Blizzard is also implementing a system that will let you carry over your characters from current-gen to next-gen.
Speaking to AusGamers Diablo III console senior level designer Matthew Berger confirmed that Blizzard indeed plans to port the recently announced Diablo III expansion pack: Reaper of Souls, to the console version of the game. Additionally, he revealed that players who buy the game on current-gen consoles now will be able to carry their characters over if they purchase the game on next-gen consoles next year.
“So, is it going to come to console? Yes. Obviously we wanna bring this expansion to console, we don’t exactly know how we’re going to do it yet (we haven’t announced that), and we’re going to treat the expansion in the same way we treated Diablo III when we moved it onto console, which means that we have to make sure that it is adapted to the console eco system in a way that is going to play the best way possible.”
As for the next-gen carry-over, Berger said “We haven’t done it yet but our engineers tell us that we can and since that’s what we want to [happen], that’s our plan.” Other games that are receiving a current and next-gen release, such as Call of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4, have also announced similar upgrade schemes for carrying over stats.
Diablo III game director Josh Mosqueira also added that the team plans to make use of all the fancy new features next-gen consoles are touting, such as recording and uploading gameplay with the PlayStation 4’s “share” button.
Lastly, the Mosqueira briefly touched on the M.I.A PvP patch. When asked if it would see simultaneous console release when it finally came out on PC, Mosqueira said no, it wouldn’t, but this is only so the team can take the proper amount of time to really fix it up for the console version.