the bloated body, the torn and pulled flesh, and the bulging pustules. So, up close gruesome details are visible from the game camera because of the clear shape and color grouping.

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This succubus is another great example of an interesting and clear visual read from gameplay, with finer details that don't get in the way of the game camera but really raise the visual bar.

At the game camera we see a familiar silhouette. A winged demon hovering to seduce its prey and attack with magic from a distance. As you look closer, you see intricate details in the cloths, translucent skin on the wings, as well as materials like gold clasps, stitching, and embroidery on the outfit. We also see the wings are attached at the base of the head. A detail that needs a closer look to see but doesn’t complicate the look from different cameras.

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A Modern Pipeline

In order to achieve this, we needed a process and technology to realize these amazing and, honestly, disturbing creations. To do that we have built a world class team creating monsters and demons at a level of quality that raises the bar for the Diablo series.

PBR gives us the ability to create surfaces and materials that look realistic and accurately react to lighting in the world. Leather can look like leather, metals like metals, and organic surfaces can feel appropriately squishy and fleshy by comparison.

This Knight is covered head to toe in metal and fabric that reacts differently based on lighting. You can see nice details and material breaks on the hard surfaces that your eye expects to see. This detail grounds us in a world we all visually know and understand. The difference from a scale pattern of finer metal to large, hammered iron next to gold trim is readily apparent.

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Organic surfaces also are represented accurately in our engine. Fur, bone, flesh, and blood are all visible and react to light correctly. This is a Diablo game, after all, and we know these materials will be important.

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So that is a brief rundown of some of the things we look at and value when it comes to monsters in Diablo IV. We really enjoy creating enemies, monsters, and demonic creatures that bring out an emotional response from our players, from fear or revulsion to the excitement of slaying them in true Diablo fashion.

In closing, I'd like to say that there are moments as a developer where you are just making the game, day-in and day-out, and you don't always take time to appreciate the craft on display that you are privileged to see every day. I love that we are doing these blogs to give you all some insight into our progress and process. It's a great opportunity for us to reflect on the journey, share our art, and appreciate the craft of our teammates. We hope you like what you see, and please share your comments on your platform of choice. We love to hear community feedback—it's really been a labor of love and an honor to create for you, and we can't wait for you to play it!

Thank you for joining us and keep an eye out for our upcoming blog update next quarter!

-The Diablo IV Team

 
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Oh man, it all looks so amazing! When I watched the Rogue video, I thought it had confirmed my choice of maining one, but then I watched the Barbarian one and it made me quite conflicted.

Also, that spider-corpse thing is the ultimate nightmare fuel.

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This is looking hopeful. The character tweaks is a big deal for many players, well worth the time spent as it adds so much to immersion and getting lost in your game session.

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7 hours ago, TyZone said:

This is looking hopeful. The character tweaks is a big deal for many players, well worth the time spent as it adds so much to immersion and getting lost in your game session.

I genuinely never understood that in a game like diablo where a) you won't see your char's face 99.99% of the time and b) even in the cutscenes (which again, not happening after the first few playthroughs) will be covered by armor or will do that bizarre thing of no helmets in cutscenes.

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32 minutes ago, Starym said:

I genuinely never understood that in a game like diablo where a) you won't see your char's face 99.99% of the time and b) even in the cutscenes (which again, not happening after the first few playthroughs) will be covered by armor or will do that bizarre thing of no helmets in cutscenes.

It's just something you feel in your bones, man.

If I play a game where I accidentally made a doofus face at character creation, even under that helmet the vision will haunt me.

