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How The Last of Us’ Clickers found their way into Diablo III Reaper of Souls

Blizzard explains how the surprising crossover took place

Are you sitting comfortably? Alright then, we’ll begin. On 19 August 2014 you’ll be able to get your hands on Diablo III Reaper of Souls: Ultimate Evil Edition on PlayStation 4.

Not only that – only on PlayStation will you be able to enjoy extra special crossover environments from Naughty Dog’s smash hit, The Last of Us, plus some cool tie-in equipment inspired by the PS2 classic, Shadow of the Colossus.

We grabbed two key developers from the Diablo III team, Jonny Ebbert, Senior Designer at Blizzard and Josh Mosqueira, the game’s director, to find out exactly how you’ll be able to find these new additions.

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First, Ebbert told us how these unusual crossovers came about in the first place. “We knew we wanted to make some exclusive content for PlayStation because we love reaching out to the hardcore PlayStation fans, and straight away we thought about some of those timeless moments, the stand-out parts of games that gamers have experienced in recent years. Two titles that immediately sprung to mind were Shadow of the Colossus and The Last of Us.”

During the PlayStation press conference at E3 2014, we were teased with a mere glimpse of the equipment sets that seemed to draw a heavy influence from a PlayStation all-time classic. Mosqueira explained, “You can choose right from the beginning to don the helmet and take on the whole Colossus look with the Guise of the Colossi.”

Whichever of the six character classes you choose, you can wear the Colossus armour without it affecting the power of your armour, Mosqueira told us, “Within Diablo III Reaper of Souls: Ultimate Evil Edition you can find a mystic who transmogrifies your items. You don’t lose the power of the items you transform but you do get to choose how they look, and we think you’ll agree the Guise of the Colossi looks pretty cool.”

When it came to adding content from The Last of Us, the atmosphere of the critically acclaimed title from Naughty Dog fit in perfectly with the new special dungeons that have been added as part of the Reaper of Souls expansion – Nephalem Rifts.

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Rifts offer the highest drop rate of legendary equipment in the game as well as unpredictable enemy types and environments – every time you enter a new Rift, you’ll get something totally new.

“Everything else in Adventure Mode is randomized, so with this one time roll you’ll enter a Nephalem Rift and find a dungeon with an ominous yellow spore effect and enemies from The Last of Us,” Mosqueira confirmed. “There’s always going to be a chance when you enter a Nephalem Rift that it’s going to be The Last of Us.”

Ebbert provided a few more details, “The new Nephalem Rift has a great theme and a weather set inspired by The Last of Us, plus you’ll see certain enemies like Bloaters, Clickers and Stalkers showing up to fight.”

Diablo III Reaper of Souls: Ultimate Evil Edition is coming to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 on 19th August 2014 – be sure to check back with PlayStation Blog for more details as launch approaches.

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I found it rather sad how few clickers there were in Last of Us. Some challenge rooms with only clicker would have been nice, even if just for a paid DLC. But what is a complete kick in the face of any Sony customer is how there is no upgrade (yet?) for all those ps3 purchasers to get the ps4 version for a FRIENDLY price like maybe 10 bucks. Not buying the same game twice. And hey, sony,even if you can get one million or so to buy it again, you build so much negative karma it will simply get your company in trouble, oh wait, you already are on the edge of bankruptcy. Maybe think customers first in future and start working your ass off.

LeftMonocle 17 June, 2014 @ 18:54
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First off, I think the ps4 version would be hugely succesfull. And providing a €10,- upgrade would ruin their sales. This business model is thought off and executed by Naughty Dog, not Sony. And there are no legit reports about Sony nearing bankruptcy.

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Haha :D Yes everyone knows sony is almost bankrupt even playstation division is making loss :( Sony walkmen? DEAD. Sony phones? DEAD. Sony vaio? DEAD and it does not help when fanboys say “bring ingame purchases and trick gamers into buying all their games twice!”

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@BaneyFunny do you own any Playstation products? because you really seem to hate sony. It takes a lot of work to move a game that was built from the ground up for PS3 to PS4 so selling it for “10 bucks” would not be a wise Business plan especially for a company on the “edge of Bankruptcy”

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Before making any daft statements about companies going bankrupt you might want to make sure that you understand basic economic theory. First of all at that level money isn’t actually real, it’s just lines on a spreadsheet. Also it’s important to understand that losses aren’t always bad. If you post a loss then you pay no tax, so by deferring the R&D and marketing of a new console and posting a loss for the year you can then take more profit from the sales.

And let’s not even mention that Sony is made up of literally dozens of companies and really only couple of their consumer electronics business are in any actual trouble. If you want to talk Sony as a global megacorp then Sony Music and Sony Film Studios alone keep the entire thing afloat, and they have a life insurance company that makes more than even those.

“We paid them to add them.” That is a straight forward answer.

If someone form Blizzard is reading this. Is there a good valid reason why we can not import our PC/Mac Diablo 3 characters to the PS4 version? I am talking a one time import and not to keep them synced across all versions. I would love to continue playing Diablo on the PS4 but I see no reason for me to abandon my 2 years of playing Diablo 3 for the console version. Create an app to export the characters in an encrypted file that the PS4 version can read and import them.

I’m more interested in hearing how Diablo III didn’t find its way to PS Vita.

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You didn’t hear? If you bought a PS Vita (like I did and assume you did), then basically you bought the equivalent of a fancy PS4 controller. Remember its part of the ‘PS4 Eco system’, its not like we actually wanted new games for our over priced lumps of plastic or memory cards you didn’t have to mortgage a kidney for!

Expensive PS4 controller not hand held game console with a rush of titles to enjoy on the move!!!

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Looking at the release schedule it seems like there is a lot of new games coming out for Vita this year, so I’m not sure I understand where the suggestion there isn’t any comes from.

Also, the reason Diablo 3 won’t release on Vita is simple: Vita couldn’t handle it, and Activision don’t support the Vita in the first place, so it was never on the table.

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