Diablo IV looks like it’s taking inspiration from the most successful Diablo game in the series.
Diablo IV was announced at BlizzCon on Saturday after weeks of speculation. And honestly, the game’s development was a bit of an open secret--preliminary gameplay had already been shown internally, and the leaks were mostly just confirming details that had already made their way around the office.
Things were finally confirmed at BlizzCon with the release of the cinematic trailer as well as a gameplay trailer that shows off what Diablo IV has in store for us. And what it has in store will remind a lot of fans of their days playing Diablo II.
To start, the trailer starts off with an old man monologuing in a way that almost perfectly mirrors how Marius would drone on during Diablo II’s cutscenes. Journeying to a distant land, talking about portents of the future, and start and utter terror are all big nods to Diablo II.
But there’s way more than that. The character classes shown are also very reminiscent of Diablo II. The Mage is very much the same as the Sorceress from D2, while the Druid finally returns to the Diablo franchise after first appearing in the Diablo II: Lord of Destruction expansion.
The Barbarian has also been a stable class since the Diablo II days, but now it seems like they might be coming from a different land in Sanctuary.
There’s more. Duriel, the much hated boss of Act II from D2 returns and seems to be just as stabby as ever. Skills are also returning, such as the Mage’s Charge Bolt and Barbarian’s leap, as well as the Druid’s ability to turn into a bear. Characters are selected as they sit around a campfire, which is just how players started their Diablo II journey way back in the early 2000s.
It does look like there will be a few additions to the formula. Horseback riding adds a method of quick overland travel, and the game is reportedly going to be a huge shared open world.
Sadly, Diablo IV doesn’t appear to be on the horizon. During the BlizzCon open panel, Blizzard said that Diablo IV was "not coming out soon.”