Multiplayer has been a cornerstone of Diablo since the days of reading off IP addresses over the phone, and Diablo 4 cross-play could take it further than ever before. Blizzard confirmed it's working toward Diablo 4 cross-play in an interview with The Telegraph (opens in new tab) at BlizzCon over the weekend, where the game was officially unveiled (opens in new tab).
"We're very excited about cross-play,” Diablo 4 (opens in new tab) executive producer Allen Adham said. “There are technical details and details to work through with the first parties, but it's our goal to get to cross-play.”
Short for cross-platform multiplayer, cross-play means players across multiple platforms can join up and play together in the same game. A few years ago it was almost unthinkable that members of the PlayStation and Xbox communities and beyond would be able to play together. Today, major games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (opens in new tab), Fortnite (opens in new tab), and Rocket League (opens in new tab) have all proven it can be the norm. There are still some wrinkles, like allowing cross-platform parties and friend lists, but the fact that it exists at all is worthy of celebration.
Diablo 4 will take place in a connected world, where you'll occasionally cross paths with other players even if you don't go out of your way to team up. The game will support impromptu co-op World Events as well as full-fledged PvP, though Blizzard is keeping details scarce on the competitive aspects of multiplayer so far. Not only would cross-play make it possible for friends on different platforms to team up (assuming PC players ever stop judging their console cousins for the lack of high-speed clicking), it would also make it easier to find folks to play with in any given activity.
Diablo 4 cross-play could even go cross-generational; while Blizzard has only officially announced Diablo 4 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, the developers have confirmed that they're keeping an eye on PS5 (opens in new tab) and Xbox Project Scarlett (opens in new tab).
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