News | Appearance of Diablo 4 characters is fully customizable

In Diablo 4, players can completely customize their character's appearance.

This is evident from a new development update from Blizzard that was posted online yesterday. For the first time in the series, players can customize the appearance of characters in great detail, from eye and hair color to tattoos, makeup and jewelry. You can also choose the color of the characters’ clothing.

Blizzard also shared improvements made to the game’s technical and graphical aspects. For example, in terms of art style, the game should be more like the first parts in the series. Artwork was also revealed in the update. Everything can be read and seen here.

Earlier this year, the new Rogue class for Diablo 4 was unveiled. The game was announced at Blizzcon 2019 and is coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, although it is likely that the game will also appear on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and S. There is no release date yet, although it is already clear that Diablo 4 will not be released this year.


News | Rogue class for Diablo 4 revealed

Blizzard unveiled the Rogue class for Diablo 4 at the opening ceremony of BlizzCon 2021.

It is the fourth class to be revealed after the Barbarian, Druid and Sorceress. That means that one more class has to be announced.

The Rogue is a new version of an original class from the first Diablo. It moves very quickly across the battlefield and can run at close range as well as from a distance. In addition, players can completely customize the look, play style and backstory of the class.

The Rogue reveal features Diablo 4’s first new gameplay since the game was announced at BlizzCon 2019. Diablo 4 is coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, although it is likely that versions will also appear on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and S. There is no release date yet, although it is already clear that Diablo 4 will not be released this year.


Preview | Diablo IV

Good news for everyone who hated Diablo 3: in Diablo 4 the most frequently heard criticisms will be resolved.

Who still remembers the controversy surrounding Diablo 3? The game was under fire both before and after appearance. Gamers were initially angry at the graphic style as it would be far too colorful compared to Diablo 2. And then it turned out that the game could only be played with an internet connection. Painful, especially because the servers were out the first days.

A little later the game introduced a marketplace for found weapons and armor with which you could earn real money. In this way, Blizzard hoped to earn a little pocket money after the launch, but soon this system turned out to ruin the metagame. The new skill system also felt limited for many, because you could only link upgrades to specific attacks.

Since then, Blizzard has polished Diablo 3 to turn it into a game fans were hoping for. The plug was pulled out of the marketplace and in the Reaper of Souls expansion a more dark and grim style was used.

A new talent system ensures that you can adjust it to your own taste. Once in so many levels you get new points, which you can invest in extra upgrades on a screen. A standard system in many games, but for Diablo 4 a return to the classic form. This gives you more freedom to customize a character to your own taste, which makes more potential builds possible.

Just like in previous Diablo’s, you are constantly looking for new equipment. In Diablo 3 that could sometimes be confusing, for example if you had to choose between pants with 5 percent extra attack power or 500 raw attack power,  because then you suddenly had to make difficult calculations. Blizzard hopes to prevent this hassle in Diablo 4.

The runesystem is back. You will find all kinds of runes during your journeys through dungeons, which you can then put in your gear. In this way, a weak weapon can eventually measure itself against a legendary sword. And because you choose the runes yourself, you can adapt a weapon to your playing style.

The world of Diablo 4 is dark and bloody. Slaughter a horde of enemies and your hero will soon be drenched in blood, leaving behind broken carcasses. The world looks brown and gray, with hardly any room for contrasting colors. With that, Blizzard recreates the style of Diablo 2. As a result, the game also feels like a kind of crazy reference to the late 1990s, when games tried to distinguish themselves by being as bloody and ‘mature’ as possible.

In the demo we had a series of simple missions. There was a short story to play, about a boy who had nightmares about a possessed cave. Once we arrived we saw the spirits of a father who drowned his son as a sacrifice to the gods. It is the dark undertone that Diablo 4 wants to convey more often in his stories, the developers tell us. There were no winners here: after crossing the dungeon and beating the boss, it appeared in the village that the dreaming boy had suddenly died.

Side missions sent us to the corners of the world to defeat enemies in a fairly standard way, but these are not the only ways to deviate from the story. Diablo 4 is an open game, with gigantic environments that you can explore freely. During a walking tour we encountered everything, including mysterious dungeons and adventurers who needed our help. In Diablo 4 it pays to blindly pull out, making the game feel more like a rpg than the previous part.

The areas in Diablo 4 also feel a lot more vertical than in the previous part. Dungeons are no longer linear paths, but require that you climb multiple floors. As a result, the environments feel more like a real world, rather than a set of mapped out levels. In addition, for the first time you can roll into the PC version of a Diablo game: that option was originally only introduced in the console version of Diablo 3.