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Time to start saving up for whatever the game will cost plus a new gaming rig... 😆 Hopefully, by the time it's released, even the budget hardware will be able to run it maxed on 4K. 🤣

Anyhow, make sure you all get a smartphone by then, just to be safe. 😉

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      The update also discusses the game's monetization model. Kegan Clark, Director of Product for Diablo 4, mentions that Diablo 4 will be a full-price game with a Cosmetics Shop and Season Pass -- none of which provide any pay-to-win options.
      The Season Pass will have Free and Premium Tiers. Throughout the pass, you'll be able to earn various rewards for free, just by playing. The Premium Pass rewards you with seasonally themed Cosmetics and Premium Currency. The currency can be spent to buy cosmetics offered in the shop.
      The Season Pass awards free Season Boosts that accelerate players' progress for the duration of the Season.
      Players can buy Tiers-but they won't speed up getting Season Boosts. There's no way to shortcut getting Season Boosts by buying tiers, you must earn them.
      The Season Journey accelerated Season Pass progression. Here's an in-development preview of the Shop.

      Read the full quarterly update below for more information.
      (Source)
      Hello and welcome to our third Diablo IV Quarterly Update of 2022. We hope you enjoyed last quarter's dive into the playstyles of our final launch class, the Necromancer. That blog and our previous updates can be read here if you missed out.
      Today we'll be talking about some of what’s coming to Diablo IV after the game ships. This is often referred to as a live service, and we have ambitious plans here. Our associate game director for live service, Joseph Piepiora, and our director of product, Kegan Clark, are here to talk details. Everything they describe is in addition to delivering the complete Diablo IV experience, the rich endgame features you expect at launch, and regular expansions that continue the story.
      Many of you enjoy the Seasons in Diablo II: Resurrected and Diablo III and have asked for more extensive season support. We agree one of the most fun ways to play Diablo is through Seasons, so we're making the first one available soon after launch and building a dedicated team to bring you up to four Seasons a year, each with major new features, questlines, enemies, legendary items, and more.
      Diablo IV's Seasons are modeled after those of Diablo III. When a new season begins, all the characters from the prior season are moved to the Eternal Realm, where you can keep playing, leveling up, and collecting loot. To play in the new season, you’ll create a fresh character and experience the new seasonal features and content while leveling up alongside other players. This, along with capping paragon points in Diablo IV, ensures that your effort and skill—measured by both dexterity and theorycrafting —determine how powerful your character becomes. It also allows players who missed the last season to participate. This season design requires that all sources of character power come from playing the game, so you will not be able to pay for power in Diablo IV.
      You can read about our monetization philosophy below, along with details on how the Cosmetics Shop and optional Season Pass support and enhance Seasons.
      We hope you enjoy this update and look forward to your thoughts and reactions. Later this year, we'll be testing our endgame systems. We'll also be testing features that enable players who have completed the game's campaign to flag it as completed for new characters they create and allow characters on the eternal realm to contribute to seasonal progress. Finally, stay tuned for a winter blog.
      We're grateful to have you with us on this journey. Thank you for playing the games we make.
      -Joe Shely,
      Game Director, Diablo IV
      Table of Contents
      Seasons New Content Refreshing the Meta Improving the Game Live Events Season Journey Season Pass The Shop Closing Thoughts Seasons
      Hello, Heroes of Sanctuary! My name is Joe Piepiora, the associate game director responsible for game systems and our live service. Today I finally get to talk about our high-level plans for Diablo IV’s seasonal content updates. We are in the exciting position of delivering the high-quality, quarterly releases Diablo IV deserves.
      As our game director Joe Shely noted earlier, we are pursuing a seasonal reset structure for our live game—Diablo is a game about choice and possibility! We feel it is at its best when you get a clean slate to start from in a season, picking a class, customizing your build, and chasing down items that support it along the way. This affords us several advantages and chief among them is that we can really shake the box of Diablo IV with each season, creating unique experiences with each of our quarterly releases.
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      New Content

      We think it is important that players see that the game is changing in meaningful ways. Each season will be released with a fresh new gameplay feature and questline that introduces new challenges, mysteries, and possibilities into the level-up experience. This is something players should begin to experience before the end of their first hour of play. One of the benefits of our seasonal direction is that it enables fun, new ways to play throughout your character’s progression.
      Each Season's new questline will reveal more of the world of Sanctuary and your character’s place in it. Here, we get an opportunity to introduce new characters or revisit old ones while exploring the lore and content of the season.
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      Refreshing the Meta

