Diablo 4 release coming in 2023, new class revealed

Diablo 4 will officially release in 2023, Activision has confirmed. The announcement was made just as Blizzard showed off a new trailer during the Xbox & Bethesda Game Showcase, revealing the sequel’s newest class.

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If you didn’t immediately guess, the Necromancer will be making a return in Diablo 4. This haunting warrior can unleash a salvo of dark spells and scythe attacks while also calling upon supernatural forces to resurrect the dead – definitely handy for a spot of dungeon crawling.

Blizzard has confirmed that the Necromancer is the final of the five classes available in its RPG sequel. They will join series mainstays including the Barbarian, Sorceress, Rogue, and Druid, banding together to banish the demon, Lilith.

Fans have been treated to an in-depth look at Diablo 4, showing off new features and open world gameplay. This is the biggest game in the franchise to date and one that focuses on being more of a shared experience. Highlights include full online co-op, couch play, and the ability to transfer your progress regardless on which platform(s) you’re playing on. Here are more details, courtesy of the official press release:

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.

Want to learn more about the genre-defining series, here’s a look at the history of Diablo. Meanwhile, why not read our review of last year’s Diablo II: Resurrected?

Diablo 4 will launch next year on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.

Source: Press Release

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