Blizzard has revealed a new development update for Diablo IV that details the reworks being done to the game’s skills and talents system.
“We’ve been reading through a lot of the comments from the community and agree that the talent system needs more depth,” Diablo IV lead systems designer David Kim wrote in a blog post. “Similarly, skill system progression felt too simple, which created issues where a player would have no meaningful reason to spend their skill points.”
So now, skills and passive abilities exist in separate sections of the skill tree. By leveling up, you’ll earn skill points that you can then spend to unlock certain skills, additional abilities for the skills you already have, and passive points. With passive points, you can unlock new passive abilities for your character.