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Cherub Cow
Member
Wed Nov 13 07:17:13
Diablo IV hype thread! (And game-time thread if it's released in this century?)

"Diablo 4 - Official Announcement Cinematic Trailer | Blizzcon 2019"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SSYzl9fXOQ
Cherub Cow
Member
Wed Nov 13 07:17:23
"Diablo 4 - Barbarian, Sorcerer & Druid Official Gameplay Trailer"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ae42e8Flb5o
Cherub Cow
Member
Wed Nov 13 07:22:25
Looks like Blizzard will post updates here:
http://blizzard.gamespress.com/Diablo-IV
Cherub Cow
Member
Wed Nov 13 07:23:38
And the general game page is here:
http://diablo.blizzard.com/
(With a general link like that, I expect it to be broken by 2021 — currently 2019, for reference)

..and as I mentioned in thread "#UGTwit107", "People keep bringing up the Hong Kong issue, but while China is China (messed up to the bitter end), *if* Blizzard releases a good game, then it should be weighed on its own merits. It's the same thing for me with actors like Tom Cruise; I don't care if he's a Scientologist if he makes good movies. That being said.. who knows if this'll be a good game."

I agree with WoO that there's reason to be optimistic, and in the mean time I'm looking at the former games ;p
Repel
Member
Wed Nov 13 08:19:24
Diablo 3 anyone? Seems I can play that on the us servers without buying the whole freaking game again :p
damian db
Moderator
Wed Nov 13 12:52:13
I was at blizzcon and played the demo on the floor as a druid. It was quite fun and a beautiful game. I'm excited. Just seeing the slick blood coating the werebear/wolf forms was awesome.
Repel
Member
Wed Nov 13 14:07:33
It has a druid as playable character? K I'm sold!
Cherub Cow
Member
Thu Nov 14 05:29:45
Druid looks super cool too. The wolf seems even taller than the bear :D

..
"I was at blizzcon and played the demo on the floor as a druid."

Cool! Does it look pretty finished, then? I'm wondering how close they might be to release... maybe they'd shoot for (early?) summer 2020...
damian db
Moderator
Fri Nov 15 06:08:49
While it looks pretty crisp, it was a very small demo compared to the game. I was at level 20, couldn't test any talents besides what it had picked. new gear dropped and they had some runes to demo them, but it was very streamlined for the convention. My hope is more early 2021, more than likely though late 2021. One of the guys that was with me believe late 2020, but I don't think it will be ready by then.
Cherub Cow
Member
Fri Nov 15 06:15:05
:'(
Cherub Cow
Member
Sun Nov 17 04:12:04
Diablo 1 was put on GOG in March of this year (2019), btw.
http://www.gog.com/game/diablo
..which means that it's finally playable on Windows 10 right from download instead of the previous method of using an iso or dealing with crashes and bad mod versions. I started playing it yesterday and have been having fun :D
Cherub Cow
Member
Mon Mar 02 23:41:00
Sounds like Damian was on target with that late 2021 prediction for a Diablo IV release. They've started a "quarterly update" blog, so they intend to take their time.. which is good.. just hope that we don't get wiped out by Chinese viral weapons before they finish ;)

..
February 26, 2020 update:
http://new...quarterly-update-february-2020
TLDR:
- They took feedback from the Con and implemented some changes
- Looks like they've made aesthetic updates to the inventory screens ("our goal of a gritty, realistic UI")
- Experimenting with menu positions for PC and console versions
- Plot and gameplay side: monsters distributed into four "families" (cultists, cannibals, drowned, and.. an unreleased family?). It's supposed to correspond to how the other Diablos used "families", like, Diablo 1 had skeletons/zombies (undead), meats, animals, whatever.

