First of all, it looks like Diablo 4 will be the best one of its series. In Diablo 3 we got to see a celestial battle between angels and demons, but nothing all that scary. Now looking at the new trailers (embedded below,) from the first seconds we can feel the lack of hope; the fear crawling down our spines. From the trailer, we already get symbols like 3 men required, only 3 survive. The game also presents to us, at the gate, a symbol of the main demon of Diablo 4, the boss, the biggest and the dangerous creature we can find in the game – Lilith. So when will Diablo 4 be released and what you can you expect? This guide covers everything we know so far.
(9-13-2020 – we’ve updated this guide to cover everything that’s happened over the last 8 months in Diablo 4’s developement, so be sure to check out what’s changed below!)
Diablo 4 Release Date
As of now, there’s no official word on when Blizzard is planning to release Diablo 4. At Blizzcon 2018, the game’s director admitted that it’s still a work in progress and not to expect the game to be finished anytime soon – “even by Blizzards standards of soon.”
However, when you consider the process of developing the game for both consoles and PC, and the impending launch of PS5 and the Xbox Series X, there’s a good chance that the game could launch withing 2021 or early-2022.
Diablo 4 Will Have a New Story-Telling Dynamic
Gone are the days of conversation panes like those in Diablo 3. For Diablo 4, there will be a mixture of tool-generated and choreographed camera angles that will improve in-game interactions. Real-time cutscenes will bring Diablo into the modern ages with more of a next-gen appearance and gameplay dynamic.
Diablo 4 Multiplayer
Developers are focused on creating the perfect blend between Diablo 4 multiplayer and single player games modes. With the inclusion of shared open-world elements, the online game will feel less like an MMO. To limit the number of players you come across, dungeons and key story moments will be limited to just you and your party. Towns, however, will be more like social hubs where you may encounter other players and teams, which is also the case where real-world events take place. On top of this, you won’t be forced to join a party if you want to play online, so playing solo will be an option. If you don’t have a crew to play with, new tools are being developed to help you find a group of players to team up with.
With Diablo 4 being developed for both PC and consoles, Blizzard’s aim is to make controller support seamless. You’ll be able to switch between keyboard and controller (on PC, of course) freely and when you feel like one will give you an advantage over the other. Both inputs should feel native to the game.
Diablo 4 will be Gory
Why is Diablo 4 more special and better than Diablo 3? Well instead of stories, we get to see how true fear can strike even the purest hearts. We get to see how the main villain is released, how the hunger for treasure and money can destroy a world, ah, we also get to see a lot of blood and guts all over the place, but in the most satisfying way possible.
Diablo 4 Will Have Some Features From Diablo 2
Enough about scary stories, let’s talk about gameplay. The most important thing is that the Druid is back in business! This comes alongside some of the features that we’ve been missing since Diablo 2, like runes and the freedom of building your character as you please. If you’re not into a handsome man with deerhorns, maybe the other two classes will get your attention: the barbarian and the sorceress, both of which have their own place in all this madness. Oh, I forgot to mention, you get to ride horses, how cool is that?
Diablo 4 Will Require an Internet Connection
If you played Diablo 3 on PC, well nothing has changed. But for those who played on cosose here’s the deal: There will be no way to play Diablo 4 without an internet connection. The good news is that this won’t force the players to interact. You’ll be able to meet random players running across the lands, but if you are a solitary wolf, nothing will stop you from taking on quests and dungeons on your own. If you and your friends want to make the game even harder or just have a good laugh as one of you dies in the game, you can do that too – the only thing that changed is that you will require an internet connection every time you want to play, just like in StarCraft 2.
Blizzard Went Overboard on Detail in Diablo 4
We can tell that Diablo 4 will be special, as talented designers who know how to create a dungeon have been recruited. We can also see a lot of Diablo 2, only in a more detailed view. Just looking at all the symbols and the way that, for some reason, they make sense! Not just some lines and circles in a stone. The acolyte who greets his Mother has a lot of fine details, making it look even more dangerous. The demons we get to see, in the cinematic or in the gameplay presentation are also looking pretty scary for some usual mobs. The bosses presented are looking damn fine, with lots of abilities and fine details. I sure hope that I won’t get distracted by their beauty when I will have to slaughter them for the glory of money and perhaps some loot.
The Rush For Loot From Diablo 3 Is Gone
Speaking about loot, Diablo 4 will also leave behind the “rush for loot” method of gameply that we had in Diablo 3. Loot will still have an importance, but you won’t be forced to snatch it up as fast as you can. After all, we want to play a game for fun not to rush items in the same dungeons.
At the moment, this is all we know about Diablo 4 and what it holds for us. We can only wait and prepare for the coming of the Lilith and her plan to bring the world down to her knees or whatever it is that she plans to do, anyway.