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Diablo 4: Release Date, Trailers, Gameplay, And More

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24th Dec 2021 12:43

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Looking for news on the Diablo 4 release date? The next installation of the beloved action role-playing series Diablo was first announced in 2019 during the last BlizzCon. Since then, there has been much speculation on the Diablo 4 release date. While there isn’t a definitive one, we have some indication as to when we can expect the game to come out. If you want to find out more about the information we do have as well as what we know about the game so far, we’ve summed up the most important bits for you.

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Diablo 4 Release Date

As previously stated, we don’t have a definitive Diablo 4 release date but what we can likely expect is for the game to not release during the early quarters of 2022, if it does come out during that year at all. During the third quarterly financial call, Blizzard Entertainment had to reveal that neither Overwatch 2 nor Diablo 4 were going to be released in 2021, indicating that even an early 2022 release was rather unlikely.

The exact statement mentioned in the update was phrased as follows: “While we are still planning to deliver a substantial amount of content from Blizzard next year, we are now planning for a later launch for Overwatch 2 and Diablo IV than originally envisioned.”

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Furthermore, it was shared that Blizzard won’t be including either game in the financial contributions in 2022. However, while many have interpreted both games to not even be released the following year, at least in Overwatch’s case, community manager AndyB said the following:

“I’m seeing a lot of folks assuming a launch date in 2023 is wrote. Without being pedantic, I want to point out that there was no release date or beta date communicated in yesterday’s earnings call. While I’m not prepared to discuss dates with you here today, I want to quash the rumor of a 2023 release date as being somehow “official”.”

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While the wording is ambiguous, it stands to reason that the wording used in the financial call doesn’t prohibit either game from releasing content in 2022. On the other hand, depending on how cynical you want to be here, you could also interpret it to mean that it won’t even come out in 2023, as unlikely as it might be. 

As it stands, we have nothing definitive but plenty to hang our hopes for a late 2022 release on, though early 2023 is likely to be the more realistic reading.

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Diablo 4 Trailers

As per usual, Blizzard Entertainment had an incredible trailer to water our mouths for the coming release, once again establishing the gold standard for video game trailers during the announcement of 2019. 

PSA: If you just found out about the Diablo 4 release date and realise you won't be able to play for a while, you may want to avoid watching the trailer (again). Agonising desire to get your hands on it may occur.

We also got a gameplay trailer back in 2019 with satisfyingly crunchy sounds of a game that already looked quite ready but has almost certainly changed a lot since then. Especially the attack animations look quite a bit more lively than in their predecessors. Also: Horses?!

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Diablo 4 Story

In the fourth installation, the Eternal Conflict between the forces of High Heavens and Burning Hells is still not resolved. With different actors of the conflict growing bored of this ever-lasting push and pull, some of them have decided to play their own game.

Judging by the announcement trailer, the story of Diablo 4 will revolve around the summoning of Lilith, daughter of Mephisto which you may remember as the end boss of Diablo 2’s Act 3. As the queen of the Succubi, she’s the mother of the first nephalem, the forebears of humanity and the “lovechild” of Lilith and the rogue angel Inarius who she turns to her side after initially kidnapping him.

With the nephalem posing a serious threat to the two forces, plans for their extinction are formed which Lilith isn’t pleased with. Spinning into a frenzy and leaving a carnage among Inarius’ disciples behind, he banishes her into the Void, a place she can not escape from by herself. Through the generations, the nephalem appear to lose their powers as they eventually land in a state of powerlessness which we call humanity. Caught in the battle between the fronts, Lilith plots her next moves.

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Diablo 4 Platforms

Much like the three other Diablo titles, Diablo 4 will be releasing on consoles too, with an officially confirmed release on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One as well as presumably the Xbox Series X/S and the PlayStation 5. 

 

 

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Hitman 3 Year 2 Details: Freelancer, PC VR, New Map And More

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17th Jan 2022 18:24

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