Diablo 4 was first announced at Blizzcon 2019 and since then, we’ve patiently waited for more news and updates on the game. Today, we’d like to share some of the most important Diablo 4 updates with you, including how to try to get into the beta.
If you’re waiting for Diablo 4: you're not alone.
A lot has happened since the Diablo 4 announcement was made at Blizzcon 2019, so today, we’d like to make your life a little easier and gather all the info that you need on Diablo 4 right here. In this article, you'll see everything you need to know about the much-anticipated game, including the release date, details on the multiplayer, beta and more.
Diablo 4 Release Date
For those of you who had hoped that Diablo 4 would release in 2022, take out the clown paint. It ain't happening, folks. However, you won't have to wait too long. Blizzard has confirmed that Diablo 4 will release in 2023.
When in 2023, we don't know. We could get lucky and get an early release, or we could wait a very long time... something that Dragon Age fans could probably sing you a song about.
What Platforms Will Diablo 4 Release On?
Diablo 4 will release on PC, next- and old-gen consoles, that being PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One. Unlike games like Forspoken, Diablo 4 will not go the next-gen only route. Will the graphics be affected by this? Probably, but it's Diablo... how much graphical goodness do you want for a game like that...
Does Diablo 4 Have Crossplay?
Yes, Diablo 4 will have crossplay for all consoles. That has been confirmed during a recent Xbox and Bethesda showcase where Diablo 4 was shown extensively (more on that below). Cross-progression will also be featured in Diablo 4.
For all of that to work, though, you will need a Battle.net account. I won't explain how to do that... I'm desperately hoping that you know how to make an account on any website... especially ours. Shoutout <3.
Diablo 4 Story – Mommy? Sorry. Mommy? Sorry.
The story of Diablo 4 is a continuation of Diablo 3, though the upcoming game is set a few years after the events of Diablo 3. In case you forgot what happened: the Gates of Heaven have been closed after Malthael destroyed almost all of the Sanctuary.
The High Heavens freed Lilith (like that was a good idea) and since we've seen Lilith in the trailers, it's probably safe to assume that she will be the main villain of Diablo 4.
Diablo 4 Setting
Sanctuary is growing. There are a total of six regions in Diablo 4, and even though you might remember some of them from the past, Blizzard promises that each of them will be unique and will feel new to you without losing what they originally were.
Here are the six regions that will be playable in Diablo 4:
What you see here is the current state of these six regions. This should give you a first feel of what to expect. Personally, for pre-alpha footage, this looks pretty freaking good. Imagine that + ten times better as the final product. I'm living, honey.
Diablo 4 Play Time
Joey Shely, director of Diablo 4, told Gamespot that the game will be a 35-hour experience. If your first instinct is to say: wow... that's not that long – remember that this is about the campaign only. I'm sure with everything else Diablo 4 has to offer, you will be busy with the game for much more than 35 hours.
How Many Classes Will There Be in Diablo 4?
There are currently five classes that have been confirmed for Diablo 4, one of them being my personal favorite: Rogue. Rumor had it that there will be six, so we'll see if we get another one. Since the game only releases next year, another class could be revealed.
The playable classes in Diablo 4 are:
|Barbarian||Basic, Fury, Defensive, Brawling, Weapon Mastery, Ultimate||A brute class of warriors known for their high damage, strength, and variety of weapons.|
|Sorcerer/Sorceress||Minor Destruction, Major Destruction, Defensive, Conjuration, Mastery, Ultimate||The sorceress attacks enemies from a distance using elements like lightning, ice, and fire.|
|Druid||Basic, Spirit, Defensive, Wrath, Companion, Ultimate||Druids are able to use the powers of the wind and earth to transform themselves into animal forms like wolfs or bears.|
|Rogue||depend on ranged weapon||Rogues will be able to use a variety of weapons, including swords, daggers, and bows, and can even cast shadow magic and place traps.|
|Necromancer||Bone, Darkness, Blood, The Army, Book of the Dead||Bring back the dead as a Necromancer and wield dark magic as you please.|
Diablo 4 Gameplay
On June 12, 2022, we were shown more of this exciting game during the Xbox & Bethesda Showcase, during Summer Game Fest. Here was what we were shown:
Exciting stuff, huh? Explore the huge world with hundreds of randomly generated dungeons without any restrictions and enjoy the world of Diablo 4 during the day or night and with changing weather. It all sounds super cool.
You can read more about everything else we saw during the Xbox & Bethesda Showcase here.
[Update, September 19, 2022]
Right after the massive GTA 6 leak, a 40-minute Diablo 4 gameplay leak appeared on reddit. The leak appears to be from a Friends and Family internal build and has watermarks all over it. It looks to be in early development which makes us believe that the game will release late 2023, rather than early.
Will Diablo 4 Be Multiplayer?
Yes, you have the option to play Diablo 4 multiplayer. You can either play Diablo 4 in PvP or in co-op, whatever you prefer.
Is There A Diablo 4 Beta?
The time has come: Diablo 4 is about to have its first closed beta to the public... well, at least a small selection of people will be able to experience it. Technically, every one of you can try to get in. All you have to do is jump onto Battle.net or use the Battle.net launcher and then select Account Settings. From there, you want to select Privacy & Communication and agree that Battle.net is allowed to send you news and special offers.
That's it. Now you're probably thinking: it's that easy? Yes and no. Battle.net could technically send you an email, but only if you're a hardcore Diablo player. Until November 18, Blizzard is sending out emails to the most experienced Diablo players out there. That means having played Diablo 2: Resurrected, Diablo 3 and Diablo: Immortal to a fault.
Should you not get selected during this time, know that Blizzard has announced an open beta for early 2023.
Diablo 4 Beta Content
What will you be able to play in the Diablo 4 beta? The Helltide Event, something that you would only be able to play if you reached World Tier 3 if you play on Nightmare difficulty. Additionally, to that, you will be able to play Nightmare Dungeons, a quest named Whispers of the Dead, and a PvP zone named Fields of Hatred.
Hey all, I'm loving all the energy and excitement about a Diablo IV Beta showing up on https://t.co/2SrGzd8wmI but you should know that this is an internal only test. Sorry! We will have more public testing in the future as we continue down the path to shipping in 2023! pic.twitter.com/LvR6mSTjTZ— Rod Fergusson (@RodFergusson) July 22, 2022