There have been many rumors popping up lately regarding a new installment in the Diablo franchise, with even an official artbook leaking earlier today. Well, the game was officially announced today at BlizzCon 2019, putting all of the rumors to rest and revealing probably more than what many were expecting.
An “early look demo” is currently playable on the BlizzCon show floor, and a gameplay trailer was released that you can check out at the bottom of this post. While an official release date was not revealed, given that there’s already a gameplay trailer should mean that this game isn’t super early in development.
Blizzard President J. Allen Brack said the following about the game:
“Sanctuary has been a home to Diablo players for more than 20 years, and it’s with our own deep passion for the series and a deep appreciation of the community that we announce Diablo IV today. We’re excited to be returning to the dark, quintessential Diablo gameplay that players love while expanding the world and story in new ways, and we can’t wait for more people to be able to experience it.”
The game’s world is said to be seamless and shared with other players, with PvP zones being included. There will be a “lifetime’s worth of adventure scattered across a land rooted in unique ecologies and inhabited by dangerous new foes. They’ll delve into randomized dungeons packed with unpredictable adversaries and unimaginable treasures. While continuing to fully support solo and coordinated party play, Diablo IV will also provide opportunities for groups of players to encounter each other in the same shared world—whether to tackle bigger challenges . . . or possibly even slaughter one another in player-vs.-player combat.”
Three classes have been confirmed so far, which are Barbarian, Sorceress and Druid. The following is a breakdown of each class:
The Barbarian has unparalleled strength and expertly wields an entire arsenal in battle, with a weapon for every occasion. He bellows intimidating war cries and unleashes ground-shaking slams to send approaching hordes reeling.
The Sorceress shapes the elements into whatever form is necessary to ensure victory, from hurling bolts of lightning, impaling her foes upon jagged spikes of ice, and raining flaming meteors down from the sky.
The Druid is a savage shapeshifter, fluidly transforming between the forms of a towering bear or a vicious werewolf to fight alongside the creatures of the wild. He also commands the power of earth, wind, and storm, unleashing nature’s wrath to devastating effect.
Diablo IV is in development for PS4, Xbox One and PC, though a release date has not yet been revealed. However, much more information is expected to be announced at BlizzCon 2019 over the next couple of days, so be sure to stay tuned for that. In the meantime, be sure to check out the new gameplay trailer below.