Diablo Immortalthe mobile adaptation of Blizzard Entertainment’s dungeon crawling franchise, will allow players to change their character classes while maintaining their overall progress, the developers said in an announcement on Monday.
Class switching is touted as a way to allow players to explore all classes without starting from scratch for each one. Blizzard says that when players change class, they will retain their overall XP progress, “receive a new set of equipped items appropriate for your new class”, and old ones will be kept in reserve.
“We didn’t want to force our players to make the difficult choice of giving up their main character progress to support an alt,” Blizzard said. “We also didn’t want anyone to feel like they had to maintain a roster of alternate characters to gather rewards and resources, or to meet the changing demands of […] other competitive systems.
That said, Class Change seems to support another mobile-specific – and therefore monetized – feature: cosmetics and other customizations. In the same post on Monday, Blizzard said it plans to “roll out a new cosmetic set for all classes every month,” which matches that month’s Battle Pass theme. Players who purchase the Battle Pass will unlock the gear theme for all classes, with more for sale in the in-game store.
Blizzard also hopes that a “pre-order” campaign for the free-to-play game will be interested in its cosmetics. From now on, iOS users can pre-register to download the game to their iPhone or iPad. (android players were able to pre-register on the Web or through the Google Play store.) If 30 million do it before Diablo ImmortalOn the (unannounced) launch date, Blizzard will give everyone a free set of skins, the “Horadrim Cosmetic set”, which is based on the Brotherhood of Horadrim around the world.
“We want your original class selection to be a meaningful choice, so we’re discussing the limits to [the Class Change] system that always gives you the freedom to try something new,” Blizzard said. “Because the process of collecting legendary affixes is time consuming, we expect players who focus on a single class to have certain benefits, such as a wider selection of available character builds. But the fun of exploring freely each class should inspire a lot of people to change things over time, like many of us on the team.
Diablo Immortal will be free, and Blizzard said all the gear can be earned by playing it regularly, but the game will also feature in-app purchases for players who want the bling more immediately.
Cosmetics will allow players to change their appearance without affecting their gear or stats, much like in an MMO. Blizzard has stated that it will create free cosmetic sets for factions that will unlock as players of that faction increase its overall Dominance stat. Additionally, as 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 Immortalvisual identity to evolve and grow over time,” Blizzard wrote. “We also want you to be able to continue to vary your character’s appearance as you play, rather than being stuck in one place.”
Diablo Immortal was first announced at BlizzCon 2018. The game is co-developed by Blizzard and NetEase. Blizzard Staged a technical alpha test for Diablo Immortal end of 2020 and started endgame alpha testing in April 2021. In August 2021, Blizzard announced that the game would be delayed to 2022 to address player feedback and make changes to PvP and endgame content, as well as to implement controller support.