Diablo IV will feature more than 150 procedurally generated dungeons

Diablo IV will feature more than 150 procedurally generated dungeons
NEWS Mar 31, 2022, 5:00 PM

Blizzard shared a boatload of new information and videos about Diablo IV's development in a new quarterly update. These videos focused on exploration and environments, each on a specific area within the game. The report also stated that Diablo IV will feature more than 150 procedurally generated dungeons to explore. For those who are asking "procedu-what?" It means that dungeons layouts are random each time you visit them on a different game session, something already usual in the Diablo franchise.

According to Chris Ryder, director of art and environments, the open world of Sanctuary, where Diablo IV takes place, will consist of five distinct regions and features a darker, less fantastical interpretation compared to previous titles. He also says that the game will use regional weather conditions, with biomes and lighting playing a prominent visual role in the sequel.

 

"When it rains, surfaces get wet, puddles form in ruts and hoof prints, the ground feels muddy, the atmosphere is heavy and damp. Contrast that by making your way into a hazy fire-lit tavern that instantly contrasts with the atmosphere outside, a rare place of refuge and warmth," explains the director.

 

 

Dungeons are simultaneously handcrafted and random

In the videos, you can check out Scosglen Coast, Orbei Monastery, Kyovashad, and Forgotten Places in the world. All under the two pillars that defined the visual tone of Diablo IV: "old masters" and "return to darkness" It's worth noting that the images represent the pre-alpha version of the game.

According to the Associate Art Director, Brian Fletcher, even though the game's dungeons are randomly generated, players can expect even more content thanks to new features that have been implemented by the team.

 

"In order to support over 150+ dungeons, we've had to shift the way we make environment art so that it's flexible enough to be used in multiple locations and not just in a single dungeon. We break it all down into what we call tile-sets. We would like to share with you a handful of our tile-sets, and a few ways we can mix and match them with props, interactives, and lighting to create dungeons that are varied, handcrafted and yet procedurally created."

 

Despite the quarterly updates, the game still has no release date. Diablo IV was delayed indefinitely in November last year after a leadership change, with Joe Shely taking over as director, and in light of the controversy involving allegations of harassment and a toxic work environment at Activision Blizzard. However, you can still check our Diablo IV game deals and guarantee your trip to the world of Sanctuary. 

  • Murillo

    Murillo is a passionate lover of role-playing games, fantasy books, and superpowers' anime. He has just begun a career in game writing, hoping to co-write Final Fantasy XVII one day.

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