Blizzard has released another quarterly update to the Diablo 4 Dev Diaries. It has been dedicated to various aspects of the game, from skills and special effects.
+Skill Rank Affixes
In Diablo 4, +Skill Rank Affixes will make a comeback so that certain items will give bonuses to specific skills, and the more bonus points they offer, the more powerful and valuable the skill becomes. And even if the skill has not yet been unlocked, it will still be possible to use it in this outfit. All in all, it is a great way to try out new skills before upgrading them.
The new game of the Diablo series will be more friendly to trophy hunters because it will be easier to find specific items: monsters will be pickier about them. For example, maces, crossbows, and boots will often drop from bandits. And to get the legendary pants most likely will be from the drowned.
New NPC, the Occultist, helps transfer legendary abilities from unused gear to other items. It separates the legendary power of the weapon into a unique item, Essence. After that, Essence can be used on a rare item, upgrading it to legendary and endowing it with this extraordinary power.
After reaching level 50, players start earning Paragon Points, just like in Diablo 3. But instead of investing in stat upgrades, Diablo 4 players will be able to unlock new nodes on the Paragon board. There may be nodes that give bonus characteristics, effects, and even legendary powers. Some can even contain special characters.
Visual effects in Diablo 4
Blizzard says that every effect plays a role in the final composition of the game. It is essential to understand the context of an effect and how it best serves your experience. One of the most spectacular innovations is that classes will have unique effects to kill enemies, so-called Skill-Driven Deaths. For instance, Sorceresses will freeze and burn monsters, barbarians – cut them in half or crush them. Rogues will gut them or poison them with acid. Druids will flatten enemies with boulders or explode them with lightning.
It is not yet known when players can get acquainted with Diablo IV. The company admitted that delaying the game release was not easy, but it was necessary. Teams need additional development time, and final projects will delight fans for many years to come.