Want a roundup of the latest Diablo 4 release date speculation and news? Announced during BlizzCon 2019, the upcoming entry in the demon-slaying action RPG game series has had many different teasers and trailers. These have showcased the various Diablo 4 classes we can use to take on the hordes of monsters that block the way between us and the horned lord of the underworld.
The roster of playable classes includes transforming druids, spell-flinging wizards, and somersaulting rogues, and each class has unique combat skills to weave through every shambling zombie, skittering demon, and colossal terror that awaits you in these dank, hallowed halls. So far, so familiar, but that’s hardly going to upset the series’ devoted fans. However, despite a relatively open development process, prospective players have been left to speculate when the Diablo 4 release date might be.
Join us as we break open the seal and delve deeper into the deepest dungeons of the newest Diablo game. We’ll be fishing through every chest to salvage everything we know, from Diablo 4 release date rumours and its story so far, to new gameplay systems, and the details we’ve found along the way.
Diablo 4 release date speculation
The Diablo 4 release date is sometime in 2023. During a financial call in early 2021, Activision Blizzard’s CFO stated “Our outlook does not include Diablo 4 or Overwatch 2 launching in 2021,” and then in November announced the ARPG would be delayed out of 2022 as well, along with Overwatch 2. We speculate that Diablo 4 will launch in late 2023 or early 2024 because of Blizzard’s ongoing hiring issues and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Diablo 4 beta speculation
While there is no official date, we know the beta is coming thanks to the ‘Diablo Hell’s Ink’ promotion. Fans who attended the first of these events to get a “free Diablo flash tattoo” also got a card. This card granted them access to an upcoming beta and a free copy of the final game. It’s currently unclear if this promotion will continue to hand out these cards for the rest of the tour. We also saw the Diablo 4 beta installation appear in the Battle.net launcher.
This wouldn’t be the first time we got an early look at a new Diablo game before release. The Diablo Immortal PC open beta went live in June 2022, while the Diablo 2 Resurrected open beta was the last in a string of test builds in 2021. Given that Diablo 4 is a fully open-world game, multiple beta tests to ensure multiplayer works as intended seem likely.
Diablo 4 trailer
Accompanying the announcement, a Diablo 4 trailer shows a band of thieves trying to break into a sacred tomb while being chased by monsters. While three of the thieves narrowly make it into the inner chambers, someone is left behind, but it doesn’t take long for them to realise they shouldn’t be there. Everything goes south very quickly as a wicked conjurer uses the blood of the three to summon the ‘daughter of hatred’ Lilith into the world.
Diablo 4 gameplay
Instead of the usual chapter-based progression, Diablo 4 is open-world, so players will need to travel between hubs. Surprisingly, Blizzard confirms there are no loading screens between dungeons and the overworld. Since everything will be far away, you can ride on horses and attack foes while mounted. You may also find shortcuts by jumping off ledges.
The open-world structure allows players to join each other at any time in the same world via co-op or PvP. Additionally, Activision Blizzard confirmed that Diablo 4 will have cross-play support across all platforms.
With the large open-world comes the need to fill it with quests and hidden treasures. Diablo 4 has Strongholds, which are settlements filled with enemies you must slay to capture the territory. Once you do, if you come back later in the game, you’ll find either a friendly town filled with helpful NPCs, a dungeon waiting for you to plunder its secrets or something else entirely.
Players can also participate in Diablo 4 public events without having to party up. One of these events features a gargantuan monster holding a bulky chest bursting with treasure to unlock when you kill its holder. Speaking of Diablo 4 monsters, they now have families that may be visually different but have common themes such as being a ranged fighter.
Blizzard has extensive plans for Diablo 4 customisation. You can create your personalised character for the first time in the main series, as opposed to the pre-rendered characters of the past. You can also tinker with skill slots, taking advantage of the three new powers: angelic, demonic, and ancestral. Each of these new stats has its own effect and is a prerequisite for item affixes.
Diablo 4 has five classes: Druid, Sorceress, Rogue, Barbarian, and Necromancer. In addition, classes now have multiple play styles, which should make for some diverse Diablo 4 builds. For example, the Rogue can excel as an assassin-like class or as a ranged crossbow user.
There are also lots of things to do during Diablo 4 endgame, with normal dungeons being converted for high-level play after you complete the last mission of the Diablo 4 campaign. On top of this, Blizzard confirms that it plans to support Diablo 4 for several years with game updates, expansions and ladders.
We’ve known about the inclusion of multiplayer since the first official gameplay trailer. You can either choose to play in co-op or turn on each other in Diablo 4 PvP to plunder treasure for yourself. Scattered throughout the world, you enter The Plains of Hatred areas when you get a message proclaiming that your character is “overcome by Mephisto”. While it’s entirely optional whether you express this ‘hatred’ towards other player-controlled characters, your rewards for killing them or the local monsters are shards that you can refine to complete challenges. However, be careful, as unruly adventurers can pluck unrefined shards from you.
Diablo 4 skills
One system that’s getting a bit of an overhaul is the Diablo 4 skill tree. Blizzard has said that “players will not be able to acquire every Skill Tree node,” and that they’re “currently aiming for 30~40% of the nodes filled in for endgame, so that players can have very distinct, and different ways they build out their character.”
So what’s the skill tree like in Diablo 4? Well, for starters, it’s an actual tree rather than an abstract approximation of one that most games have. Active skills branch out, while passive upgrades spread through the tree’s roots. You get separate skill points and passive points to spend in each section.
Classes have their own unique mechanics. The sorceress currently has an enchantment system that lets you allocate active skills into the passive enchantment slots. An example of this is the meteor spell; when equipped as an enchantment, you periodically drop meteors on enemies automatically, rather than actively casting the spell.
The recently announced rogue class has access to multiple class specialisations, all of which require the completion of unique quests. These specialisations allow a rogue to gain one of three skills to augment their ranged or melee combat with unique effects. For example, Shadow Realm creates a dark void in which the rogue can isolate and eliminate targets without their mates interrupting.
Diablo 4 design
Given that Diablo has been a series about battering demons and a whole bunch of medieval Christian iconography, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Diablo 4’s art style is heavily influenced by art from the medieval and Renaissance eras. In a recent interview with Diablo 4’s art director, John Mueller, he cites Frank Frazetta as one such inspiration as “his paintings reminded me of old European works – the subject matter was very different and visceral, but the technique and the way that surfaces were treated really did feel like those Old Masters paintings”.
And that’s everything that’s currently known about Diablo 4. While we wait for news on the Diablo 4 release date, there’s still time to dive back into previous games in the series. Diablo 2 Resurrected is now available, and you can check out our Diablo 2 Resurrected beginner’s guide to help you get started. Finally, check out our explainer article if you want the latest information on the Activision Blizzard lawsuit.