The legendary video game joke is not back in Diablo IV if we are to believe the producer of the title.
As usual, as soon as a new title Diablo made its appearance, the players embarked on a quest for the level of the cows. But why look for cattle in the cult hack ‘n slash? For those who do not know the story, everything goes back to Diablo II. The second episode of the franchise harbored a funny secret discovered by the players. Gathering the right objects then allowed access to a humorous zone where the usual demons and other skeletons were replaced… By cows.
While exclaiming a “moo” strangely civilized, these creatures then attacked the players by hordes as do all the enemies of the game. In reality, this level is inspired by an urban legend propagated by the players of Diablo first of the name. Visibly amused by the imagination of the community, Blizzard made it a reality in the second episode. Far from having gone unnoticed, this joke has become a real piece of DNA Diablo. The legend resumed with renewed vigor in Diablo III when adding an NTCW”not the cow level” three years after the game’s initial release. And what about for Diablo IV ? According to producer Rod Fergusson, players can stop looking.
Lie or truth?
During an interview with Kinda Funny Games spotted by IGN, the producer of the last episode was categorical. The level of the cows and its humorous tone does not fit the atmosphere of Diablo IV and has not been implemented in the game:
“We wanted to make sure the game was authentic in its dark and gothic themes. We really tried to make it as realistic as possible. This is why there is no secret level in Diablo IV that players could search for like in previous games. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be any in the future.“
The situation seems to be similar to that of Diablo III. The secret level was not implemented in the game and subtly slipped in a few years later. Since Diablo IV was imagined as a service game designed to last over time through numerous regular updates, the cows could invade one of the future seasons. And why not for next April 1st?
In the meantime, some players do not budge: the developers are lying and the secret is well hidden somewhere. Some objects reminiscent of those used to open the portal in Diablo II have already been spotted. This did not fail to put the flea in the ear of the community but for the moment: the searches lead to nothing. Given the efforts of the developers to reforge the identity of the Diablo franchise, it’s a safe bet that Rod Fergusson’s statement is very real. Case to follow.