Everything we know about Diablo 4: Release date, betas, trailers and gameplay
By Max Freeman-Mills Updated Apr 23, 2023
Blizzard’s Diablo 4 is a highly anticipated game in the mega-popular hack-and-slash role-playing series. The upcoming game promises to take on a darker tone than the last iteration – a return to the grittier roots of the original Diablo.
Diablo 4 Release Date
Diablo 4’s release date was announced on the trailer during 2022’s The Game Awards, which revealed that the game will be available on June 6, 2023. The announcement came after Blizzard had spent a few years being very secretive about the game.
Diablo 4 Pre-orders
If you’re planning on a day-one purchase, you can now pre-order Diablo 4 across a range of platforms and retailers.
Diablo 4 looks like it might be another classic, and you can pre-order it now for $69.99 at Amazon.
Diablo 4 Open Beta Dates
Before its launch, Diablo 4 has had a couple of betas that let players test it out. A Server Slam test that was conducted on May 12-14, 2023, aimed to help Blizzard stress-test its servers even further. There were two other tests in March 2023:
- March 17-19, 2023: Exclusive Early Access
- March 24-26, 2023: Open Beta for All
The beta allowed players to try out the entirety of the game’s prologue and first act. Participants also got a chance to reach level 25 before finishing the beta.
Diablo 4 Platforms
Diablo 4 has been announced to be released on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and PC. There is no word yet on a Nintendo Switch version.
While Xbox is trying to buy Activision Blizzard, it looks like Diablo 4 will not be coming to Xbox Game Pass, which could be considered as substantial news for gaming enthusiasts. This may also suggest that the acquisition is going slowly enough.
Diablo 4 Gameplay
In terms of gameplay, Diablo 4 will offer a similar experience to Diablo III with up-to-date graphics and animations. The game will feature a bevvy of skills to use, along with gory, bloody combat. As we previously mentioned, the game developers confirmed that only cosmetic items will be purchasable in their item shop.
The game’s playable demo, shown during BlizzCon 2019, showed off three of the final five playable character classes: Barbarian, Druid, and Sorceress. Two additional character classes have since been confirmed – the Rogue and Necromancer.
The Barbarian is a hardcore fighter, capable of using a greater variety of weapons than other characters. The Druid can shapeshift to become werewolves or bears while the Sorceress can produce a large amount of magic. The Rogue excels in ranged fire and subterfuge while the Necromancer conjures wraiths and zombies to fight alongside it.
The biggest difference between Diablo 4 and its predecessors is that the entire game will be set in a persistently online open-world map where you can explore and encounter other players, although you can also opt to play the game alone. There will be shared raids, boss battles, and the like. There is also a new skill system and talent tree as per Eurogamer reports. The endgame draws will be challenging content and generous rewards for the most dedicated players.
At the end of March 2022, Blizzard shared a major update on the game’s progress, including snippets of footage of some of the locations that players will be visiting in Diablo 4.
It’s encouraging to see the game sticking to its dark and moody roots from when Diablo made its debut. The previous iteration was criticized for being too “cartoon-like” and brightly colored.
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According to https://www.pocket-lint.com/diablo-4-iv-release-date-platforms-gameplay-pre-order-trailers/
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