      Diablo IV is a vast game—we want to ensure that we are keeping existing content and features in a place where they remain fun and challenging to participate in. To that end, we will always be evaluating the state of the game to regularly revitalize older stomping grounds.
      One clear example here is looking at the relative balance between classes, builds, and powers. Diablo is a game that is about creating exciting, overpowered builds, and while we don’t want to balance the fun out of the experience, we don’t want to create situations in which imprecise tuning squash creativity.
      We will also be constantly adding new legendary and unique items, paragon boards, glyphs, and more that will continually refresh the meta and create new build opportunities.
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      Improving the Game
      With each season we’ll be looking into ways to simply improve the player experience. As a live product, we intend to hold Diablo IV to an exceedingly high standard. We are here to build a live game that we can be proud of, and the best way to do that is by engaging our players directly.
      Based on feedback that we receive, the team will identify quality-of-life features and polish work that can be done to improve the overall game experience and invite the community to vote upon their priority. While we cannot always flip a switch to tackle something immediately, you can rest assured that we will be active in improving the quality of the game experience for years to come.
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      Live Events
      Sanctuary is a living world filled with people, creatures, and factions striving to meet their own ends. Attentive players should be on the lookout for new live events that will crop up each season. An example of a live event might be the warning of an impending invasion of the Drowned, which may last a weekend, or the arrival of a strange peddler amidst the crags of the Dry Steppes. These events provide gateways to new adventures and unique rewards.
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      Season Journey
      Alongside our major season releases, we see the return of the Season Journey. Players are pushed to explore Sanctuary anew, earning limited-time rewards with each chapter of the Season Journey that is completed. Completing the Season Journey is quite a feat, with the final step demanding the character overcome an extremely difficult encounter with an especially deadly foe. With future Season Journeys, we are regularly adding pinnacle-level difficulty challenges for players to complete, proving their worth and earning unique cosmetic rewards besides.
      Like Diablo III, the Season Journey is free for all players. Completing Season Journey objectives also grants progress toward the Season Pass, a new feature with a battle pass-style progression that advances alongside the Season Journey, enabling players to earn even more rewards just by playing. The Season Pass has both free rewards (cosmetics, premium currency, and gameplay boosts) and paid rewards (cosmetics and premium currency only).
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      Season Pass
      Hey everyone, I’m Kegan Clark, director of product for Diablo IV here to talk about our approach to live service monetization in Diablo IV. As we’ve discussed previously, Diablo IV will be a full-price game with a Cosmetics Shop and Season Pass—none of which provide any pay-for-power options. Our goal in designing our in-game purchases is that we want to create beautiful things which add value to players’ experience of the game.
      The scale of Diablo IV Seasons is much more ambitious than what we've done in the past on Diablo III, with a large development team dedicated to Seasons after launch. Diablo IV will be supported by an army of developers for years to come. With all the exciting plans we have for Seasons, we want them to be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of whether they buy anything from the shop. I’m grateful for the opportunity to finally share more with the community about our live service model.
