Blizzard has lost quite a lot of Diablo fans over the past few weeks since the reveal of Diablo Immortal. The mobile game announcement was met with heavy backlash to the point where it is most likely the biggest disappointment of 2018. For those of you who have given up on the series, don’t as it seems Diablo 4 is in full development after Blizzard cancelled the second expansion for Diablo 3.
According to Kotaku who interviewed 11 current and former Blizzard staff members, Diablo 3 was meant to receive a second expansion release after Reaper of Souls. Blizzard cancelled that and another Diablo project called Hades. After which, the team then began full production of another game which is supposedly Diablo 4, code-named “Fenris.
According to the interviews, Diablo 4 will have a very different art style to that of Diablo 3. Its main tagline will be “Embrace the Darkness”. Sources also point to a 2020 or later release of the game but it is not confirmed if it will come to PC first or be a multiplatform game. Quite a number of development details were hinted at such as the possibility of a third-person camera implementation instead of an isometric one. However, recent builds of the game make use of an isometric camera system.
One developer revealed that the game will go back to what made “Diablo ‘Diablo’ in terms of art style and spell effects”. Blizzard is working on making Diablo 4 darker and more of what Diablo 2 was. The game will feature MMO-like elements taking inspiration from games like Destiny where players can all matchmake together to take on Strike-like activities.
According to the developers, Diablo 4 was meant to be announced this year and there were many opportunities to do so but Blizzard wanted to do it correctly and felt that the game was not “far enough along” to reveal it. On a side note, Blizzard was apparently working on another Diablo-like game that was a mix of Dark Souls and Diablo. Think third-person camera with hardcore combat set in the Diablo universe. I would buy that!
While we are still a while away from seeing Diablo 4 in action, the above details do reassure us that although Blizzard will release an unwanted mobile game, they are dedicated to working on a hardcore Diablo RPG experience we are all in dire need of.