The Game Awards 2022 will end up having no more surprises in store for us if the leaks continue. Indeed, ahead of the ceremony which will take place during the night of Thursday to Friday, it is the Microsoft Store who has just once again revealed in spite of himself information concerning a game expected by a good number of players, Diablo IV. The hack’n slash of Blizzard expected on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, but also on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S since the Xbox conference last June which revealed the Necromancershould therefore be released next year if all goes well and we already know the exact date.
According Lumia updatesused to flush out information related to Microsoft, the publisher’s online store indicates that Diablo IV would be released on June 5, 2023 at 11:00 p.m., within a few hours depending on the country, don’t be surprised that it is available on the 6th, the studio being used to launching its productions on Tuesdays. All the titles shown during the event Xbox due out within the next 12 months, that fits well.
It would also weigh around 80 GB, nothing surprising for a production of this caliber. It was also rumored that embargoes on the game would be lifted just before the Game Awardsthere where Blizzard should make a formal announcement, from teasing being ongoing on the networks as you can see below, with the #LilithIsComing.
Update (07/12/22) : Lilith will be talked about this Thursday, December 8 at 6:00 p.m.wheras’Lumia updates reported that pre-orders for the game will start on December 9 at 5:00 a.m., just after the Game Awards so.
Update (08/12/22) : it was finally only a question ofa contest. See you tonight.
Update (11/12/22) : you can find all the details revealed during the Game Awards below, with the officialization of the release date and the different editions.
Following a visually impressive stage performance by the singer Halseywho performed Lilitha piece far from the atmosphere expected for a Diablo, the release date of June 6, 2023 was therefore made official at the turn ofa cutscene plunging us into Hell where theArchangel Inarius has just come to challenge Lilith. Many new visuals have also been shared by the publisher, to discover on the following page.
“With Diablo IV, we’re especially excited to once again open the doors to Sanctuary, this time more unforgiving than ever,” said Rod Fergusson, Diablo Franchise General Manager. ” The darkness of the first game will mingle with the progression possibilities of the second and the intense combat of Diablo III. Everything will be enhanced by a huge playground teeming with life that will continue to expand over the years. Players will have to make important decisions and will have to fight nightmarish creatures, explore dungeons, obtain legendary items and discover what the return of Lilith, the divine mother, means for Sanctuary. »
The demoness Lilith and the angel Inarius wanted to flee the Eternal conflict between Heaven and Hell. From their union was born Sanctuaire. Gold, several decades after the events of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, here they are again at war with each other, at the head of armies made up of their followers. Sanctuary is once again plagued by the savagery of rampaging demons, and it will take steadfast heroes and heroines to push back the darkness. Players will take on the role of one of these five classes: shapeshifting druid, clever thief, elemental witch, mighty barbarian, or cunning necromancer. As you progress, the game experience can be personalized in many ways thanks to the skill trees and the many synergies between spells and abilities.
For the first time, the world of Diablo will be a huge open world. Players will face demonic forces and brave the environment across Sanctuary, from the snow-capped forests of Broken Peaks to the windswept highlands of Scosglen, to the rotting swamps of Hawezar, the wastelands arid steppes and deserts of Kehjistan where the central city of Caldeum is located. A captivating and epic storyline, over 140 dungeons, numerous side quests and an avalanche of loot will be the pillars of an unprecedented and non-linear adventure. Powerful non-dungeon bosses will appear, inviting the most seasoned groups to rub shoulders with them to claim their loot, and many strongholds are waiting to be liberated by heroic adventurers.
The already substantial ARPG gaming experience will be doubled witha high level content of size, which will contribute to the progression of the characters with many challenges. The terrible waves of hell will regularly hit Sanctuary, intensifying demonic activity, all new and fearsome Nightmare dungeons will test our heroes and heroines, the paragon board system will allow characters to increase their power, the whispers of the dead will grant legendary rewards for certain bounties and finally the Fields of Hate will be the scene of glorious PvP clashes.
- Standard Edition (€69.99 on PC / €79.99 on consoles) Includes Early Access to Open Beta, Lightbringer Mount for Diablo IV, Wings of Inarius and Inarius Murloc Pet for Diablo III, Amalgam of Rage Mount for World of Warcraft, and Set Umbre Winged Darkness cosmetic for Diablo Immortal.
- Deluxe Edition (€89.99 on PC / €99.99 on consoles) : Includes all Standard Edition content plus 4 days of early access before the official release of Diablo IV, the Seasonal Battle Pass, Temptation Mount, and Inferno Shell Mount Armor for Diablo IV.
- Ultimate Edition (€99.99 on PC / €109.99 on consoles) Includes all Deluxe Edition content plus levels unlocked in the Diablo IV Seasonal Battle Pass (includes access to the Premium Battle Pass, 20 levels unlocked, and a cosmetic item) and the Wings of the Creator for Diablo IV.
- Limited Edition Collector’s Box physique Includes: Electric double-sided Candle of Creation, cloth Sanctuary map, occult mouse pad, Horadrim brooch, two matted reproductions (47cm x 27.4cm approx.) and book of artwork from Diablo IV Collector’s Edition. Available for pre-order from December 15 on the Blizzard Gear Store.
Waiting to be able to play Diablo IVand if you haven’t got your hands on it yet, Diablo III Eternal Collection is sold €24.99 on Amazon.
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