Diablo 4 release date: Blizzard coy on just when it’s coming out

Alonzo Simpson
November 10, 2019

Alongside Diablo 4, Blizzard also announced Overwatch 2, World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, Hearthstone: Descent of Dragons and Hearthstone: Battlegrounds.

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The word "dark" is one that was used a lot during the Diablo 4 announcement, with game director Luis Barriga pointing out that Blizzard want to take Diablo 4 back to "the franchise's darker roots". Players will be able to level up their heroes and earn lots of customisation options e.g. altering Reinhardt's Fire Strike to ignite nearby enemies or modifying Tracer's Pulse Bomb to cause a devastating chain reaction.

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Customisation is a bigger thing in Diablo IV than it's ever been in the series, with the game allowing players to fully customise their characters.

The Druid is a savage shapeshifter whose updated playstyle empowers them to fluidly transform between werewolf, werebear, and human form to unleash the raw power of nature's fury on the forces of the Burning Hells.

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Also, it's important to now that Diablo 4 will be online-based. This makes a significant shift from the player versus player (PvP) mode.

It does give room for a different structure, though. With that in mind, why mess with the formula for Diablo IV? Rather than going through Act 1, 2 and so forth, you'll be free to go where you want, albeit with some places being a little too tough at times to get far.

There will also be Hero Missions where your team is called upon to defend cities around the globe against robot invasions, taking on elite Talon agents, and battling the villainous forces laying siege to the world. As you start off in the game, the world is set to private. In part that's because it's created to be replayed over and over, with large parts of the game being randomised, making repeated runs through its dungeons fresh.

Diablo 4 will launch for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, although no release date was given.

Blizzard has already revealed that with a copy of the original game, you'll still be able to get all the heroes and all the maps that will be released for a sequel.

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