I hope they don't spend too much time with console accommodations, since console is for dirty peasants ;p
Repel
Member
Tue Mar 03 05:23:35
"I hope they don't spend too much time with console accommodations, since console is for dirty peasants ;p"

you are our new savior CC! *falls on his knees and kisses ground she walks on*
Cherub Cow
Member
Tue Mar 03 07:42:08
Lol
I shall usher in an era of console intolerance! \:D/
nhill
Member
Wed Mar 04 11:45:22
PC Master Race has you covered there. :)
hood
Member
Thu Mar 05 00:09:08
You could just play Grim Dawn though.
Cherub Cow
Member
Thu Mar 05 04:22:40
tw recommended that one too... okay, I'm sold :)
Cherub Cow
Member
Wed Oct 07 08:27:52
Blizzard released another quarterly update in late September (2020). One notable thing was the skill tree artwork:
http://bli...eight=4096&mode=pad&format=jpg
Backup image here, since Blizzard always breaks their links: http://i.imgur.com/xpqCAPU.jpg

That was the centerpiece of the Q3 update (developing the sorceress' skill tree):
http://news.blizzard.com/en-us/diablo4/23529210/diablo-iv-quarterly-update-september-2020
A familiar spell name appears: charged bolt. They also have demos of some spell animations. I didn't read too closely, since it's too early for the small details to matter ;p
Cherub Cow
Member
Sat Feb 20 11:39:26
Blizzard gave a big Diablo IV update for BlizzCon:

"BlizzConline 2021 - Diablo IV: What's Next"
[Diablo; February 19th, 2021]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CO3LQqpiBvQ
• Rogue character announced (Diablo 1 throwback)
• They did another D1&D2 throw-back with PvP ear-collecting in the cinematic. The people in this video only seem to reference it from D2, so they may never have played D1... so that's... interesting... I pointed this out in a comment there :p .. it looks like Joe Piepiora joined Blizzard in 2017 and Careena Kingdom joined in 2012.. so that explains it. I kind of doubt that anyone who played Diablo 1 in the '90s would be involved in making Diablo IV. Working for Blizzard must be like getting hired at any tech company nowadays: just a standard cubicle job.
• They added horsies and horsie-riding, but they call them "mounts" because that's the l33t gam3r thing to do post-WoW or whatever. Just call them horsies and ponies! Make it yours! ;p
• they added character customization screens (so not just the stock characters like in D1&D2); not sure if they let you alter their faces, but they preview changes to tattoos, scars, skin color, hair color, eye color, makeup, and starting clothes..
• Lots of similar mechanics from Diablo 2 were brought back, like fire/ice/poison imbued items — mostly standard hack&slash powers nowadays
• Optional PvP zones added which have special items and bonuses to incentivize people to enter and fight each other

It looks very nice, especially the worlds. The art was a definite focus, and it shows. I don't necessarily like their treatment of the rogue (huge departure from Diablo 1), but I know my tastes in games doesn't drive any market anywhere ;p

Current speculation has Diablo IV releasing in 2022 ( http://www.pcgamesn.com/diablo-4/release-date ). That's based on development milestones still needed and "Activision saying that 2022 will be a “big year” for “Blizzard in particular.”"
..So plenty of time to run through your Steam library ;)
McKobb
Member
Fri Feb 26 06:36:16
kinda interested in D2 remake tbh
Cherub Cow
Member
Sun Feb 28 10:11:22
It looks pretty cool! My understanding is that it's exactly the same game mechanics but updated art and graphics, which would be awesome. I've heard some people say that that game-play is "dated", but I recently replayed Diablo 1 a few times (which was updated by a third party to have better detail), and that still holds up, so those people just don't get it :p

Diablo 2 remastered looks scheduled for release in December 2021, btw. That seems to give further weight to expectations that Diablo IV will release in early/mid 2022, since it's an appropriate marketing move to get people playing Diablo 2 to hype up Diablo IV.
OsamaIsDaWorstPresid
Member
Sun Apr 11 10:12:41
thay tried 2 kil dieblo 2 cus they were woried it wuld compete wit dieblo 3 wich wuz a pise of shit rofl
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