      Seasons will add all-new gameplay, quests, challenges, meta changes, and quality-of-life improvements. The Season Pass recognizes players’ dedication, with greater rewards unlocking as you play more throughout the Season. There will be a single track of rewards with Free Tiers that are unlocked just by playing the game and leveling, and Premium Tiers which provide no in-game power or advantage over other players. The Free Tiers of the pass will provide gameplay boosts to all players—things which make the journey of leveling up a fresh seasonal character faster and more streamlined. In contrast, the Premium Tier rewards are focused on aesthetics, providing a huge value in the form of cosmetics and Premium Currency. Many of the rewards embody the seasonal theme, helping players show off their participation in that Season.
      Let’s talk more about what players can expect:
      The Season Pass has Free Tiers and Premium Tiers. Throughout the pass players can earn a variety of rewards for free, just by playing. At any point during the Season, players can purchase the Premium Pass to unlock the ability to earn Premium rewards tiers containing seasonally themed Cosmetics and Premium Currency.
      The Season Pass awards cosmetics. Like the Shop, these don’t affect gameplay. Additionally, certain cosmetic types are exclusive to the Season Pass.
      The Season Pass awards Premium Currency. Players can spend this currency on cosmetics offered in the shop.
      The Season Pass awards free Season Boosts. Boosts accelerate players’ progress for the duration of the Season. For example, a Season Boost might accelerate XP earned to make leveling multiple characters within a season faster. Because they affect gameplay, Season Boosts are free rewards for all players. We want to be clear that players can’t unlock Season Boosts more quickly through purchases--there is no way to unlock more boosts, or boosts at a faster pace, by spending money.
      Players can purchase Tiers-but they won’t speed up getting Season Boosts. Players can’t upgrade Season Boosts just by purchasing Tiers, because they’ll also have to earn level milestones to apply them. All other Tier rewards can be unlocked instantly by purchasing Tiers. In other words, there’s no way to shortcut getting Season Boosts by buying Tiers; they must be earned.
      The Season Journey accelerates Season Pass progression. While any play style can progress through the Season Pass, min-maxers can focus on Season Journey objectives to advance more quickly.
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      The Shop
      The way we approached designing the Shop and the cosmetics within it was by thinking about the experience we want players to have. We want buying things to feel good--before, during, and after purchase. So, if players choose to buy something, it should be because they want to, not because they feel like they have to. It should also be clear to players exactly what they are getting before they choose to buy, with no unpleasant surprises.
      The Shop’s cosmetics build on top of the foundation of a huge variety of transmogs from weapons and armors players will find in-game. It’s also important to us that the Shop is grounded within Diablo’s world, so our cosmetics are holistic fantasies, the individual components of which can be mixed and matched with transmogs from armors acquired in-game for endless customization options.
      A screen capture of the Shop’s internal beta.
      Let’s talk more about what players can expect:
      The Shop sells cosmetics for Premium Currency. Cosmetics give players even more options to customize the visual appearance of their characters. Nothing offered in the Shop grants a direct or indirect gameplay advantage. So, while many of these may look like powerful pieces of gear, they have no in-game stats.
      A screen capture of the Shop’s internal beta.
      The Shop is optional. Players can experience all core and seasonal gameplay features without spending money. Our goal is for players to enjoy going to the Shop, buy something when it catches their fancy, and walk away happy with what they bought.
      The Shop is transparent. It’s important that players know exactly what to expect before making a purchase. We’ve built preview functionality that enables players to closely examine every detail of the cosmetic on their own characters before deciding to make a purchase.
      A screen capture of the Shop’s internal beta.
      The best-looking cosmetics aren’t exclusive to the Shop. Diablo IV will ship with hundreds of transmogs unlockable from drops in-game, including dozens of armor sets of the highest visual quality. There are incredible pieces—Unique and Legendary quality items—for players to find without ever going to the Shop. The Shop offers more diversity of choices, not systematically better choices.


