Blizzard has outlined a series of quarterly updates that will provide regular insight on how Diablo 4 is being developed behind the scenes.
In an open letter addressed to the community earlier today, game director Luis Barriga stated that everyone at Blizzard has been absolutely “floored by the overall reception” since BlizzCon 2019 was done. The developer has been keeping close tabs on all discussions that the community has been involved in. Based on the gathered feedback, most of what Blizzard is currently assessing for Diablo 4 relates to gameplay mechanics and systems, items and stats, visuals and art style, and the contiguous open-world, among others.
The first of the quarterly updates will be provided in February and will cover several topics of discussion that remain unknown for now. Diablo 4 will be shaped based on what majority of fans and players want and through these “cool” updates, Blizzard will be relaying the ongoing development process.
We’re also excited about a cool update we’re planning for you in February of next year. It will be the first in a series of quarterly updates where we’ll share behind-the-scenes looks at our progress going forward.
In addition, before the anticipated February event, lead systems designer David Kim will be providing a few clarifications in the coming weeks. He will not only be sharing his own thoughts about Diablo 4 but also addressing concerns and answering open questions.
Diablo 4 is still a long way off and remains without a release date. The only thing certain is that development is being done for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The recent confirmation about quarterly updates through 2020 pretty much nails down the speculation that Diablo 4 won’t release next year. The more popular consensus is that the much-awaited sequel will see the light of day in perhaps mid or late 2021.
Blizzard is looking to create the perfect entry into the franchise with Diablo 4 by amassing all the good from Diablo 2 and enhancing that experience by adding modern-day improvements. One of them is the potential support for cross-play, something that was hoped to be there for the last installment. Blizzard did mention certain technicalities that need to be ironed out first but considering the amount of development time remaining, the developer wants to see cross-play on day one.
Suffice to say, outside of the amazing cinematic trailer and gameplay footage, there’s not much to go on right now to understand Diablo 4 better. The sequel does look promising but the more cautious fans would be awaiting more details before making a decision. Blizzard did mention a few tidbits outside of the main announcement through the BlizzCon 2019 developer panels. Those little details have been scraped together here for your browsing.