Blizzard has taken note of player feedback regarding the use of mounts in Diablo 4 and is addressing the concerns in an upcoming announcement. While the addition of mounts in the game’s vast open world was expected, some players found the implementation lacking. Certain design choices made the use of mounts feel like a chore, despite their potential to enhance gameplay. One major issue players raised was the late unlock of mounts in the game’s campaign, which limited their exploration options. Additionally, the long cooldown for dismounting and the inconvenience of dealing with monster barricades without dismounting made traversing the open world more frustrating than enjoyable.
Fortunately, Blizzard seems to have heard the community’s feedback and is working on improvements to make navigating the wastelands of Sanctuary a smoother experience. Though the specifics of the announcement were not mentioned during the recent Campfire Chat, the developers have promised positive changes in Patch 1.1.1.
oe Shely, one of the developers, has addressed the community’s concerns on Twitter and announced a significant improvement to mounts in the game. Now, mounts will have the ability to charge through barricades, eliminating a major source of frustration for many players. This change has been met with almost unanimous praise from the community, even from those who may have been skeptical in the past.
Although the Campfire Chat highlighted upcoming buffs for Barbarian and Sorcerers, the spotlight has been firmly on the mount changes due to their positive impact on gameplay. While there are still some areas for improvement, such as the speed limit in Region Capitals and the mount cooldown, this particular change is seen as a significant step in the right direction.
We're going to allow the mount charge to break through barricades. I realized I didn't state this explicitly during the #Diablo4 campfire chat today.
— Joe Shely (@JoeShely) July 29, 2023
In Diablo 4, players have been able to access various mount armors through the microtransaction store, but Blizzard has also been generous in providing cosmetic rewards through achievements and treasure goblins in the game. Season of the Malignant and its Battle Pass has even introduced a new mount armor, demonstrating the developer’s commitment to ensuring players have a rewarding experience over the long term.
However, despite the effort put into cosmetics and rewards, Diablo 4 is facing challenges in fully realizing its potential due to a lack of convenience features. Many quality-of-life improvements are still absent, leaving players hoping for more convenience in their gameplay. The developers have acknowledged this feedback, and while it may take until Season 3 to address all the concerns, the community appreciates that Blizzard is listening and willing to work together to improve the game.
The response from the development team following the backlash to Season of the Malignant shows a willingness to engage with the community and make necessary adjustments. With ongoing communication and player feedback, Diablo 4 has the potential to evolve into an even more immersive and enjoyable experience for all adventurers in Sanctuary.