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Diablo IV Coming in 2023
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Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Blizzard Entertainment announced today that Diablo® IV, the next generation installment in the genre-defining series, is debuting in 2023. Blizzard also announced that Diablo IV is coming to Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation®5, alongside versions for Windows® PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation®4, with cross-play and cross-progression enabled for all platforms




Inside Sanctuary—a realm long embattled by the devastating wars between the High Heavens and the Burning Hells—decades have passed since the events of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls®, but the world remains plagued by a sinister, corrupting force. And now Lilith, the Daughter of Hatred, has been reborn in the mortal world and is determined to rule over Sanctuary once more.

Joining the battle alongside iconic classes Barbarian, Sorceress, Rogue, and Druid is the legendary Necromancer, the fifth playable character class, which returns with newly designed undead mechanics. Players will be able to utilize the Necromancer’s Book of the Dead, an all-new ability for the class, allowing them to dominate the battlefield with deeper customization of their undead army than ever before. Fight with aggressive skeleton Warriors, fast-attacking Skirmishers, sword and board Defenders, or scythe-wielding Reapers. Unleash a litany of spells with Skeleton Mages, imbuing them with shadow, cold, and sacrificial magics. Deploy tanking Bone Golems, health-stealing Blood Golems, and charging Iron Golems. Or sacrifice them all to absorb their power.

“We can’t wait to open the gates of Hell next year—the talented team behind Diablo IV puts gameplay first in everything they do, and they have built the biggest and most ambitious vision of Sanctuary yet,” said Mike Ybarra, president of Blizzard Entertainment. “This sprawling world draws deeply from the dark well of the franchise’s 25-year history and is designed around the philosophy of player choice, offering an adventure unlike anything Diablo players have experienced before.”

Diablo IV’s version of Sanctuary is massive, and every inch is rife with opportunity for adventure. Character customization in the game is richer and more extensive than ever, and players will be able to let their curiosity (and perhaps foolishness) guide them through over 140 dungeons and dozens of side quests in their pursuit of victory over Lilith’s forces . . . and ever-more-powerful gear. Mighty world bosses pose added challenge throughout Sanctuary, encouraging players to team up with others they encounter on their journeys to defeat them and reap their treasures. And for the first time, players can forever alter the world around them by conquering and converting corrupted Strongholds into friendly outposts.

There’s no golden path to follow in Diablo IV; players can choose to progress in whatever nonlinear way they want to. This open-ended experience extends to the end game, where players can test their skills in Nightmare Dungeons, enjoy combative mayhem in dedicated PvP zones, build Paragon Boards to continue advancing and customizing their characters beyond max level, and engage with the Tree of Whispers to unlock further world objectives and bounties and acquire Legendary gear.

Those willing to rise to the challenge are encouraged to learn more at https://diablo4.blizzard.com, where further details about the game will be shared as development progresses.
This article was originally published in forum thread: Diablo IV Coming in 2023 - Necromancer Class and Beta Signup started by chaud View original post
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  1. Ielenia's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MrFawlty View Post
    The standard is that pay2win games are free2play. But the standard doesnt apply to Blizzard.
    Okay, and? What does have to do with your complaints about the microtransactions that somehow exist in a non-existent game?

    They still think they are some kind of premium developer when in reality they are pretty much the worst AAA developer today.
    If you believe that, I got a bridge to sell you.

    WoW is buy2play, has a subscription AND microtransasctions. Blizzard in 2022 is greed, greed, greed and no substance.
    So is Final Fantasy XIV, last I checked?
  1. MrFawlty's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ielenia View Post
    Okay, and? What does have to do with your complaints about the microtransactions that somehow exist in a non-existent game?


    If you believe that, I got a bridge to sell you.


    So is Final Fantasy XIV, last I checked?
    Nah nice try. Spending 0 dollars to click the mmochamp bookmark and comment on a random thread in the recent list is not comparable to the idiots who pay every month to be miserable in this appalling game. I'm glad Elden Ring is going to be ruining the discourse of game difficulty for the next few years.
  1. Ielenia's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MrFawlty View Post
    Nah nice try. Spending 0 dollars to click the mmochamp bookmark and comment on a random thread in the recent list is not comparable to the idiots who pay every month to be miserable in this appalling game.
    ... What are you even talking about? You make less sense than a person high on LSD, heroin and morphine, all at the same time! What does the MMO-Champion forum has anything to do with your faulty complain about microtransactions that exist in a non-existent game?

