|Platform||Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5|
Diablo has been around for over 25 years and the series is still as popular as ever. After the resounding success of Diablo II, it remained silent for years until Diablo III suddenly came out. While that’s a fun game, there were still some complaints. For example, the auction house was an unwelcome addition to many and the simplification of the game to appeal to the casual gamer was not welcomed with open arms by everyone. Blizzard has announced that it will return to part II with Diablo IV and add the best elements of the third part plus a number of new elements to make the game even better and more extensive. Blizzard also said that the setting and the story will be old-fashioned dark and macabre again.
It will be a while before the game actually hits the market, sometime in the spring of 2023, but we were already able to get started with a preview build. In this version, we were able to walk a small part of the world, get started with three classes and get a piece of the story. However, we are not allowed to make any statements about the story yet. We can only tell you that it is set again in Sanctuary and that this world is quite battered because of the events of the previous parts. The people are depressed and dejected; it’s up to you to provide a glimmer of hope.
The online aspect is so intertwined in the game that shops are also connected in this way. For example, the range of all goods will change after a certain time, so you can come back at different times to see what new things are on offer. This is displayed with a timer so that you know in how many hours you can visit again.
Diablo IV is the first Diablo game to release simultaneously on PC and consoles. Blizzard said that the previous Diablo was very successful on console and that is why they are working hard to make the game available for all platforms at the same time. In addition, there is crossplay support that allows you to play with PC users as a console gamer. In addition, your account is also interchangeable. If you are playing the game on a console, you can play the game in pairs on one device at the same time. This does not require the second player to have their own Battle.net account.
Diablo IV promises to be a worthy successor to Diablo II and III. Blizzard seems to have listened carefully to the community and a lot of extras have been added. The game also looks beautiful, with Blizzard staying true to the dark horror style of Diablo II. The new engine makes everything look a lot more detailed and it also plays nicely. You can move a little more freely and the large open world you plow through already works well. We were only able to see a small part of the big game world, but there was already so much to experience that we don’t worry that you will get bored quickly. As it stands, the game will release in Spring 2023 for PC, PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox Series S and X, and the Xbox One consoles.