We waited a long time for Diablo 4, both before and after Blizzard finally ended years of rumours by revealing it in grisly detail at Blizzcon 2019. Years later, we are about to receive our reward for all of our patients and listening: the Diablo 4 beta starts this weekend, with the full release following by a few months.
Before its upcoming launch in June, Blizzard has been currently providing development updates about Diablo’s return. Finally, we can all explore it for ourselves due to the beta weekends in March, which gave us an early chance to enter Hell and discover Fractured Peaks. Here is all we know thus far about the classes, open world, and unavoidable endgame in Diablo 4.
The Diablo 4 beta tests for March have Started
A cinematic trailer for Diablo 4’s June 6, 2023 release date was revealed during The Game Awards in December 2022. The announcement of the release date, which came after it was revealed that the game wouldn’t be coming out in 2022, dashed the hopes of those who had been resulted to believe that an announcement of an April 2023 release date would be made as a result of a relatively consistent leak that had been confirmed by the Xbox Era podcast. Whilst there are some concerns regarding Diablo 4’s release timeline without some serious crunch, we are still less than half a year away.
The Diablo 4 beta is currently accessible to pre-ordering players from March 17–19, as Blizzard announced at IGN’s 2023 Fan Fest. From March 24 to 26, the Diablo 4 open beta will be accessible to everyone.
In Diablo 4, Characters can actually be Customised
Gamers can give their characters hundreds of unique armour pieces, as well as specific facial and physical traits, using Diablo 4’s character customization system. Although there are numerous barbarians, this one belongs to you. Players will be able to alter specific pieces of armour or entire outfits using an expanded dye system, which will allow for a wider variety of colours while maintaining a sense of realism in the world we’re creating.
But it’s not just armoured. A new element for the series in Diablo 4 is the ability to alter your character’s facial appearance. According to Blizzard, in menus and cinematic moments, your characters will get more close-up time than ever before in the franchise.
There are all the details that Blizzard mentions in its development update from June 2021:
“You will be able to change the face of your character, the hairstyle, the facial hair (beards and eyebrows), and add jewellery (nose piercing or earrings), makeup, and body markings such as tattoos or body paint. You will also be able to change the colour values of your character’s skin, eyes, hair/facial hair, and body markings. Some elements will be class-specific, to support the classes’ unique backgrounds, but many will be shared between classes allowing more possibilities to mix and match.”
The Three New stats in Diablo 4
Three new stats—Angelic Power, Demonic Power, and Ancestral Power—are being added to Diablo 4 by Blizzard. They each have a different effect, but they also serve as criteria for item affixes.
- Angelic Power: increases the duration of all beneficial effects (like self-buffs or healing)
- Demonic Power: increases the duration of all negative effects (like debuffs or damage over time)
- Ancestral Power: increases the chance of on-hit effects (aka increased proc chance)
Diablo 4’s skill tree
Blizzard describes Diablo 4’s new skill tree in its quarterly update for September 2020. You’ll use the experience you earn by levelling up to unlock new active skills, improvements for those skills, and passive points by spending on the branches of the tree. The roots of the tree are where you spend passive points to unlock extra benefits.
By the endgame, according to Blizzard, players should have unlocked between 30 and 40% of the nodes on the skill tree. This means that even within the same class, gamers will have access to a variety of builds.
A Battle Pass appears for Diablo 4
Diablo 4 will have a seasonal content system, with each Season lasting around three months, as explained in a December 2022 developer live stream. There will be a Season Pass for each Season, which offers rewards as players progress through the game’s levels by completing objectives. Like with previous Battle Passes, all players will have access to a free Season Pass, with a $10 premium Season Pass providing access to additional—and presumably, cooler—rewards. You won’t be losing out on any mechanical incentives if you don’t spend an additional ten dollars every three months because all Season Pass rewards are visual.
There will be an in-game store in Diablo 4, but outside the Season Pass and potential expansions, only cosmetics will be sold there.
Cross-play Multiplayer will be Available for Diablo 4
The good news is that Blizzard accidentally revealed that Diablo 4 cross-play will be fully open between platforms at the Microsoft and Bethesda Games Showcase back in June 2022 if you have pals who use Xbox or PlayStation consoles: “We’ve got fully enabled cross-play. If you have an Xbox, and your buddy has a PC, you’re going to be able to group up. Or you can play couch co-op.”
Louis Barriga, the game director for Diablo 4, has left Activision Blizzard as a result of the state of California’s complaint alleging harassment and discrimination against the publisher. The new game director was then revealed by Blizzard as senior game designer Joe Shely. Shely joined the Diablo 4 development team in 2017. Before that, she worked as a designer on several World of Warcraft expansions until rising to the position of senior game designer on Diablo 3.