Ever since the Diablo 4 reveal at BlizzCon 2019, the game’s developers have been keeping fans of the game update about what the fourth instalment of the game will have to offer.
Despite the challenges faced by developers due to lockdowns around the world, the team recently said that development is going “well”.
Rod Fergusson was quoted by PC Gamer as saying during a recent GDC Q&A livestream.:
“I had a full eight days in office. I started on a Tuesday and then the following Thursday, everybody was on work from home.
“It’s been really hard actually, for me, because I think people who know me and have worked with me know that part of what I thrive on and do well in is [being] in the room with people, and talking, and trying to motivate and understand, and collaborating and those sorts of things. The push, kind of taking one of my sort of quote-unquote ‘superpowers’ and putting it behind a video screen, I found really hard.”
This was back in August and there was no further hint of when the game might actually release. However, we do know what to expect from the character classess, as revealed back in 2019.
“At launch, Diablo IV will have five unique character classes, each bringing its own distinct mechanics that embodies their respective fantasy,” the team said back in November last year.
Three of those have been looked at in more detail as explained below on the official Blizzard website.
Diablo 4: Barbarian
A brutal, physical warrior, the Barbarian roams around the battlefield constantly, dishing heavy damage and wielding an array of powerful weapons with ease.
With the Arsenal system, Barbarians can swap between different types of weapons, such as from a heavy two-handed mace to a pair of sharp, agile hand axes, depending on the situation, skill, and your player needs.
Barbarians will be able to haul around four total weapons and swap between them dynamically at any time. You’ll also be able to assign specific weapons to different skills, allowing advanced players even greater depths of customization.
Diablo 4: Sorceress
Harnessing potent elemental powers, the Sorceress is brimming with all your favourite flavours of magic.
Fragile but destructive, this high-risk, high-reward hero weaves between Fire, Cold, and Lightning. Her mastery of magic is an iconic and indelible part of the Diablo power fantasy, and we’ve only continued to build upon this sturdy foundation.
You’ll be able to control and dominate enemies with a new Chilling mechanic. The more Cold damage you deal, the more foes will be slowed, frozen, and eventually shattered by your attacks.
Diablo 4: Druid
The master of shapeshifting makes his triumphant return to Sanctuary! Seamlessly changing forms from human to Werebear to Werewolf, his command over earth and storm magic is second to none.
Different skills utilize different forms, and entirely new skills like Cataclysm will annihilate hordes of enemies with the unbridled fury of nature itself. Storm magic persists on the battlefield, so you’ll be able to unleash torrents of lightning, wind, and rain before shifting forms to ravage foes.
Diablo 4 is in development for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and fans will probably have to wait until the virtua BlizzCon in 2021 to find out what the official release date will be.