Blizzard Announces Diablo IV At BlizzCon

Revealed today during BlizzCon, Diablo IV is coming and all the leaks were true.

A new, lengthy cinematic for the game revealed a group of fortune hunters diving deep into the depths of a dungeon, battling who knows what, and generally not doing a good job at surviving.

From the looks of it, this is one hell of a departure from Diablo III. Diablo IV takes place many years after the events of Diablo III after millions have been slaughtered by the actions of the High Heavens and Burning Hells alike. In the vacuum of power, a legendary name resurfaces.

The first three announced classes are the Barbarian, Sorceress, and Druid, as seen in the gameplay trailer below:

Blizzard also spoke about how Diablo IV is going back to the darker roots the franchise is known for, which as seen in the cinematic trailer means tons more blood and gore. I’m all for that, the cinematic trailer is pretty dark and seeing a game go for an aesthetic deserving of the story should happen more often.

Blizzard also spoke about the new technologies used to develop Diablo IV. From the sounds of it, this new engine allows developers to do things they weren’t able to do before and offers something much more intuitive for them to work with.
Diablo IV is being developed using modern technology that pushes the franchise to dark, new depths. This technology is at the heart of everything players will see, hear, and feel — delivering much higher fidelity and more engrossing experience. It opens up countless possibilities for the Diablo series, from smooth character animations, such as the Druid’s fluid shapeshifting, to the seamless, vast overworld players will travel across in search of the next loot-filled underground dungeon. Ultimately, Diablo IV will ground players in a grittier and deadlier world.