      Screen captures of Legendary Armors earned through the game (left) versus Armor Cosmetics in the Shop (right).
      Armor Transmogs in the Shop are usable on all characters of that class. Many of the cosmetics in the Shop are class-specific fantasies, which wouldn’t necessarily make sense visually on other classes. Once you unlock a cosmetic from the Shop for a given class, you can use it on every character of that class on your account. There are special cosmetics exclusive to the Season Pass which celebrate the theme of the Season and look similar across all the classes.
      The most important guiding principle behind the Shop and Season Pass is to create something players love, look forward to, and appreciate being part of the game. Cosmetics in Diablo IV create new ways for players to express themselves and never provide advantages in-game. Players will experience all the fun of Seasons, whether they spend anything or not. We intend to continue our dialog with players about Shop and Season Pass, and we’ll always listen and seek out the community's feedback about it. It is our sincerest belief that we can work together with the community to keep Diablo IV a living, evolving world for many years to come! Thanks for reading, we’ll be sharing more soon!
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      Closing Thoughts
      Wrapping up this Quarterly Update blog, we want players to take comfort in knowing Diablo IV will continue to evolve its offerings post-launch. The introduction of new Seasons, alongside live events, and a returning Season Journey will work in tandem to breathe variety into the game, while also reinforcing its core principle: empowering players to experience Sanctuary as they see fit. We cannot wait for you to explore these systems in the future!
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    • By Staff
      A few days ago, Diablo 4 Beta appeared in the Battle.net Catalog. However, Rod Fergusson dispelled all rumors about the Beta in just one tweet claiming it was just an internal only test.
      We've got some sad news for everyone who expected an early Diablo 4 Beta. Senior Vice President of the Diablo franchise commented on Twitter that the Diablo 4 Beta showing up on Battle.net was intended only for internal testing.
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    • By Stan
      Diablo 4 Beta has been added to the Battle.net Catalog, bringing us one step closer to the first phase of testing!
      Diablo 4 codename is Fenris. Here's the generated catalog diff file.
      diff --git a/tmp/diffJgeC6P b/tmp/diffsMafk4 index 041eeb6..c9e1706 100644 --- a/tmp/diffJgeC6P +++ b/tmp/diffsMafk4 @@ -517,7 +517,7 @@ "fragment_id": "default", "fragments": [ { - "hash": "c1daf5c69265b556e5419b09e39f62fb", + "hash": "b33e188c8a9383b43833856062dc17fc", "name": "anbs", "content": { "files": { @@ -653,9 +653,6 @@ "login_background": "anbs#ANUBIS_LOGIN_BACKGROUND", "login_color": "#000000", "logo_v2": "anbs#ANUBIS_LOGO_V2", - "milestone": { - "state": "new" - }, "misc_flags": [ "play_for_free" ], @@ -916,7 +913,7 @@ } }, { - "hash": "6324f499d1f45eae9864d88e33746e8b", + "hash": "8c4924256efc6894c96b02706ad25cd0", "name": "anbs_limitedcn", "requires": { "all_of": [ @@ -946,6 +943,9 @@ { "base": { "heading_text": "default#STARTER_ITEM_PREREGISTER", + "milestone": { + "state": "new" + }, "mobile_promo_text": "default#STARTER_ITEM_PREREGISTER", "mobile_qr_code": "anbs_limitedcn#ANUBIS_QR_CODE_CN", "mobile_qr_code_text": "default#MOBILE_QR_CODE_PREREGISTER", @@ -1166,7 +1166,7 @@ } }, { - "hash": "887357199e04b35d1267652aa605073b", + "hash": "087bc906e57a4c9b0a4320a5aee0061c", "name": "auks", "content": { "files": { @@ -1315,9 +1315,6 @@ "is_activision_game": true, "key_art": "auks#AUKS_KEY_ART", "logo_v2": "auks#AUKS_LOGO_V2", - "milestone": { - "state": "new" - }, "name": "auks#AUKS_NAME", "program_id": "AUKS", "quick_links": [ @@ -3990,16 +3987,44 @@ } }, { - "hash": "e1761bbda772458312a47b40072c74f2", + "hash": "2bf94f093d10fba8b45d7703e7c60261", "name": "fenris", "content": { - "files": [], + "files": { + "default": { + "fenris#FENRIS_BACKGROUND_V2": { + "hash": "40c6f05f9139335b59f3069285acef79", + "name": "resources\/fenris\/background_fenris.png" + }, + "fenris#FENRIS_ICON_SVG": { + "hash": "16f352a00cabe2e25a87943ea53f29c0", + "name": "resources\/fenris\/icon_fenris.svg" + }, + "fenris#FENRIS_INSTALL_BACKGROUND_V2": { + "hash": "aa61ec9f1c02734cf2421469ff443b4d", + "name": "resources\/fenris\/install_background_fenris.jpg" + }, + "fenris#FENRIS_KEY_ART": { + "hash": "d6d49ac1dd995f74fc548c65c70c953a", + "name": "resources\/fenris\/key_art_fenris.jpg" + }, + "fenris#FENRIS_LOGIN_BACKGROUND": { + "hash": "2981ab9ee05a501b84d39a3d1c27f6ca", + "name": "resources\/fenris\/login_bg_fenris.png" + }, + "fenris#FENRIS_LOGO_V2": { + "hash": "cb6347f2a025f6af5cbede616986b3b3", + "name": "resources\/fenris\/logo_fenris.png" + } + } + }, "fragment_id": "fenris", "installs": { "fenris_dev": { "tact_product": "fenrisdev" }, "fenris_dev_2": { + "deprecated": true, "tact_product": "fenrisdev2" }, "fenris_vendor": { @@ -4014,10 +4039,16 @@ "base": { "background": "default#GAME_BACKGROUND_DEFAULT", "background_color": "#0a0d14", - "content_id": "", + "content_id": "diablo-3", "default_product_type": "retail", - "game_background": "default#GAME_BACKGROUND_DEFAULT_V2", - "game_tab_icon": "default#TEMP_GAME_TAB_ICON", + "game_background": "fenris#FENRIS_BACKGROUND_V2", + "game_icon_svg": "fenris#FENRIS_ICON_SVG", + "genre": "default#GENRE_ACTION_RPG", + "install_background_v2": "fenris#FENRIS_INSTALL_BACKGROUND_V2", + "key_art": "fenris#FENRIS_KEY_ART", + "login_background": "fenris#FENRIS_LOGIN_BACKGROUND", + "login_color": "#000000", + "logo_v2": "fenris#FENRIS_LOGO_V2", "name": "fenris#FENRIS_NAME", "program_id": "Fen", "region_permission_flags": { @@ -4037,11 +4068,16 @@ "types": { "fenris_dev": { "auto_favorite_on_grant": true, - "type_name": "fenris#FENRIS_TYPE_GAME", + "selector_display_name": "fenris#FENRIS_NAME_BETA", + "supported_regions": [ + "GLOBAL" + ], + "type_name": "default#TYPES_BETA_NAME", "uid": "fenris_dev" }, "fenris_dev_2": { "auto_favorite_on_grant": true, + "deprecated": true, "type_name": "fenris#FENRIS_TYPE_GAME_2", "uid": "fenris_dev_2" }, @@ -4122,46 +4158,10 @@ } }, "strings": { - "deDE": { - "fenris#FENRIS_NAME": "Produkt" - }, "default": { - "fenris#FENRIS_NAME": "Product", - "fenris#FENRIS_TYPE_GAME": "Game", + "fenris#FENRIS_NAME": "Diablo IV", + "fenris#FENRIS_NAME_BETA": "Diablo IV - Beta", "fenris#FENRIS_TYPE_GAME_2": "Game 2" - }, - "esES": { - "fenris#FENRIS_NAME": "Producto" - }, - "esMX": { - "fenris#FENRIS_NAME": "Producto" - }, - "frFR": { - "fenris#FENRIS_NAME": "Licence" - }, - "itIT": { - "fenris#FENRIS_NAME": "Prodotto" - }, - "jaJP": { - "fenris#FENRIS_NAME": "製品" - }, - "koKR": { - "fenris#FENRIS_NAME": "제품" - }, - "plPL": { - "fenris#FENRIS_NAME": "Produkt" - }, - "ptBR": { - "fenris#FENRIS_NAME": "Produto" - }, - "ruRU": { - "fenris#FENRIS_NAME": "Продукт" - }, - "thTH": { - "fenris#FENRIS_NAME": "ผลิตภัณฑ์" - }, - "zhCN": { - "fenris#FENRIS_NAME": "产品" } }, "types": { @@ -4189,18 +4189,6 @@ "version": 29 } }, - { - "decryption_key_id": "catalog-decryption-key-fenris", - "encrypted_hash": "31c2b45e57b1123a91e04d055fb18dea", - "hash": "94e9911c1d2df8fad2a5bc7f3563f0f3", - "name": "fenris_fenris", - "requires": { - "licenses": [ - 93021 - ], - "type": "licenses" - } - }, { "hash": "ea7be96ec0a2357570181b86db7bd572", "name": "fore", Source: wow.tools
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