The old-school fans of the classic hack ‘n’ slash RPG genre have been dying for Diablo 4, hoping it would scratch a ten-year-long itch. With the recent news, it looks like the long wait may finally be over. There has recently been a huge uproar over the new Diablo 4 videos, which have received a lot of acclaim, and it’s easy to see why. The game looks stunning.
Here we’ll cover some of the aspects of the new Diablo 4 game and explain why exactly we’re hyped about this new Blizzard release, and why you should be too!
Diablo games have always been a blend of traditional RPG gameplay and gothic horror fantasy. This formula created an eerie, almost unsettling atmosphere that made your skin crawl and drove you to tread carefuly into the darkness ahead. The first two Diablo games perfectly captured this feeling, but the effect was completely absent in the third installment.
Given how Blizzard was famous for creating almost cartoony graphics in their games, it was all but guaranteed that this would leak into the Diablo universe eventually. And it almost did. However, Blizzard changed their approach after releasing Diablo 2: Resurrected and seeing the reaction of its fans. It was an eye-opener for the current Diablo 4 team.
After seeing the new Diablo 4 gameplay videos, we’re confident that the devs have finally nailed this aspect perfectly!
The game is dark and heavy. You have very limited light around your character and you’re completely surrounded by the darkness in which untold horrors lurk. It’s everything the fans have been asking and more!
Blood & Gore
Yes, the game will be bloody and filled with gore. And lots of it! From ravaged towns with corpses strewn on the ground, to horrific caves with bodies hanging off the walls – the game will have it all.
Everyone who played Diablo 1 back in the day will rememeber the Butcher scene. when they first stepped into his lair and encountered him. The feeling of dread was etched into our brains. Diablo 4 aims to recreate this exact feeling in its players through the game’s surrounding and details.
You will feel unsafe and vulnerable as you go along your journey and explore the Diablo 4 world.
While it’s important to set the mood for the game, we must not forget about the actual combat. If the atmosphere is the soul of the game, the combat is its body.
Luckily for us, the dev team definitely knows what they’re doing and seems to have completely understood what made Diablo 1 and Diablo 2 so successful. It was the slow and methodical combat and not the zerg fest that was Diablo 3. Diablo 4 is returning back to its roots this time.
The combat will feel slower-paced, but with the intent to make every move count. Your hits will feel deliberate and heavy. Every button press will matter and you won’t simply bash your head on the keyboard and still melt the boss. No, you will have to think and plan your moves ahead of time. This is also where the game’s dodging mechanic comes in.
All Diablo 4 classes will have a way to dodge monster attacks. You will trigger a cooldown once you do, so you can’t really roll around all the time. Like we said, you’ll have to plan your move. This will be incredibly important during boss fights later on. A successful dodge will be the difference between life and death.
To compensate for this change, the dev team mentioned that there will also be fewer monsters on your screen. You won’t find hordes of monsters that you’ll cleave in two hits. Instead, you’ll face fewer and tougher opponents that you’ll actually have to survive and overcome with your brain and brawn combined.
Diablo 4 Classes
Similarly to the second Diablo game, Diablo 4 will have 5 classes. Future game expansions are likely to add even more.
The five classes the game will launch with are:
The recent gameplay footage showed only Barbarian, Rogue, and Sorcerer gameplay. Druid and Necromancer weren’t available, but it didn’t matter too much as the 3 aforementioned classes were more than enough to keep us busy.
An important change about classes in Diablo 4 is that each class will have a unique signature mechanic tied to them. Sorcerer will be able to enchant 2 spells, essentially making them fire off passively and allowing you to use more spells. Rogue will be able to wield an extra weapon, while the Barbarian will be able to wield TWO extra weapons in their arsenal.
This is just a brief and simplified explanation of these mechanics, but trust us, there’s much more depth to each class mechanic.
When Can We Play Diablo 4?
Right now, it is known that the game will be launching in 2023, most likely in the first half of the year. Despite the numerous leaks, the exact date has yet to be determined. Although Blizzard has not officially confirmed it, the most current reports point to June 5th, 2023.
Regardless, we’ll be getting our hands on the game soon enough. The more important thing is that Blizzard take their time and do this one right. A month or two of extra game polish will be far better than launching in an unfinished state and messing things up from the get-go. Hopefully, the Activision overlords will not pressure this team and will let them do their job.
In any case, all of this is why we’re incredibly excited to play Diablo 4 and why we believe this might be the best Diablo title Blizzard has worked on yet. Of course, this is yet to be seen, but we’ll remain highly optimistic.