The return to the world of the gloomy Middle Ages will take place in early summer. However, thanks to presentations from IGN, Blizzard, and just leaked information, we know quite a few details about the new Diablo IV. In this article, we have collected all the available information, as well as release and beta release dates.
Diablo 4 Release Date
The release of the game is scheduled for June 6, 2023. And early access will open to players on June 2, 2023. All players who pre-order Digital Deluxe or Ultimate Edition will receive it.
However, early access is not the only opportunity to play the game before everyone else. From March 17 to March 19, some of those who pre-ordered the game will have access to the Beta version of the game. But this is not the only way to get access to the beta version. Recently, the network leaked information about the collaboration between Blizzard and KFC. According to it, starting from March 6, ordering the sandwich “Double Down” through the KFC application will give the opportunity to get a key to the Diablo IV beta. Luckily the system requirements are not very high for 2023.
|Diablo 4 System Requirements (Minimum)||Diablo 4 Recommended Requirements|
|CPU: Intel Core i3
RAM: 4 GB
VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 / ATI Radeon HD 4870 / Intel HD Graphics 4400
DEDICATED VIDEO RAM: 256 MB
PIXEL SHADER: 4.0
VERTEX SHADER: 4.0
OS: Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 10 64—bit (latest service pack)
|CPU: Intel Core i5
RAM: 8 GB
VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 or ATI Radeon HD 6870 or better
DEDICATED VIDEO RAM: 1024 MB
PIXEL SHADER: 5.0
VERTEX SHADER: 5.0
OS: Windows 10 64—bit
World of Diablo 4
It is not known for certain what story Diablo IV will tell us, however, it is known that the events of the new game continue the story of Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls, and Lilith, the daughter of Mephisto, will be the main antagonist of Diablo 4 Story mode.
The world of Diablo IV will be huge, and any of its regions will be 10-20 times larger than the regions of the previous parts. That is why mounts will appear in the game for the first time. In the open world, you will be able to meet other players from time to time, but these meetings will be rare so as not to spoil the ominous and lonely atmosphere of the game. The world itself will be preset, but the dungeons are randomized.
Initially, the game will have five regions besides hell itself: Fractured Peaks, Scosglen, Dry Steppes, Kehjistan, and Hawezar. Each of the regions can be considered the home of a particular class. For example, monks seek refuge in Fractured Peaks, and Scosglen is under the protection of druids. Hell, of course, the alleged place of the final meeting with Lilith.
Diablo 4 Character Classes
For the first time, five classes will be available in the game: Barbarian, Druid, Sorceress, Rogue, and Necromancer. Each class has a deep personalization setting, and talents are divided into Basic Skills, Ultimate Skills, and Specific to the class. Moreover, each class will have a new ability – Evade – which allows you to make a short dash and dodge damage.
Already familiar mechanics will return to the game, for example, Waypoints as fast travel and Shrines for buffs. However, Strongholds will appear in the game for the first time, special zones inhabited by enemies, for clearing which the group will receive a reward, access to merchants, waypoints, and other amenities.
Also, in addition to bosses, World Bosses will appear in the game for the first time. Such bosses require large groups and teamwork, which can be reminiscent of raid bosses from World of Warcraft, another Blizzard game. However, the issue of level scaling has not been fully resolved: in some zones, the level of enemies will adjust to you or your group, but some zones are not subject to this balancing.
Progression system in Diablo 4
The maximum Diablo 4 characters level is 100, but during the story campaign, you can only reach 45. To earn experience points further, you must explore the world, and earn Renown points. Each region has its own Renown System, but it is common to the entire account. Here is an example of one of them:
- Unlocking Waypoints (10 Renown)
- Completing Side Quests (15 Renown)
- Finding Altars of Lilith (5 Renown)
- Liberating Strongholds (50 Renown)
- Completing Dungeons (20 Renown)
- Discovering Areas (2 Renown)
Diablo IV Skill Tree system is similar to Diablo II. Each skill depends on the previous ones and is enhanced by neighboring ones. The entire talent tree is divided into sections. To move to the next section, you are forced to spend a certain amount of points in the previous one. At the beginning of the game, you can easily redistribute skill points, but the higher the level of your character, the more expensive it will be.
There are also Altars of Lilith in the game, which will help you at the start of leveling or in leveling a new one since all characters on the account will receive bonuses for opening it.
In addition, the Paragon Board will reappear in the game. Access to it opens at level 50. You will earn one Paragon point every 25% of experience with a total of four Paragon points per level until Level 100. Each point in the Paragon Board grants an upgrade and has the quality of:
- Normal — provides a small stat boost (e.g. +5 Strength);
- Magic — provides a potent, more diverse set of benefits (e.g. +10% Fire Resistance);
- Rare — provides significant boosts in power (e.g. Grants 10 Fury per kill), with additional powers unlocking at certain primary stat thresholds (e.g. Requires 175 Strength, 125 Willpower: +8% Increased Maximum Fury);
- Legendary — provides a new Legendary power to the character (e.g. While your Fury is above 50% you deal 30% more damage);
- Socket — insert Glyphs into Socket Tiles which provide various benefits based upon the number of active tiles within their radius (e.g. Magic Glyph (Level 3) — Radius size: Small, Grants 30% bonus to all nodes within range);
- Gate — select a new Paragon Board from the Paragon Board list (which can be rotated) to attach to the existing board after reaching a Gate Tile.
Loot and Gearing
Diablo IV has a Personal Loot system, where loot is generated separately per player. As always, you have a chance to get any item from an enemy, however, each enemy has an increased chance of dropping a specific item.
As before, items have a quality level:
- Normal — no affixes;
- Magic — can have the highest individual affixes;
- Rare — usually better than Magic items;
- Legendary — random affixes and 1 Legendary affix, with the latter, also rolling randomly;
- Set — less powerful or equal to Legendaries (more introductory to the class or to live out a certain fantasy), which means that you will eventually graduate from them;
- Unique — heavily thematic and usually with class-specific powers.
Each weapon type also has its own unique properties that cannot be modified, such as Bows have increased damage to Distant Enemies, and Staves have increased damage to Crowd Controlled Enemies.
Although there are professions in the game, they serve more to improve your gear, rather than create. You will get all your equipment in dungeons; the higher the difficulty of the dungeon, the greater the reward.
Diablo 4 PvP
Confrontation in the open world between players is prohibited, but there is a special place where you can show all your skills. By queuing up at Fields of Hatred, you can fight other players alone or with a group. For killing opponents, you will receive currency that can be spent at PvP Cosmetic and Mount Vendors.
Despite the fact that Diablo IV will be buy-to-play, it will also include a Season Pass. Completing quests in this Battle Pass will earn you a special currency that can be spent on cosmetic items. The Battle Pass will not affect the gameplay itself.
Diablo has been dozing for too long, and finally, he will return in the hottest month of the year. Are you looking forward to it, have you already pre-ordered it, and what are your general expectations from the game? Rate this article and leave your opinion in the comments.