One of our biggest takeaways from the recently concluded BlizzConline 2021 is that there’s about to be a lot of Blizzard’s gothic, isometric RPG, Diablo, headed our way in the very near future. Diablo Immortal, Diablo IV, and the recently-announced Diablo II: Resurrected are all upcoming Blizzard projects that are all set to release in the next few years, possibly within a year from each other. Compared to the previous 10-year gap between Diablo II in 2001 and Diablo III, this current influx of Diablo games is a virtual demon horde rush into our PCs, consoles as well as mobile devices. Let’s see how each of them are shaping up!
Release date: TBD
Diablo Immortal is the series’s first foray into the mobile genre. It was announced back in Blizzcon 2018 to a less than stellar fan response but the recent technical alpha, in which GG Network got to participate in, Immortal impressed and made believers out of skeptics.
As we said in our hands-on impressions, Diablo Immortal biggest achievement is that perfectly captures the essence and core of Diablo’s lore, atmosphere, and gameplay while also streamlining it for the mobile platform while also apparently avoiding the typical pitfalls of a mobile game.
The next step for Diablo Immortal will be an even more comprehensive alpha than the last, featuring the level cap of 60 from the previous 45 and all six playable characters from the previous five. However, the exact date and time of the next alpha have not yet been confirmed.
At the time of this writing, Diablo Immortal does not have a definite release date yet but judging from the polish that we saw on the technical alpha build it might make its way to Android and IOS very, very soon.
Release Date: TBD
Possibly the biggest announcement in Blizzcon Online was the reveal of Diablo II Resurrected, an HD retooled and remastered version of the classic dungeon crawler.
Blizzard has been hit or miss with remastering its fan favorite games before, putting up a solid job with StarCraft Remastered but infamously dropping the ball with Warcraft III Reforged. Thankfully, with the team responsible for the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy and Tony Hawk 1+2 remasters on board, Resurrected is looking more in line with the former than the latter.
The live stream featured Diablo II streamer and speedrunner, MrLLamaSC in a panel with the Resurrected development team as they ran through some of the biggest changes and additions to the game. Apart from the massive leap in graphical and audio fidelity, in both the gameplay and cinematics, some of the much-lauded tweaks are going to be the addition of a shared stash between characters, reimagined and streamlined inventory/UI, and optional auto gold pickups to name a few.
Diablo II: Resurrected is set to release on PC sometime this year to Windows PC and, for the first time, consoles with cross-progression! PC players can sign up now at www.diablo2.com for a chance to participate in upcoming public testing!
Release Date: 2022 or later
Diablo IV was already previously announced way back in last year’s Blizzcon to the tune of a macabre trailer revealing the games big bad, Lilith. The big update on the game this year is the return of the Rogue class by way of this grim but undeniably cool character reveal trailer:
The Rogue hasn’t been seen since their glory days back in the very first Diablo game but Diablo IV sees the class return in a massive way. The Rogue looks almost like an untouchable and deadly blur on the battlefield in the trailer, dashing and zipping around enemies and striking at them from a distance with her bow attacks or cutting them up with her daggers when they get too close.
Diablo IV also does not have a definite release date but sources have cited that this is the farthest out from the trio of games in the franchise. Looking at possibly a 2022 release or more likely later than that.
Overall, it seems that there will be Diablo games up to our horns in the year to come, maybe even a game per year if all the macabre symbols align. Best sharpen those blades and ready yourself for the hellspawn to come as the invasion starts this year!
Which Diablo game are you excited about the most? Let us know in the comments below! For more BlizzConline 2021 stuff check out Hearthstone’s Year of the Gryphon Kicks Off with A Ton of Major Announcements and Blizzard Teases More Details for Overwatch 2
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