News | Diablo Immortal will not appear in the Netherlands and Belgium

Diablo Immortal will not be released in the Netherlands and Belgium. This is because of 'the current operating conditions for games in those countries'.

A communication manager from Activision-Blizzard Benelux has informed Tweakers about this. The game will not be available on smartphone app stores or on Battle.net for PC.

“This is related to the current operating conditions for games in those countries,” Blizzard’s communications manager told Tweakers. This seems to mean the legislation regarding loot boxes, an important part of Diablo Immortal.

In the Netherlands, the legislation regarding loot boxes seems to be relaxed. Earlier this year, the Dutch Gaming Authority lost a lawsuit against Electronic Arts about loot boxes in Fifa. In Belgium, the rules are still strict.

In the rest of the world, Diablo Immortal will be released on June 2 on iOS, Android and PC. The PC version is an open beta. The game was made in collaboration with the Chinese internet company NetEase and is intended to bring the well-known Diablo gameplay with new storylines and characters to phones and tablets.


News | Open beta Diablo 2 Resurrected will be held this weekend

The open beta of Diablo 2: Resurrected will be held this weekend.

The beta has been running for almost a week for people who pre-ordered the game or received a code via Twitch, but this weekend the beta can be played by everyone. Both the single player and multiplayer modes can be tested. In addition, there is cross-progression between the PC and console versions.

The open beta begins on August 20 at 7:00 PM on PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and S, and Xbox One. It ends on August 23 at 7:00 PM. You can already install the beta from today.

In the open beta, five different classes are playable (Barbarian, Druid, Amazon, Sorceress, and Paladin). Assassin and Necromancer will also be added upon release of the game. In the beta, the first two acts from the game are playable.

Diablo 2: Resurrected, out September 23, includes both the main game and the Lord of Destruction expansion. Players can expect improved animations and effects, dynamic lighting and 4K resolution. The game is being developed by Blizzard in partnership with Vicarious Visions and will be released for PC, Xbox Series X and S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. The latter console is not part of the beta period.


News | Open Beta for Diablo 2 Resurrected Announced

An open beta of Diablo 2 Resurrected will be held over the weekend of August 20.

The open beta begins on August 20 at 7:00 PM on PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and S, and Xbox One. It ends on August 23 at 7:00 PM. The beta can be installed on August 18.

People who pre-ordered the game or bought the Diablo Prime Evil Collection can already participate in an Early Access period this weekend.

In the open beta, five different classes are playable which are the Barbarian, Druid, Amazon, Sorceress, and Paladin. Assassin and Necromancer will also be added upon release of the game. In the beta, the first two acts from the game are playable. Multiplayer is also playable, no PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold subscription is required. Progress made can be carried over to the full version of the game.

Diablo 2: Resurrected, out September 23, includes both the main game and the Lord of Destruction expansion. Players can expect improved animations and effects, dynamic lighting and 4K resolution. The game is being developed by Blizzard in partnership with Vicarious Visions and will be released for PC, Xbox Series X and S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. The latter console is not part of the beta period.


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 | Diablo 2: Resurrected announced for consoles and PC

Diablo 2: Resurrected was announced yesterday during BlizzCon 2021 for PC and consoles.

Rumors had been circulating for some time that a new version of Diablo 2 was in the works. Diablo 2: Resurrected is a full HD remaster of the original in three dimensions.

The game includes both the main game and the Lord of Destruction expansion. Players can expect improved animations and effects, dynamic lighting and a 4K resolution. 27 minutes of the game’s cutscenes have been completely remade. The soundtrack also supports Dolby 7.1 surround sound.

Players can switch between the classic game and the remaster at any time. There are seven classes to choose from: the Amazon, Barbarian, Necromancer, Paladin, Sorceress, Assassin, and Druid.

The game is being developed by Blizzard in partnership with Vicarious Visions, and should be released on PC, Xbox Series X and S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch sometime later this year. All versions support cross-progression.


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.


News | There's a rumor about an Diablo and Overwatch animated series

Netflix may be working on an animation series based on the Overwatch and Diablo franchises. Nick van Dyke, president of the film and television division of Activision-Blizzard, posted the projects on his LinkedIn account.

Nick van Dyke’s LinkedIn profile states that he is responsible for adapting Activision Blizzards intellectual property for film and TV. There is something remarkable about his job as executive producer of Skylanders Academy. “Executive producer of Diablo, a TV adaptation of Blizzard Entertainments intellectual property, rendered in anime style.” According to his profile, the show is currently in preproduction and the show will air on Netflix.

There is also a striking game title in the description, namely Overwatch. The work description states that a series based on Blizzards Overwatch has already been developed and sold. This paragraph does not specifically describe that the series is coming to Netflix.

Netflix and Blizzard themselves have not yet confirmed either of these two animated series, so whether and when the series will be released is questionable.


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 | See Diablo Immortal in action

Blizzard has released a gameplay trailer for the upcoming mobile game Diablo Immortal.

The game was not featured in the opening ceremony of BlizzCon last Friday, games like Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4 were shown there. Nevertheless, Blizzard paid attention to the mobile game at other times during BlizzCon.

Diablo Immortal becomes a “mobile massively multiplayer online action rpg”, abbreviated to mmoarpg. The game is made in collaboration with the Chinese internet company NetEase and is to bring the well-known Diablo gameplay with new storylines and characters to phones and tablets. Players can play with or without group play and experience dynamic events as a monk, crusader, demon hunter, necromancer, or barbarian.

The game still has no release date, although NetEase already indicated in March that the game is almost ready.