Diablo fans, don't despair. After much speculation, Blizzard Entertainment has confirmed that the fourth game in the series is on its way.
The game's official announcement was made during the opening ceremoies of its annual convention BlizzCon, and it was among the most high-profile news to come out of the Anaheim event.
Fans have been desperate for official news for a number of years now, and were particularly disappointed when Blizzard announced mobile game Diablo Immortal at its 2018 convention instead.
Styled as Diablo IV, this new open-world RPG is set to take advantage of the immense power of modern consoles to provide an immersive and chilling experience.
When will Diablo 4 be released?
Although the game has been in the pipeline for some time, no release date information was released alongside its announcement at BlizzCon 2019.
The timing of the unveiling suggests a release date at some point in 2020, but Bloomberg are reporting that we may have to wait until the following year to get our hands on the game.
What platforms will Diablo 4 be playable on?
The Diablo series has always been a cross-platform title, and nothing will change here.
The new game will be available on PS4, Xbox One and PC at launch. However, Nintendo Switch has curiously been left off the list, despite clearly demonstrating its ability to handle graphic-intensive titles.
The may even release after next-gen consoles in the PS5 and Xbox Project Scarlett. If that is the case, we'd expect it to be available on the latest hardware, either with a dedicated game or porting option.
Latest Diablo 4 trailers
Here's the official gameplay trailer for Diablo 4, unveiled at BlizzCon 2019:
If you're looking for something a little more in-depth, check out a full nine minutes of cinematics:
For a game that's so far away, there's plenty of content already out there. See more on the Diablo IV YouTube page.
What can we expect from the game?
The US developer has assured fans that Diablo will be "very different" from Diablo 3, not least because it will be the first Diablo title to be available on current-gen platforms.
It is set years after the conclusion of that game, which might explain the long wait between games to some degree. Millions of demons and angels have been slaughtered in the fantasy world of Sanctuary by the Prime Evils.
Your main enemy will be Lilith, the daughter of Mephisto who has established power. This is a notable shift from regular foe Diablo, your principal antagonist in the first three games.
Diablo fans will be excited by the news that Gears of War head Rod Fergusson will move to Blizzard specifically to oversee the series.
Fergusson has been instrumental in the popularity of all four Gears of War titles, and will hope to translate some of that success to Diablo when he joins in March 2020.
Starting in March, I will join Blizzard to oversee the Diablo franchise. Leaving is bittersweet as I love our Gears family, the fans, and everyone at The Coalition and Xbox. Thank you, it has been an honor and a privilege to work with you all. pic.twitter.com/0FuO3RFYSQ— Rod Fergusson (@GearsViking) February 5, 2020
There will be five classes of characters, with three already announced - the Sorceress, Barbarian and Druid. Progression will be evident thanks to the included skill trees, while there will be greater opportunity to customise player appearance.
The vast open world will dynamically adjust the amount of players depending on the environment, with a high population density in settlements but large swathes of empty wilderness.
While Diablo 4 will only have online modes, the dungeons where the majority of missions take place will be playable solo or with friends in a party mode. There will also be dedicated areas of the map for combat with other players around the world.
We can be sure that graphics will look stunning, regardless of which platform you play on. In particular, the life-like detail of character faces provides a truly immersive experience. The game will take on a darker feel, reminiscent of earlier Diablo titles.
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