Last weekend marked the annual BlizzCon celebration which came with many surprises. One of these surprises was the long-awaited reveal of a new Diablo game. Blizzard confirmed that Diablo IV is in the works and should be released for PC and consoles later this year.
If you’re a fan of this dungeon-crawling franchise, you might’ve noticed that the reveal cinematic looks sinister. According to the team, with Diablo IV Blizzard is trying to take the series back to its roots and make the new game darker, bloodier and more reminiscent of Diablo II than Diablo III. Oh, and the main antagonist is a female – the trailer features Lilith, a mother of Naphalem.
As for the gameplay, we got to see some of the new game in action. It’s pointless to talk a lot about the visual side of the game since the graphics are on another level. As we’ve mentioned before, it’s a lot darker but the models and animations seem to be insanely smooth. According to Blizzard, Diablo IV has a new engine that allows developers to make the gameplay feel flawless even without flashy spell effects players got used to in Diablo III. The gameplay trailer featured 3 game classes – mage, druid, and barbarian.
We should also add that Diablo IV will be an open-world game. Well, at least the world will be way bigger than anything we’ve experienced so far. Players will be able to roam the Sanctuary free, finding both allies and enemies. The world will feature towns and cities to make your trades and crafts happen, while some of the zones in the world will be designed precisely with PvP in mind. Oh, and you’ll be able to traverse the Sanctuary not only via Waypoints but via new mounts as well.
Blizzard confirmed that the team has plans to release Diablo IV on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch alongside its PC release, however, no date has been given. If the previous Diablo game cycle is of any indication, we should get our chance to play by the end of next year. Also, we sincerely hope that Diablo IV will be ported to next-generation consoles.