Diablo 4 - 2020 Gameplay & Spoilers
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During Blizzcon 2019, Blizzard Entertainment confirmed Diablo 4.
No release date has been officially published.
It's still too early (some areas of the game are still in concepting, while others are being actively implemented) - but we do want to make sure we're checking in with you on systems of interest as they come together, concept art, and possibly in-progress models. [...] What content we end up showing will drive the production needs, which is part of why it's so hard for me to give you an estimate on arrival.Nevalistis — Community Manager, Blizzard Entertainment
Diablo 3 was released on May 15, 2012 to critical acclaim. Although there was some contention about Diablo 3's Auction House system, it was able to mostly dodge criticism regarding money grubbing. Diablo 4 has yet to prove able to dodge upcoming criticisms about the preemptively early news concerning microtransactions.
Diablo 4 will have Microtransactions
According to Joe Shely, lead designer, Diablo 4's microtransactions will be cosmetic only. He also states:
Diablo IV will be available as a base game, and […] we’re going to have expansions. You also will be able to acquire cosmetics in the game.Joe Shely — Lead Designer, Diablo 4
Diablo 4 will require Online Connectivity
Blizzard has confirmed, in a statement to GameSpot that online connectivity will be required for playing. This includes solo play.
We are not going to support an offline mode. But as I said before, nothing in Diablo 4 is going to require partying up. You can play solo and dungeons are private. Campaign quest areas will remain private.Angela Del Priore — Lead UI Designer, Diablo 4
This is not entirely uncommon for games in 2020, but could be problematic for those with limited or sporadic internet connections.
Diablo 4 will have PvP
Some areas of the game will be specific PvP areas, where players can opt-in to engage. It has not yet been confirmed if there will be leaderboards or ranking, but time will certainly tell.