More than five years after Reaper of Souls, Diablo IV is officially on its way, but what's the current release date? Blizzard announced the return of the acclaimed ARPG series during BlizzCon 2019’s, where it also gave us a first look at its aesthetics, gameplay and revealed its first batch of details regarding platforms and release date.
To make it easier to peruse these details, we've gathered them all in this here article.
Diablo IV Release Date
Diablo IV's release date is still a long way out. Blizzard revealed that the game is still in early stages of development, with lots still to be decided. The title is developed simultaneously for PC and consoles.
It's, thus, unlikely we'll see Diablo IV getting a 2020 release date. Blizzard plans to update players as development progresses and when we learn more about a potential release date or release window for Diablo IV, we'll add it to this section.
Diablo IV Story
Details surrounding Diablo IV's story are still scarce at the moment, however, its reveal did showcase Lilith in all her splendor, pointing at her as the villain of the upcoming installment.
Lilith hasn't been seen since Diablo II, however, her role in Diablo lore is quite significant. Not only is she the Queen of Succubi, but her union with Inarius also created the first nephalem (Diablo III puts players in the shoes of a nephalem).
Diablo IV also returns to the darker, gothic aesthetic that the first two titles are known for and from which Diablo III departed.
Diablo IV Gameplay
From what we saw of Diablo IV's gameplay, the title aims to both look towards the past and do its own thing, all while staying true to the series' hack 'n' slash ARPG legacy.
Diablo IV will launch with five playable classes. Three of them, the barbarian, sorceress and druid, were revealed during BlizzCon 2019. Where the Barbarian relies on brute force and weaponry to succeed, the Sorceress blasts foes apart with elemental magic like fireballs and bolts of lightning.
The Druid, returning from Diablo II, not only wields earth and storm magic but can shapeshift into werewolf and werebear forms during battle. Our article on character customization is worth checking out to get a clearer picture of how much you'll be able to make your own.
Diablo IV will not feature Ancient items, Blizzard hoping the change will encourage a broader range of playstyles. At the moment, Blizzard intends to allow players to earn consumable items that let them give non-Legendary items affixes that would otherwise be found on Legendary gear.
Mythic items, the stronger tier available, will likely be sought thanks to their powerful stats, although you can only equip one at any given time. Item sets will also make a return in Diablo IV but will play a smaller role than they did in Diablo III.
Runes and runewords are another facet of customization that players can engage with. Inspired by Diablo II's system, Diablo IV will feature two types of runes that, when combined, create a runeword. These runewords act as an enchantment of sorts, giving items new capabilities. Our deep dive into runes and runewords has more details on how they will work.
Players will also be able to freely customize their skill slots in order to create the build that they want.
Diablo IV departs from previous entries by having a shared world which players can traverse using mounts. As you roam around, you'll encounter other players that you'll be able to party with to complete quests, world events and farm gear. Enemy level scales so the open world itself won't have difficulty levels.
Dungeons, on the other hand, are instanced and can be tackled solo or in a set party. Upon entering, you'll be able to select a difficulty level. Similarly, certain campaign-relevant areas will only be accessible to you or your party.
The shared nature of the world, sadly, means that Diablo IV will not be playable offline. Cross-platform play is something that Blizzard is "interested in", and Diablo IV will also feature microtransactions, although we don't yet know their exact nature.
Diablo IV won't feature different-sized items, which is good news for anyone dreading the inventory Tetris of the first two entries in the series.
Alongside the traditional keyboard & mouse, Diablo IV will also support controllers on PC. To this extent, the game's UI will be more unified and make more use of grid-based layouts that provide optimal navigation on both control methods without limiting one or the other.
Diablo IV's monsters will be classified in families made up of different archetypes. Each family has its own combat style, its different archetypes fulfilling different roles.
As an example, the Drowned family includes the following archetypes: bruiser, ranged combat, melee combat, swarmer, and dungeon boss. Where swarmers strike in groups, bruisers are large foes with sizeable health pools. In combat, melee units can also act as shields for their ranged peers.
Aside from the Drowned and the Fallen, Diablo IV introduced the Cannibals as its third monster family. A gruesome bunch of humans with a taste for flesh and grotesque dismemberment, their family is made up of four archetypes that focus on melee combat.
The Cannibals' two standard melee units wield a two-handed cleaver with a slow, sweeping frontal attack and a light halberd which allows them to close in distance by leaping towards players. Their bruiser wields two spiked maces which can stun players, while their swarmers dual-wield axes capable of fast attacks which can quickly prove lethal to a stunned player.
Diablo IV's different monster archetypes will challenge players not just through their different abilities but also through the way in which they synergize with each other.
Diablo IV System Requirements
Diablo IV's system requirements weren't revealed during BlizzCon 2019 which isn't all that surprising, considering it's nowhere close to launch.
Details about Diablo IV's system requirements are likely to trickle in as the game's currently unknown release date draws closer. We'll update this section once we know more. That being said, Blizzard titles are known for being rather lax when it comes to the required hardware.
Where can you buy Diablo IV and how much does it cost?
Diablo IV isn't currently available for sale, so there's no info regarding its price. Unless the industry goes through large changes in the years leading up to release, we expect the title to cost the usual 59,99€.
As for where you can purchase Diablo IV from, it'll likely be available on Blizzard's own Battle.net store and on the official console stores.