Blizzard's next foray into the dungeons of Diablo is making a quality-of-life change that's sure to please computer players. Diablo 4 will allow players to rebind all of their skill keys, including their primary left-click.
What might sound like a miniscule change to some is a big relief to longtime Diablo players who have been using work-arounds for a while. Easily rebinding left-click means separating moving and attacking from that key's input, something that a "surprising number of players asked for," according to Blizzard's quarterly Diablo update.
"Adding more flexibility to our binding options had already been on our radar for a while, and the demo feedback helped confirm that this was a customization feature that players really wanted," writes Angela Del Priore, lead UI designer. She also notes that all skill slots can have their keys rebound, and Blizzard is "committed" to supporting skill rebinding on controllers as well.
The update also notes another major quality-of-life feature, this time for the console players. If you played Diablo 3 in couch co-op mode, you're familiar with the customary pauses a group would need to take as each player sorted through their menu screens.
Del Priore says that the biggest complaint from Reaper of Souls' couch co-op mode was "the inability to do anything while one player had a UI screen open." In Diablo 4, the team is looking to change that.
"For Diablo 4, we decided to focus on improving the favored two-player co-op experience and set up our core progression UI screens such that they can be opened independently or at the same time," Del Priore says.
Considering Diablo 4's focus on open-world events and social hubs, it's a welcome change. Finally, I won't have to wait my turn to ponder over which equipment should occupy my slots.
Announced at BlizzCon 2019, Diablo 4 is currently in development for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, and recently picked up The Coalition head Rod Fergusson to oversee the project. With a reputation for getting games shipped, that could be promising for Diablo 4's progress, considering we don't yet have a release date for the next Diablo.