Diablo 4 will be released in 2023 on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S, Blizzard has announced.
Revealed during the Xbox and Bethesda 2022 showcase, Blizzard revealed a frankly gross new trailer for Diablo 4 and revealed that it will be released in 2023. Previous-gen consoles have not been forgotten as Xbox One versions , PS4 and PC will also be available. Not only that, but cross-play and cross-progression are enabled for all platforms.
Originally announced for PS4 and Xbox One alongside the mainstream PC version, the Diablo 4 website (opens in a new tab) now lists current-gen consoles, indicating the game is coming to Xbox Series X | S and PS5, with no sign of the PS4 and Xbox One logos. This implies that the delays that pushed Diablo 4 toward an expected 2023 release caused Blizzard to move away from a last-gen launch.
The website also directs players to a pre-registration page for an upcoming beta. With no further word on this from Blizzard, it’s unclear when exactly this beta will go live, but given that Microsoft is expected to complete its purchase of Activision-Blizzard next year, it’s safe to assume that we may hear news of the test later today at the Xbox and Bethesda showcase.
The developers also revealed the Necromancer – Diablo 4’s newest class – with new gameplay footage.
All of this news comes at a delicate time for Diablo. Internal difficulties at Blizzard have repeatedly delayed the project, and conversation around the new mobile spin-off Diablo Immortal suggests that while the base game is a competent twist on the Diablo formula, predatory microtransactions nearly crush the life of the game over.
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