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"By three, they come. By three, thy way opens. By the blood of the willing, we call thee home. Hail... Daughter of Hatred... Creator of Sanctuary... Hail... Lilith."
Dying Priest, Official Cinematic Announcement Trailer

After the destruction of the Black Soulstone, the defeat of the Prime Evil, and the fall of Malthael, Angel of Death, countless lives were lost and the people of Sanctuary struggled to rebuild through the darkest of days. Years have passed and, as some semblance of normal life returns, a threat as old as the land itself begins to stir and a legendary name resurfaces.

Diablo IV is the newest entry in the Diablo series, revealed at BlizzCon 2019. It is slated to be released in 2023 for the PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. Five classes have been announced: The Barbarian, returning from II and III, the Sorcerer/Sorceress returning from I and II, the Druid, returning after being absent from III, the Rogue from I, and the Necromancer from II and III.

Official Gameplay Trailer, Official Cinematic Announcement Trailer.


This game provides examples of:

  • An Adventurer Is You: Just like the previous games in the series, there are five classes to choose from. Barbarian, Sorceress, Druid, Rogue, and Necromancer.
  • The Beastmaster: The Druid, as he was in Diablo II. Wolves and Ravens have been seen in previews.
  • Blood Magic: In the cinematic announcement trailer, the seal to the door to Lilith's summoning chamber is activated by the injured priest and the two normal treasure hunters giving blood from their hands, and the gate that Lilith emerges from is a membrane formed out of the blood from their exsanguinated bodies.
  • Corrupt Church: In the Rogue announcement trailer, a priest hires the rogue to kill a number of targets and bring back their ears as proof. He claims they were a threat to his flock, but she doesn't seem impressed. Considering the cupboard full of severed ears he keeps, she might have a point.
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  • Darker and Edgier: This is one of the bleakest entries within the Diablo timeline. After the post-medieval fantasy of III, the death and destruction wrought by the Lord of Terror's army and his Prime Evils has plunged the world of Sanctuary back into the dark age. The atmosphere is also much darker, and corpses are considered a common sight and decorated around the wilderness or inside of dungeons and caverns (either impaled through stakes, or are tied up and dangling by their wrists). It's much more reminiscent of older, pre-Diablo III titles tone-wise.
  • Death by Materialism: In the cinematic announcement trailer. After having to travel to an abandoned town, enter a massive catacomb, be chased by a horde of ghouls, and use a blood sacrifice to get through the door, the treasure hunters are more concerned with coin than escaping. It cost them their lives when they're used as sacrifices to revive Lilith.
  • Dies Wide Open: In the cinematic announcement trailer, the final shot of the priest is of his bloodless corpse suspended upside down, his face still frozen in a wide-eyed stare of mingled wonder and horror at the emergence of Lilith.
  • Human Sacrifice:
    • In the cinematic announcement trailer, it takes the sacrifice of three humans to bring Lilith back to Sanctuary. Two go unwillingly, but the priest, already suffering from a gut wound, is broken enough to complete the ritual of his own volition.
    • One Village elder in Scosglen sacrifices his son to a sea demon to end the local famine. The son's ghost lives on and asks the truth be revealed.
  • No Honor Among Thieves: In the cinematic announcement trailer, the tomb raiders leave one of their number behind without a second thought, and then act like he willingly sacrificed himself for them. One even says that "gold splits better three ways instead of four" and presses on.
  • Off with His Head!: In the teaser trailer for the Necromancer, she uses blood magic to resurrect a dead person then decapitates him, turning his skull into a totem which she later uses to summon skeletal minions.
  • Survival Mantra: In the cinematic announcement trailer, as the summoner's magic breaks the bodies of the tomb robbers and suspends them against the pillars, the terrified priest frantically prays "Eternal light protects me, eternal light protects me, eternal light protects me...". To his horror, the summoner simply says "There is no light here."