Blizzard kicked off BlizzCon 2019 with a big reveal: Diablo IV. The new installment in the beloved dungeon crawler series is in development for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, and it looks to embrace the franchise’s darker roots.
The reveal came by way of an extended cinematic trailer, which set the tone for the game’s darker, more horrific bent. Game director Luis Barriga took the stage following the trailer to shed more light on the title. Barriga summed up Diablo IV in three words: darkness, world, and legacy.
“The first thing you will notice is we are going back to the franchise’s darker roots,” Barriga said. “It’ll mean blood and gore. It’ll mean occult symbols and rituals. More importantly, it’ll mean victories are neither clean nor guaranteed.”
Three classes have been confirmed for the game at launch: Mage, (relies on fire, ice, and lightning magic in long-range combat); Barbarian (relies on swords, clubs, and axes in close-range combat); and Druid (relies on lightning, wind, and transformation magic in mid-range combat).
Diablo IV was actually leaked ahead of its BlizzCon 2019 announcement. German magazine GameStar published an advertisement for The Art of Diablo, a book that includes over 500 pieces of artwork from the Diablo franchise. In the advertisement, you can see that the book includes art from Diablo, Diablo II, Diablo III, and Diablo IV–revealing the existence of the fourth game weeks ahead of Blizzard’s official announcement. Then, the day before BlizzCon, Reddit user PracticalBrush12–who’s has a track history for reliably leaking Diablo content–released most of Diablo IV’s details.
A June 2019 report stated that Blizzard cancelled a Starcraft first-person shooter in order to focus on developing Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2 (which has also been announced at BlizzCon 2019). Blizzard has not confirmed whether the report is true.
Last year, fans speculated Diablo IV would be announced at BlizzCon 2018. That ended up not being the case, and Blizzard instead revealed it had been working on a Diablo Immortal, a mobile game.
from GameSpot – Game News https://www.gamespot.com/articles/diablo-4-announced-at-blizzcon-2019/1100-6471089/