Diablo IV was revealed by Blizzard at this year’s BlizzCon and three classes – Barbarian, the Sorceress, and the Druid – were announced. However, game director Luis Barriga has also confirmed during a panel that Diablo IV is in early development and so a release date is not soon.
“A game of this scope takes time,” Barriga explained. “This is a very, very early first step. We’re not coming out soon….not even Blizzard soon.”
Lead designer Angela Del Priore also confirmed that although Diablo IV can be played solo, it won’t come with an offline mode. “We are not going to support an offline mode,” he said. “But as I said before, nothing in Diablo IV is going to require partying up. You can play solo and dungeons are private. Campaign quest areas will remain private.”
Before the Diablo IV announcement, Blizzard CEO J. Allen Brack also publicly apologised for the company’s recent controversy over the suspension of a Hearthstone player for expressing pro-Hong Kong views.
“Blizzard had the opportunity to bring the world together in a tough Hearthstone esports moment a month ago, and we did not,” Brack told the audience. “We moved too quickly in our decision-making, and to make matters worse we were too slow to talk to all of you.
“When I think about what I’m most unhappy about it was two things – first, we didn’t live up to the high standards we set ourselves and the second, we failed in our purpose. For that I accept responsibility and I am sorry.