    I'm glad Elden Ring is going to be ruining the discourse of game difficulty for the next few years.
    Great! Then go play that, and stop spewing incoherent insanity into these forums.
  1. druchii5's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Alcsaar View Post
    Really don't understand why anyone cares about char custimization in an ARPG.

    First of all, as soon as you put on armor, you can't see any of it.

    On top of that like most modern ARPGs, combat will be so visually bloated and stimulating that even if you weren't wearing armor you're never going to see your custimization in the middle of all that visual clutter anyway.
    I guess it's just more psychological for me. The thought and idea of it existing--just knowing that I was able to put together my own avatar--is good enough for a player such as myself.
  1. MrFawlty's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ielenia View Post
    ... What are you even talking about? You make less sense than a person high on LSD, heroin and morphine, all at the same time! What does the MMO-Champion forum has anything to do with your faulty complain about microtransactions that exist in a non-existent game?


    Great! Then go play that, and stop spewing incoherent insanity into these forums.

    How about no.

    PoE doesn't force you into combat zones with other players (Only towns) where it sounds like D4 will. Open World PvP zones, sounds like we're pushing into MMO territory even further, especially with open world Raid bosses. I can already see people partying up to form a roving death ball through these areas for anyone unfortunate enough to venture into them alone. Also forced group content doesn't work well in an ARPG unless you're severely restricting the kind of upgrades a character can get.
  1. Ielenia's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MrFawlty View Post
    How about no.
    How about "yes"? The more you complain, the more you talk about PoE, the more it seems that is the game you want to play, not Diablo IV.

    PoE doesn't force you into combat zones with other players (Only towns) where it sounds like D4 will.
    So you don't know any of that, you only think it will, a statement that seems quite suspect considering your apparent bias against the D4 game.
  1. MrFawlty's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ielenia View Post
    How about "yes"? The more you complain, the more you talk about PoE, the more it seems that is the game you want to play, not Diablo IV.


    So you don't know any of that, you only think it will, a statement that seems quite suspect considering your apparent bias against the D4 game.
    Asking full price for a game then chokeload it with MTX is not fine. When they sell 30M copies of the game, the price of development AND keeping the servers up should be calculated in that selling price (also servers are penny cheap nowadays).
    Blizzard has completed the transition from a successful game development company to a successful profiteering company that makes games. The transition has been a long time in the making, starting before even Activision's involvement, but DI is the culmination.
  1. Ielenia's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MrFawlty View Post
    Asking full price for a game then chokeload it with MTX is not fine. When they sell 30M copies of the game, the price of development AND keeping the servers up should be calculated in that selling price (also servers are penny cheap nowadays).
    Are the salaries of those working to maintain and troubleshoot the servers, as well as customer service, also 'penny cheap'?
  1. MrFawlty's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ielenia View Post
    Are the salaries of those working to maintain and troubleshoot the servers, as well as customer service, also 'penny cheap'?
    How about no.
    Poe microtransactions don't include gear/power ups. Basing on Diablo: Immortal we can safely assume that D4 will have power ups available in shop.
    So we're assuming blizzard is now going to do the *right* thing? Lot of updates to diablo 3 are there? 1 expansion and then rifts for how many years now?
    Witcher 3 says Hi! Gave away how many dlc's for free again?
  1. Ielenia's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MrFawlty View Post
    How about no.
    Then don't claim "servers are pretty cheap" since manpower is required to keep them up and running.

    Poe microtransactions don't include gear/power ups.
    Path of Exile also isn't a mobile game port.

    Basing on Diablo: Immortal
    Stop right there. You're comparing a mobile game port to a PC game. D:I is immaterial to how Diablo IV will work regarding microtransactions.

    So we're assuming blizzard is now going to do the *right* thing?
    Never said that. That's misrepresentation.

    Witcher 3 says Hi! Gave away how many dlc's for free again?
    Witcher 3. From a different company. CD ProjektRed. Tell me again how well made Cyperpunk 2077 is? Did it have any issues?
  1. MrFawlty's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ielenia View Post
    Then don't claim "servers are pretty cheap" since manpower is required to keep them up and running.


    Path of Exile also isn't a mobile game port.


    Stop right there. You're comparing a mobile game port to a PC game. D:I is immaterial to how Diablo IV will work regarding microtransactions.


    Never said that. That's misrepresentation.


    Witcher 3. From a different company. CD ProjektRed. Tell me again how well made Cyperpunk 2077 is? Did it have any issues?

    But that's not an answer to that.
    I'm fine with the location changes, because that's more reflective of what those locations should look like. It makes sense.
    "Locations should look like what they actually do, but characters should not lul"

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