Diablo IV is a dungeon crawler action role-playing game (RPG) estimated to be released sometime in 2021. Though an exact release date has not yet been announced, fans of the Diablo game franchise early await it. Just like the title suggests, it is the fourth installment of the Diablo series, developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment. Director Luis Barriga, Producer Tiffany Wat, Designers Jesse McCree, and Joe Shely will be bringing this game to life.
This game is playable across multiple platforms including PC (Microsoft Windows), Playstation 4, and Xbox One. Diablo 4 will be exclusively playable on Multiplayer mode and spans the genres of Action RPG, Dungeon Crawl, and Hack & Slash.
The game was first announced at Blizzcon 2019 back on November 1st, 2019. An official announcement for the release data by Blizzard has yet to come, but most estimates predict it to be released sometime this year. The game is confirmed to include classic Diablo features like re-playable, procedurally generated dungeons and loot-focused character building. Incorporated into the mix are new features like an Open world and player-versus-player (PVP) interactions.
Currently, four playable classes have been announced so far; Barbarian, Druid, Sorceress, and Rogue. These four are very familiar classes for players of the preceding Diablo games. The gameplay is also a lot similar to before, players are to guide their character through quests and engage in combat within the world of Sanctuary, as the once banished Lilith returns to wreak havoc in its wake.
A closer look on the Gameplay of Diablo 4
A closer look at the gameplay showcases the process of gradually obtaining stronger equipment by periodically defeating enemies of higher difficulty than the previous. Enemies are confronted with different character class skills which can be customized via equipment and talent trees. This core formula is needed to progress through the story and quests. The enemies are systematically split into monster families which are defined by theme, combat style, and location. Each such family contains its own different archetypes that hold various roles, making way for synergies of special abilities between family members. To make differentiation more achievable, they have unique silhouettes, stances, and weapons. The Creative director Sebastian Stepien has revealed that he intends to create a more “grounded” story than that of its predecessor. Thus the plot focuses more on the simple folk of the Sanctuary, as opposed to the politics, royalty, nobility and high-fantasy themes.
The four main classes are unique in their capabilities, much like before. The Barbarian can switch between weapons during combat. The Sorceress is an elemental mage commanding fire, cold, and lightning magics. From these, Cold magic can slow, freeze and shatter enemies to kill them instantly. The Druid can shapeshift between human, werewolf, and werebear forms, while also possessing Earth and Storm magics. The Rogue is a fast-moving combatant type alternating between melee and ranged stances, with blades and a bow respectively.
The game environment includes five traversable regions; Scosglen, Fractured Peaks, Dry Steppes, Hawezar and Kehjistan. In addition, Hell will also be a playable area in Diablo 4! Thus this game is a much anticipated title of 2021, for returning players of the franchise as well as new contenders! So gear up for this fourth installment of the epic Diablo series!