Game news Diablo 4: release date, pre-orders … all hell ready to break loose?
Three years after its publication, we still do not know officially when Diablo IV will be released, which we are promised both as a revolution for the series, but also as the symbol of a return to the source. A situation that seems to be changing very quickly.
Diablo IV: bigger, more flexible, closer to opus 2
After Diablo Immortal, which marked the arrival of the license on the mobilewill it be Diablo IV’s turn to land with its legions of demons and creatures to be cut into packs of 20. Over 10 years after the first release of Diablo 3who had shared a lot while meeting with great success, fans are eagerly awaiting the return of the hack’n slash license.
We are promised one open world with 5 regionsan atmosphere closer to the second opus, five classes (Sorcerer, Barbarian, Druid, Necromancer and Thief) even more customizable than before, PvE of course, PvP, and a very close playoff. For many months, more very detailed blog posts come to present the different aspects of the game, enough to get a fairly accurate idea of the experience that Blizzard wants to offer.
It will also include microtransactionsand a system of seasons built around a season pass, which will only offer cosmetic items and themes. So far, Diablo IV is expected in 2023 without further details. But for a few days the insiders have been agitated.
See you at the Game Awards and then in the spring?
Rumors, more than insistence, suggest that the title could get a release date for The Game Awards on the night of December 8-9. Many sources, ranging from Tom Henderson to Windows Central, indicate that the game could be announced for April 2023and open pre-orders of its various editions during the ceremony presented and produced by Geoff Keighley. But that’s not all, then one open beta would be scheduled for the month of Februaryto fine-tune the game systems one last time and prepare the servers after several closed beta phases.
Because the launch is synonymous with anxiety for fans of the series who remember release of Diablo 3, marked by many errors which simply prevented them from playing. It also remains to be seen which Blizzard will move forward with for the economic model. Diablo 3 had been greatly affected by the problems surrounding the auction housewhich led Blizzard to remove it.
In any case, this possible notice would be given in a special context for Blizzard, whose takeover with Activision is currently being discussed by the competition authorities. If redeemed, Diablo IV, like many other titles, could lands quickly in Game Pass. This uncertainty may affect some sales, although supporters of the license will certainly not wait for an announcement to enter the fray.