Diablo immortalthe mobile adaptation of Blizzard Entertainment’s dungeon-crawling franchise, will enable players change their character classes while maintaining their overall progress, the developers said in an announcement on Monday.
The class change is intended to allow players to explore each class without having to start from scratch for each one. Blizzard says when players switch classes, they retain all of their XP progress, “get a new set of equipped items appropriate to their new class,” and the old ones are held in reserve.
“We didn’t want to force our players to make the difficult decision of giving up their main character’s progression to support an alternate character,” Blizzard said. “We also didn’t want anyone to feel obligated to maintain a roster of alternate characters to collect rewards and resources or to meet changing needs […] other competitive systems.”
However, Class Change seems to support another mobile-specific – and therefore monetized – feature: cosmetics and other customizations. In the same post Monday, Blizzard said it plans to “release a new cosmetic set for all classes each month” to match that month’s Battle Pass theme. Players who purchase the Battle Pass will unlock the gear theme for all classes, and others will be available for sale through the in-game shop.
Blizzard hopes so too a “pre-order” campaign for the free-to-play game
“We want your initial class choices to be sensible choices, so let’s discuss boundaries [the Class Change] system that still gives you the freedom to try something new,” Blizzard said. “Since collecting legendary affixes is time-consuming, we expect that players who focus on a single class will have some advantages, such as: B. A wider range of available character builds. But the fun of freely exploring each class should entice many people to change things up over time, as do many of us on the team.”
Diablo immortal will be free to play, and Blizzard has said that all gear can be earned through regular play, but the game will also offer in-app purchases for players who want the bling right away.
Cosmetics allow players to change their appearance without affecting their gear or stats, much like an MMO. Blizzard said it will be making free cosmetic sets for factions, which are unlocked as players in that faction increase their overall dominance stat. Additionally, if 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 Diablo immortalthe visual identity of to evolve and grow over time,” Blizzard wrote. “We also want you to be able to vary your character’s appearance throughout the game rather than being stuck in one place.”
Diablo immortal was first announced at BlizzCon 2018. The game is jointly developed by Blizzard and NetEase. Blizzard has conducted a technical alpha test for Diablo immortal Late 2020 and began endgame alpha testing in April 2021. In August 2021, Blizzard announced the game would be pushed back to 2022 to address player feedback and make changes to PvP and endgame content, as well as to implement controller support.