It's been nearly a decade since we last got a new Diablo game, and while Diablo 3 is well worth playing today, it certainly wasn't at the time.
Now we look towards Diablo 4, what lessons has it learnt from it's predecessors disastrous launch. Here's everything we know about Diablo 4 so far.
Diablo 4 Release Date
Blizzard are holding their cards very close to their chest with Diablo 4. This includes on a release date.
We haven't been given a single detail to go off. No mention of a release year or window of any kind. Long term, this may be best for the development of the game.
Based on the updates that Blizzard have been providing, we can only guess that a late 2022 or early 2023 release looks most likely.
Diablo 4 Story Trailer
We have received a few looks at the game but the official reveal trailer from Blizzcon 2019 is still the best look at the story of the game.
Lilith, Daughter of the Lord of Hatred, is likely to be the main antagonist of the game. Diablo 4 takes place in the direct aftermath of Reaper of Souls.
Cultists have summoned Lilith with hopes of taking advantage of the depleted forces of Heaven and Hell after the events of Diablo 3.
Lilith is party responsible for the creation of Sanctuary and thus the birth of the Nephalem, which is the character you play as in the Diablo series.
Diablo 4 Classes
Three classes were initially announced during BlizzCon 2019 with a fourth added at BlizzCon this year.
The classes are as follows;
- The Barbarian - Series staple who has been part of Diablo 2 and 3. The Barbarian is a powerhouse, heavy weapon wielding class, intent on one thing, dealing damage.
- The Sorceress - A returning class from Diablo 2, The Sorceress is an elemental mage controlling Fire, Ice and Lightning magic. Similar to the Wizard from Diablo 3.
- The Druid - Another class returning from Diablo 2, the Druid is a shapeshifter taking on human, werewolf and werebear forms. The class also has some magical abilities, controlling Earth and Strom magic.
- The Rogue - This class has not been seen since the first Diablo game. An agile class based on mobility and damage which can switch between ranged and melee attacks.
Who Is The Diablo 4 Game Director?
A position that hasn't always been too coveted, the current Diablo 4 game director is Luis Barriga.
This position was held by Jay Wilson for Diablo 3 but due to the launch issues, the auction house fiasco and subsequent game difficulty and loot mechanic issues, he was replaced.
Wilson was replaced with Josh Mosqueira in 2013 who turned the game around phenomenally. This was done the introduction of many game changing aspects like Adventure Mode, Paragon Levelling and the general endgame content updates.