It will probably take a while longer for Diablo 4 to appear, but the first game session promises a lot. This is the grim Diablo that people longed for in part three, with more freedom and a more robust system to adjust your character to your own taste. You still have to be online to play the game, but in 2019 we can live a lot better with it.

Diablo 4 is being developed for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It is not yet known when the game will appear.


News | There will be Micro Transactions in Diablo IV

Since the announcement of Diablo IV, information continues to flow in. For example, many people stumble over the possible micro transactions. One of the main developers has since confirmed that there are indeed micro transactions in the game.

Joe Shely, lead developer of Diablo 4, confirmed during a Twitch interview that there are cosmetic micro transactions in the new Diablo game. The main goal of the in-game store is to offer players “Options that would otherwise not be present,” said Shely.

Shely further emphasizes that it is absolutely impossible to make yourself stronger with the help of micro transactions, it’s therefore purely for cosmetic purposes. It is not yet clear what the shop will offer.

In an interview Blizzard developers Zaven Haroutunian and Sean Murphy said that Diablo IV will receive several expansion packages after publication. The developer therefore intends to support the game for a long time.

“We are going to release the basic game first,” said the duo. “Then we have plans for several expansions.” It is not yet known what is being dealt with in those extensions.

Curious about our first impression of Diablo 4? Read the preview here.

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News | BlizzCon 2019 Highlights

Prior to Blizzcon's opening ceremony, Blizzard Entertainment returned to the Heartstone incident in which e-athlete Ng "Blitzchung" Wai Chung who was disqualified due to his statements about the situation in Hong Kong.

Blizzard had the opportunity to bring the world together in a difficult Heartstone e-sport moment a month ago, and we didn’t, ”says Brack.  “We made our decision too quickly and – to make matters worse – were too slow to talk to you about it.

“There are two things that I am most disappointed with.  The first is that we have not met the high standards that we have set ourselves, and the second is that we have failed to achieve our goal.  I apologize for that and take all the responsibility.”

According to Brack, Blizzcon is proof that video games bring the world together.  He says that the event must demonstrate how everyone can express themselves in “all ways, in all places”.

Blizzard has announced Diablo 4 during Blizzcon 2019.

The first trailer gives an extensive look at treasure hunters fighting demons in a dark dungeon.  The game takes place ‘many years’ after Diablo 3 and shows the resurrection of a ‘legendary name’.

Director Luis Barriga then told more about the themes and gameplay of Diablo 4. The game returns to the ‘dark roots’ of the franchise in both art style and story.

The game also gets a more extensive world, including a ‘gothic and medieval version of hell’.  The game also includes PvP zones where players can compete against each other.

The first three classes are also revealed in the gameplay trailer: the Barbarian, Sorceress and Druid.

During Blizzcon 2019, Blizzard unveiled the latest expansion for World of Warcraft, called Shadowlands.

The cinematic trailer for Shadowlands reveals that The Lich King, the antagonist of the Wrath of the Lich King expansion, is returning.

Director Ion Hazzikostas explains that players visit the Shadowlands, the hereafter in the Warcraft lore. There are the new zones Bastion, Revendreth and Ardenwald. Well-known characters from earlier expansions also return.

In terms of gameplay features, Hazzikostas revealed that Shadowlands is again adding new raids, including the Tower of the Damned.  This weekend Blizzard will hold a ‘What’s Next panel’ in which the expansion is discussed in more detail.

During Blizzcon 2019, director Jeff Kaplan announced Overwatch 2.

The video, called Zero Hour, shows Tracer, Winston and Mei who repel a giant robot attack in Paris.  During the fight, several well-known characters join, such as Genji and Reinhardt, after which they take down a big robot together.  The meeting leads to the return of Overwatch.

Kaplan also unveiled cooperative story missions, the first of which is called Rio de Janeiro.  In this game players have to free cities from the aforementioned robots. Apart from that, there are Hero Missions: replayable co-op missions for four players, similar to Adventure Mode from Diablo.  In this mode, players can train heroes and unlock skills.

PvP is also still part of the franchise, with a new mode called Push.  This weekend, the mode is playable for visitors to Blizzcon, so it will probably become more clear about what the mode actually entails.  Blizzard also revealed that all 31 heroes will get a new look, in addition to the announcement of the new heroes Sojourn and Echo.

The multiplayer mode of Overwatch 2 is shared with the original game, with all new maps and heroes also coming to Overwatch.  Players who switch to Overwatch 2 take all their progress into the game.

Blizzcon 2019 is taking place in Anaheim, California this weekend.