Blizzard is continuing the acceleration of their console initiative by bringing Diablo III and its new expansion, Reaper Of Souls, to the PS4 later this year. We had the opportunity to sit down with Julia Humphreys and Matthew Berger of Blizzard to get the inside scoop on the Ultimate Evil Edition and the different features that were implemented to tailor the Diablo III experience to PS4 players.

D3X_BlizzCon_PS4_Westmarch_AD_31Much like the PS3 version of Diablo III, player movement is controlled using the analog sticks, and the point and click elements of the game have been omitted. Players can evade via dive roll by using the right analog stick, and overall directional movement is controlled with the left analog. Spells can be conjured using the face and trigger buttons and are directed where the player is facing. The controls on the PS4 version were quick, and felt even more responsive than that of the PS3 version, a testament to the benefit of the game being ported to a next-gen platform.

D3X_BlizzCon_PS4_Westmarch_AD_03One thing that Humphreys and Berger emphasized was the addition of local multiplayer capability: The ability for gamers to sit in the same room and play a game on the same television is slowly but surely being omitted from many titles nowadays, but the Ultimate Evil Edition gives players the vintage option of sharing a screen with pals as well as allowing for everyone to connect over the PlayStation Network. Players can also seamlessly drop in and out of the game arcade style, without any stoppage in action.

D3X_BlizzCon_PS4_UI_AD_05The Ultimate Evil Edition also includes all of the classes from the Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls expansion, Acts I-V of the game in their entirety, an item-gifting system that allows players to share scavenged items, a new apprentice mode that gives players a side-kick to aid them on their journeys, and a new system called Nemesis Kills, which enables players to avenge the death of friends remotely to earn special bonuses.

My 30 minutes of hands-on time with the game at PAX were very interesting, and from the looks of things, the PS4 version of Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls will have more content packed into it than the PC version that’s currently out. Mix that with the fact that Blizzard was spot on tailoring the experience to the PlayStation 4, and you’re in for some fun, time-consuming, demon-slaying action.

The Ultimate Evil Edition will hit stores sometime later this year.

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