You can turn off enemy glow in Diablo 4

You can turn off enemy glow in Diablo 4

Something I pointed out when we discussed Diablo 4’s figurative and literal ‘darkness’ back in 2019 is that, although you can’t see it in the official gameplay trailers, holding the cursor over an enemy highlights them with a red glow, and hitting them makes them glow even brighter with whitish light. That’s a pretty normal videogame thing, but it does somewhat undermine the sense of being swallowed by darkness. Good news if you’re not into it: You can turn it off.

During a BlizzCon Q&A stream today, game director Luis Barriga said that Diablo 4 will include a suite of accessibility options, and that hit glow will be one of the available toggles.

“So, we really like how [the glow] works—the emphasis that it places on how visceral combat feels—but we have run into situations where specific members of the team find it very distracting, almost an impediment to playing the game,” said Barriga. “So, we do have it as an option as part of our accessibility suite. We do want to be sure that our game can be played by as many people as possible.”

The white hit glow was the subject of the question Barriga was answering, so it’s not clear at the moment if the red mouseover outlines can also be turned off (I’ll ask), although from the sound of it there will be a number of UI options.

To see the glow I’m talking about, you have to watch some of the gameplay captured by press during BlizzCon 2019, because the official Diablo 4 trailers leave out both the red outlines and the hit glow. I’ve embedded Game Informer’s 2019 video above so you can see what I mean.

I think it’s fair to guess that these UI elements are omitted from the official trailers because a certain amount of coolness is lost when ‘videogamey’ elements show up to help with visual clarity. In the end, I think there’s a pretty good chance I’ll end up agreeing with Barriga and keeping the glow on so that I can see what the hell I’m hitting in those gloomy crypts, but I’m glad to have the option to try playing with the plainer, less modern look of the trailers.

Speaking of trailers, the new Diablo 4 trailer for BlizzCon 2021 shows off the Rogue class, which we’ve got a bunch of details on here. We also learned how Diablo 4’s open world PvP will work.

One thing we didn’t get at this year’s BlizzCon is a release date for Diablo 4. We didn’t really expect one, though. It won’t be out this year, and I’m not sure it’ll be out next year, either. Back when Diablo 4 was first revealed in 2019, Barriga said that it could be a bit of a wait. In the meantime, here’s what we know about it.

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