Blizzard kicked off its Blizzcon 2019 opening ceremony with the announcement many fans have been waiting for: Diablo IV.
During the game’s debut viewers were treated to two videos including a cinematic trailer as well as the first ever gameplay footage.
Just a few seconds into that CGI preview, it was pretty clear that was going to be the next Diablo and a grittier one at that. We see a long abandoned settlement before going much further underground.
The trailer is centred on a party of adventurers looking to raid a dungeon for its booty. What starts as a swashbuckling treasure hunt turns into something far more sinister however: a gory summoning ritual that brings about the resurrection of Lilith, daughter of Mephisto.
It’s a lengthy trailer and one that underlines the sequel’s much dark overtones. Game director, Luis Barriga, then came out on stage to give us some details on the game itself.
Diablo IV will have a much bigger focus on horror with a more medieval, gothic depiction of hell and its denizens. There will be plenty of blood and guts as well as occult symbology. Barriga promises that fights will be gruesome and there will be no clean victories.
He also touched on the game world itself which sounds more dynamic and open than past games. Inspired by Diablo II, it will be full of friendly and enemy NPCs as well as players who you can interact with and even hunt in PvP zones.
We also got our first look at three of the game’s classes including the Barbarian, Sorceress, and Druid who got received a booming reception from the audience.
The gameplay footage shown looks pretty far into development. Diablo IV is still very much a isometric, dungeon-crawling RPG with crunchy combat. Expect gorgeously grim graphics and dynamic environments to explore either alone or with friends.
Diablo IV will be coming to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One though there is no confirmed launch date. Blizzard will have more details on the sequel over the course of this weekend with a demo available at Blizzcon.