Diablo 4 will have ‘dark, gritty and gross’ atmosphere similar to Diablo 2
Information on character classes, mounts, a possible open world, and even the main villain have leaked for the upcoming Diablo 4.
It now seems almost certain that Diablo 4 (and probably Overwatch 2) will be unveiled at BlizzCon this weekend, with the first specific details leaking out via a reliable source on Reddit.
The main point is that the atmosphere will be heavily influenced by Diablo 2, which is rumoured to be getting a remaster that will also be announced at BlizzCon.
The leaker describes the tone as ‘dark, gritty and gross’ with ‘no more rainbow shiny bulls***’. The latter is a reference to early screenshots of Diablo 3 which fans were outraged to find included colours other than grey and, in one case, dared to feature a rainbow.
This deeply offended some Diablo fans, who immediately went on the rampage demanding changes and even photoshopping the screenshots to make them look the way they wanted.
‘Locations are toned down, infrequently laid with corpses, wasteland, greyish deserts, clut [sic] caves surrounded by flesh, rotten crypts, marshes and bogs, plagued cities you name it’, writes Redditor Practicalbrush12.
The main villain of the game will be Lilith, whose presence was already leaked by an artbook. And while it’s not clear if the game will have a proper open world environment apparently it’s big enough that you’ll need horses and other mounts.
As now expected, the game will have four-player co-op and, maybe, PvP at launch. Three classes have also been leaked so far: the druid, mage, and barbarian.
The druid can use lighting and wind powers, as well as transform into animals such as a bear and werewolf. The mage uses fire, ice, and lighting powers; while the barbarian uses only melee weapons.
Practicalbrush12 not only has an impressive history of reliable leaks, about a wide range of games, but he’s also backed up by well-known industry analyst Daniel Ahmad, who appears to corroborate his information.
Of course, it’s only a few days ago that fans were up in arms about Blizzard’s handling of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, with threats of boycotts and vows never to buy any of their games again.
Already that tone seems to be softening though and if Blizzard does play into nostalgia for Diablo 2 then Blizzard may well find themselves back in fans’ good books sooner rather than later.
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