Diablo 4: Smart loot and swapping between players

Diablo 4: Smart loot and swapping between players


For the past week, we’ve been allowed various leaks on Diablo 4, from “friends and family” beta players, despite their non-disclosure agreement. We were treated to some screenshots of character builds, difficulty modes, and more a few days ago. Other information has arrived regarding the game’s systems, including the famous loot system, which is at the heart of the gameplay. Developers have to pull their hair out, trying to reconcile two communities that are very different, with sometimes diametrically opposed expectations for the same game. On the one hand, there are the “old people” of Diablo 2, and now Diablo 2 Risen , who like it. exchange items, and on the other hand, players of Diablo 3 and other games with a more modern design, who like to get good items without going through referees.

Clever loot and how it works

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to many players, but Diablo 4 uses a smart loot system to determine what you get with your character (smart loot). If you’re not familiar with this term, it’s the same as in Diablo 3, and most modern casual games where looting is done randomly. This means that The types of objects found, as well as their properties are changed for your class. If you are playing a mage, you will get equipment of this class, and not an ax meant for a scholar for example. The advantage of this system is that it makes it easy to prepare yourself, even on your own, and upgrade your equipment from time to time. It makes it possible to not rely too much on luck, or exchange with other players.

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Exchanges between players are limited

Obviously, with a system like smartloot, there is little need to trade items with other players to progress (like Diablo 2 and Path of Exile to some extent). Therefore, many items cannot be given or transferred to other players, such as legendary items, sets, gold and other high value items. It seems that trading is limited to common objects and pit signs. This may discourage players who like to trade in-game, but free trade has serious consequences. The first of these is that it opens the door to bot sites and selling products through third-party websites. The alternative, tried in Diablo 3, and the auction house, is probably not an option that many players want either. In fact, this can turn Diablo 4 into a pay-to-win game, since it will be enough to pay someone else’s site to receive the equipment of your dreams. Except that in this form, the dangers of scandal are more than everywhere.

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Blizzard is probably still testing a smart loot system, and it’s hard to get all the details through leaks. But from our point of view, the current trading system of Diablo 3 would be the right compromise. The rules are simple, items found by players in the same group or the same game can be exchanged freely for a few hours, without limitations. This invites group play, and rewards this practice. This helps a friend or family member find the item you want. All without the negative effects listed above, as resale sites and bots would not be able to trade or sell these items, unless they farm with their customers, which is not a real option. In any case, this in-group exchange system doesn’t seem to exist in Diablo 4 at the moment.

For players who like to experiment and have a little surprise in the loot, just adjust the smart level of the loot, for example, by giving 75% smart items, and 25% random items that can be of other types. If they can be transferred to his lists, or to his friends in the group, that makes it even more interesting.