Diablo IV Will Let Players Use Controllers On PC And Rebind Practically Everything

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Diablo IV will feature an array of expanded control options for PC users, Blizzard revealed today in the first of its new developer blogs. These will include the ability to use controllers on PC, as well as rebinding the primary skill from left mouse click to the keyboard.

Blizzard first announced Diablo IV at BlizzCon 2019 last November, giving players the opportunity to try out an early build on the show floor. The game’s lead user interface designer Angela Del Priore said in the blog that during this demo, and in the months afterward, fans asked for an option to assign primary skills “to anything but the left mouse button” in order to separate abilities from movement.

Del Priore went on to say that in addition to being able to assign any skill to any slot, every skill slot can now be rebound to customised keys. Blizzard is “committed” to incorporating this feature for controllers as well, she said.

Since this is the first time Diablo is being developed for consoles and PCs simultaneously, Diablo IV will include the option to swap freely between controllers and keyboard-and-mouse setups. Del Priore said that the user interface is being designed with both of these control schemes in mind.

“We try to maintain this sort of approach, of keeping established keyboard and mouse conventions while creating controller-friendly shortcuts or alternate flows, throughout the game,” Del Priore said. “Controller support shouldn’t be a limiter on how complex our game can be; it just means we have more paths that we need to consider. It’s not a simple undertaking, but we’re really striving for a native feel for both types of inputs.”

The blog also details changes that Blizzard has made to the Diablo IV inventory screen since BlizzCon, the option to move the action bar depending on player preference, how it plans to avoid screen clutter for couch co-op sessions, and the design philosophies behind monster “families” and the Cannibal enemies.


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    Thank you! The sole reason I prefer my ARPGs on console is because I just don't have the digital fortitude or wrists of steel to be madly clicking everywhere with a mouse anymore and a controller saves me from that pain.

      To be perfectly fair the only time you need to click like a maniac was only on D1... D2 was just point and hold same with d3 since you just walk to the location and then autoattack or skill spam oh what you mouse over xD

    I feel in this day and age re-mappable button assignments SHOULD be available. Not sure how this effects game development if at all? Anyone able to chime in with experience.

      Nothing really new.. just gives more flexibility to let the console players play on pc now. You could already rebind hotkeys as you wish on the original d3 and d2.

        Yeah understand, I was more referring to other games that get released and don't allow you to re-map buttons.

    This is cool to hear, and I hope it'll carry over to consoles with allowing remapping.

    My GF & I for ages would play Diablo 3 on her PS3, so for Christmas I decided to get her the Switch version so she can enjoy all the additions I've been able to enjoy on PC such as Seasons, Nephalem & Challenge Rifts, etc. But my God has it been annoying for both of us to get used to the swap between the action and attack buttons on the 2 versions...

      You know what would be one better, if you could have your character or game state accessible across the different versions of the game you own.
      Say if you buy it on PC and console, imagine being able to seamlessly play what ever version you want as it downloads your info from a cloud based server.
      Now that would be innovation.

        That would definitely be great.
        But there was something kinda freeing when I started fresh playing D3 on my xbox.
        Taking all the knowledge of the game and starting new on a different platform was kinda cool.

          Oh yeah I totally agree. That and the dodge button for console felt sooo good made me wonder why the PC version never had it. Either way Omega Hype for Diablo IV.

            Ohhhh yeah. That really bugged me when I first played D3 on my PS3.
            This was back when then auction house was a thing etc. I had to play on my PS3 because my internet was so bad at times that I couldn't play on PC because of lag.
            And the consoles didn't need an always on connection.
            So to me it was like they gave all the best things to consoles and screwed the long-term PC playing fans. I got over that eventually as they improved D3 and my connection got better but yeah that dodging on the console still felt to me like it should have been included in PC. It really did change the feel of the game.

              Dam that's right, I completely forgot about the whole being able to play offline. What a gem of a game though. really did suit the home consoles for sure.

                Yeah it did.
                Which as a PC Master Race person annoyed me no end. :P
                I also really missed the branch skill structure of D2.
                But there is something to be said for the simplification in D3.
                Playing on the console as well I found I would likely use all 4 skills a lot more just because it was a bit easier.

    I wonder if the preorders will come with a preprinted apology card from Jeff Kaplan for the pc/console version of choice apologizing for when the servers crash on launch & you can't play or continually bug out with gfx issues or dropouts?! :-p

    Gonna be honest? I preferred PS4 Diablo 3 over PC for this reason. The direct control over the character was actually legit great, made it feel like a much more involving game to me?

      Yeah I agree.
      As a long time Diablo PC player it took me a while to move to the dark side.
      But you do feel a lot more involved with the movement on console.
      Although inventory management is more annoying.

        Absolutely! Chances are I'll play that way in 4, and use the mouse then to do inventory :) Best of both worlds!

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