The excitement around Diablo IV is rising. Much has already been leaked about the new title, but a release date was still missing. Now rumors are circulating that predict a Diablo 4 release date in April 2023.
Will the next part of the popular hack-and-slash role-playing game Diablo IV be released as early as April next year? According to the latest rumors, there are good reasons to believe so. However, developer Blizzard has not yet announced an official release date.
Update, December 12th
Now it appears to have proven true. After we reported a few days ago about the data mining leak of an Italian blogger, the confirmation came today via a marketing email from Blizzard. According to this, the Diablo 4 release date is June 6, 2023 and will be released for PC, Xbox, and PlayStation, including crossplay functionality for cross-platform fun. In addition, there will also be a couch co-op function for consoles, with which you can presumably play via split screen. Accompanying the announcement, there was then also immediately a new trailer:
Update, December 7th
There is news to report from the Diablo IV front: Although not officially from the developers, but through data mining from “Aggiornamenti Lumia”. He has apparently found a release date. This a leak that seems quite plausible, because the well-known Italian blogger has also made predictions in the past that have come true. According to him, he has managed to get the data from the so-called API (Application Programming Interface) of the Microsoft Store.
According to his information, Diablo 4 will be released on June 5, 2023. The time given is 23:00, which means that in other time zones, the release will fall on June 6. The download of the game will be about 80 GB, and there should be a Standard, Digital Deluxe, and Ultimate Edition.
Diablo® IV ➡️ Release Date: June 5, 2023 23:00:00 (Size: 80GB) | XBOX pic.twitter.com/jop761VxDw
— Aggiornamenti Lumia (@ALumia_Italia) December 7, 2022
Original Article, November 7th
What can we take from the new Diablo IV rumors
The new information about a possible release date for Diablo is based on the claims of two people: Jez Corden and Nick Baker. Both are reportedly relying on established but unnamed sources. Corden writes in a news report on Windows Central that Diablo IV can be pre-ordered as early as December 2022 and that the release will be in April 2023. The hypothesis is simultaneously supported by the same claims Nick Baker made during the XboxEra Podcast. When exactly the game might be released in April, however, remains a mystery.
According to Corden, we can look forward to December 9. On this day, the Game Awards 2022 will take place, and the Diablo 4 release date is going to be officially announced. That could also mean the start of pre-orders. We might also expect a physical Collector’s Edition and various other bundles. Pre-orderers seem to be able to play the beta as early as February 2023.
In any case, Blizzard is planning a seasonal live service for D4. Although the game seems to be scheduled for release in April, Baker and Corden’s sources say Season One won’t be released until the third quarter of next year.
Diablo 4 Classes: These characters will be available in D4
Right from the start, players will be able to play the following five classes, which you already might know from predecessors of the series:
Note: You can choose different genders for all Diablo IV classes. We have limited the classes presented here to one gender only for easier readability.
In Diablo 4, the master of melee combat will once again let his two-handed weapons do the talking. The muscular barbarian has been part of every Diablo game so far. As a fearless warrior, he plunges into the thick of battle and intimidates his enemies with his war cries. If you are more into aggressive gameplay, this character should be very suitable for you.
As Druid, summon powerful beasts to fight by your side. The popular character from Diablo 2 returns with his spiritual abilities, which allow you to fight both at a distance and man-to-man. A good mix of melee and ranged combat.
The ruler of the undead is back, of course. Summon a regiment of skeletons or resurrect a horde of fallen enemies and have them fight for you while you apply more curses to your foes. This character, which has been around since Diablo 2, works especially well for players who like to deal (passive) damage from a distance.
This character, which comes from Diablo 1, has great similarities with Demon Hunter or the Assassin. He has a considerable collection of deadly knives and a bow as his main weapon, which makes him best suited for ranged combat. His character name is earned not least by his arsenal of trap equipment, which he uses to take out his enemies sneakily.
A character that has been available in all Diablo games so far is the Sorceress. Now, in the latest installment of Diablo, she will once again wield her wand from afar and cast powerful spells on onrushing enemies. It’s never wrong to have a wizard in your ranks.
If you want to get a comprehensive look at the game, feel free to check out this official gameplay trailer:
So we can be more than excited and look with wide-open eyes to December. Exactly two months ago, we reported on a leak of Diablo 4 gameplay that shows multiple videos with unofficial in-game footage.
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Which class are you most looking forward to in Diablo IV and why? Feel free to post your thoughts in the comments below.