The Maggot King is returning in Diablo 4 and those familiar with the lore must have already noticed his appearance in the earlier gameplay footage. Blizzard now wants to just ascertain that fans of the franchise who missed out on the official reveal get to see him up close and personal.
The Maggot King is just an epithet. His real name is Duriel, one of the four Lesser Evils and the twin brother of Andariel, the Maiden of Anguish. He rules the realm of pain in the burning hells, which is why he’s also known as the Lord of Pain.
During one of the developer panels at BlizzCon 2019, Blizzard noted that Diablo 4 will focus on him being the lord of infestation as opposed to being the lord of pain. Hence, why during his encounter, Duriel releases maggots like creatures in a small arena and gobbles up players in his cavity-like grotesque body.
— Diablo (@Diablo) November 16, 2019
Both Duriel and Andariel made their debut in Diablo 2 but were missing in the third installment. In their place, Blizzard introduced the other remaining Lesser Evils: Belial, Lord of Lies; and Azmodan, Lord of Sin. With Duriel returning in Diablo 4, there’s a high chance that Andariel might possibly return as well.
She was imprisoned in the Black Soulstone like the rest and eventually merged with Diablo. The ancient artifact was then consumed by the archangel Malthael and upon his defeat, released the captured essences of all of the Evils — Prime and Lesser. There’s already humming about Blizzard bringing back the three Prime Evils. On that note, Blizzard may just as well bring back all of the four Lesser Evils as well. That would make Diablo 4 the first installment in the franchise to feature all of them combined, which would pit Sanctuary against the biggest demonic threat ever.
For now, Lilith takes the spotlight. The daughter of Mephisto may not be a Prime Evil but she does have many untold stories dating back to the Sin War trilogy for those who haven’t read the novels. Her union with the archangel Inarius led to the creation of the first nephalem, due to which many speculate that the mysterious pale stranger is actually her son, Rathma.
Diablo 4 is in development for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The upcoming sequel remains without a release date and based on strong speculation, won’t release before 2021. In other words, Blizzard will probably be eying a release on the next-generation consoles as well.