Even though BlizzCon 2019 has come and gone, that doesn’t mean that there’s not plenty of stuff for us to dissect, and how the world of Diablo 4 has changed from the previous games is one of the biggest things people are talking about, along with what new places we’ll be visiting.
At the Diablo 4 World and Lore panel at BlizzCon, a number of Diablo 4 developers went into a sizable amount of detail on how the world of Diablo 4 has changed between Diablo 3 and now. The design aesthetic, the method of environmental storytelling, and more have all been changed, and we’ll get to see it all when the game launches.
To start off, the design team appears to be going for a much more Gnostic sense of things in Sanctuary. Gnosticism is a religious school of thought that portrays the material world as full of evil, with the supreme god being absent and the creator deity of the universe being an inferior spirit.
This is illustrated with enemies like the Blood Bishop, formerly a pious servant of the faith but now having been corrupted into a monster through the evil permeating the world of Diablo 4. This evil can also be seen in the large number of different places players will be going.
We’ll be heading to eastern Sanctuary this time around, visiting the dark and wild forests of Scosglen, the fetid swamps of Hawezar, the sinister passes of the Fractured Peaks, the scorching deserts of the Dry Steppes, and we’ll even be returning to Zhekistan, which we’d previously visited in Diablo 3 when we went to the city of Caldeum.
Along with more regions to explore, we’ll also be traveling between them in different ways. Gone are the days where you have a few small regions to explore and periodically warp back from to town. Now the world of Diablo 4 is much larger and much more open to exploration, and every area is full of secrets for players to discover.
We still don’t have a release date for Diablo 4 yet, but you’ll be able to explore it all when the game eventually releases on the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC. To see more of the lore panel for yourself, follow this link.