After seven years since the release of Diablo III, Blizzard showed at Blizzcon 2019 the newest edition to the Diablo franchise with Diablo IV.
Diablo IV is an isometric action RPG that sees the daughter of Mephisto, Lilith, return. It will also feature a five region open-world map with day/night cycles and a non-linear campaign. Three out of five customizable classes have already been announced.
The release will come simultaneously for all the platforms: PC, PS4, and Xbox One. It is also being designed in a brand new engine.
For the release date, we only have the word “soon” thrown at us, but since the game is being developed for all platforms, it will take some time.
The new Diablo IV will is after Diablo III Reaper of Souls. At this point, the gates of Heaven have closed after Malthael, the Angel of Death, destroyed much of Sanctuary. It’s through Heaven’s ignorance of the events transpiring in Sanctuary that Lilith, the daughter of Mephisto and canonical mother of humanity, is loose from her prison.
What we know about the overworld right now is that it’s all open, with five unique regions and both a day/night cycle and ever-changing weather. Missions are non-linear, and according to the game’s director, you’re free to take them on however you’d like.
What classes are available?
For the moment, only three are announced:
The Barbarian has unparalleled strength and expertly wields an entire arsenal in battle, with a weapon for every occasion. He bellows intimidating war cries and unleashes ground-shaking slams to send approaching hordes reeling.
The Druid is a savage shapeshifter, fluidly transforming between the forms of a towering bear or a vicious werewolf to fight alongside the creatures of the wild. He also commands the power of earth, wind, and storm, unleashing nature’s wrath to devastating effect.
The Sorceress shapes the elements into whatever form is necessary to ensure victory, from hurling bolts of lightning, impaling her foes upon jagged spikes of ice, and raining flaming meteors down from the sky.
At the event, Blizzard released some footage from Diablo IV.