BlizzCon 2019: Diablo 4 promises no real money auction house and regular content updates

    
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In the minds of many, Diablo III got a lot of things wrong. Whether it’s the anemic update cadence, the decision to use colors other than brown in its palette, or the real money auction house, there was hardly a decision made by Blizzard to serve the IP’s hardest-core fans well. According to the devs of Diablo 4, avoiding many of those so-called mistakes is the first priority.

In an interview with Polygon, executive producer Allen Adham, art director John Mueller, and game director Luis Barriga all discussed some of the larger issues that Diablo 4 looks to avoid. First off, a real money auction house will not be implemented, though there will still be a form of trade among players that promises not to be disruptive to the game. The team is also working to make sure to avoid launch day Error 37 server issues by using beta programs that run for months at a stretch.

Finally, Adham promises a more robust flow of post-launch content updates, though specifics on what that looks like were not given. “We aspire to generate more content at a higher cadence, and so we’re building out the team from the ground up in service of that,” he says.

Definitely check out our summary of the panel and Q&A highlights from yesterday!

source: Polygon
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Jim Bergevin Jr

How about making single-player games that are actually, you know, single-player? Even an MMO fan much as myself likes to unplug on a regular basis.

This notion that Every. Single. F-ing. Game needs to be or have multi-player is pure BS.

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agemyth 😩

People want every game to potentially be a second job that they pay for. Those games are failures and devs “lazy” if there aren’t monthly updates with new hamster wheels to run in. Sadly, big companies like ActiBlizz see more money in services, but hopefully little things like Grim Dawn will continue to come out.

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Castagere Shaikura

Just started playing Grim with mods and it’s a blast. Some people have come up with some great mods.

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squid

Harder to sell cosmetics in the cash shop if there aren’t other players around to show off to.

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Castagere Shaikura

This is why I liked Grim Dawn. Today it just seems like everything has to be online or people don’t like it.

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Bruno Brito

“We won’t shiv you this time, i swear!”

Yeah, i don’t hype mistakes being corrected. This isn’t a feature, this is the standard all should adhere to.

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JBNL

“No new taxes, read my lips!”

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Sasha Alex

As soon as they put up the buy button for the game i’m getting it.
But this will be a slow wait till the release.

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plaguedealer

I am betting may of 2021.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Interested to see how they are going to do seasons, because the level-up every season and then grind rifts was just boring. But, the game is years away, so who knows what of what we saw in the preview will survive.

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Arktouros

It was incredibly unlikely they would ever go back to the RMAH in their game. They had lots of articles around Reaper of Souls explaining why the RMAH was so bad for it’s game, many of those reasons the same as to why POE doesn’t add an Auction House to it’s game as well.

Simply put, it’s bad game design for a looter style game. The object is to get the loot, and if your easiest method of getting said loot is just farm up gold and then buy it from someone else that makes for a pretty bad/boring game.

All the people bringing up the spectre of the RMAH were always way off base. Now an MTX cash shop or season pass full of rewards… :)

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Baemir

Wasn’t D3 actually the brownest of all the Diablo games? It had tones of red and yellow too, but it was pretty brown. I think you should’ve gone for “grey” instead, that was definitely a lot more prevalent in the first two games.

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Bereman

Some areas certainly were among the brownest, though I think that had more to do with an element of their art that I noticed when comparing D2 and D3 for a comment I made on the website a few days ago…they tended to have one shade be the dominant one in whatever area you were in. Blue-grey, red, brown…

Compare that to D2, or D4, which may have more muted versions of the colors than D3 uses, but the contrast is often greater (they mention Rembrandt being an inspiration, and I can kinda see that) because one color doesn’t necessarily dominate except in areas where it makes sense, and colors are being contrasted against darker elements – either other colors or through shadows/shadowy/unlit areas.

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John Kiser

Hopefully it will be actual content updates and not just freaking seasons crap.

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angrakhan

Great! I’ll buy it. Call me in 5 years when it’s ready.