Diablo 4 is just over one month from release and has hit a major development milestone by going gold. This is one of the final steps before any game is officially released. It is essentially the go-ahead and ok from publishers that a title is ready to be “shipped.”
“Going gold is a landmark milestone for the incredible Diablo IV team, who have all worked so hard crafting the next-generation installment of this iconic franchise…In Diablo IV, players can join the fight to save the dark and gothic world of Sanctuary from the Blessed Mother Lilith, battling demonic hordes on monsters along the way.
This also comes a few days after Blizzard announced it will be implementing a long list of changes based on the two weekends of closed and open betas in March. We talked through our thoughts and feelings about our time with the game on the Creature Cast a few weeks ago.
Diablo 4 may be ready for release, but it will no doubt be a live-service game that will see some frequent updates in its first few weeks. The Blizzard team was quiet hush-hush on details for months, but since announcing the beta weekends earlier this year, they’ve provided a decent amount of information and ramped up the hype machine.
In our preview, we said that “Time just melted away while playing the closed beta of Diablo 4 in all the right ways. It’s going to be easy to lose more hours in the open beta weekend that begins on March 24th, and again for what’s likely dozens more on launch. If you’re on the fence about giving Diablo 4 a go for the open beta, I say try to set aside 2-4 hours and get a taste of what’s in store. I didn’t need a whole lot of convincing, but I’m also confident that most of what’s offered in the beta will have even the most hesitant gamer wanting more from Lilith and her band of evil-doers.”