Diablo 4 release date is rumored to be set for April

The next installment in the Diablo franchise was first announced back in 2019. There’s been rumors and hints suggesting when Diablo 4 would be releasing since but nothing beyond mere speculation. However, recent reports suggest that Diablo 4 has been given a release date and will launch sometime in April 2023.

During episode 133 of the XboxEra Podcast, co-founder Jon Clarke provided some insight on Diablo 4. According to Clarke Diablo 4 will be showcased with a “fancy new trailer,” at the upcoming Game Awards. This year’s Game Awards take place on December 8 live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The event will be live-streamed on both Twitch and YouTube for viewers at home to watch.

Alongside this trailer Blizzard will also reveal the release date for Diablo 4. Clarke claims that this release date is expected to be April 2023. For its launch fans will be able to order a physical ultimate edition that will come will a variety of relevant merchandise.

However, you might not have to wait until April to try Diablo 4. In the same podcast, Clarke goes on to describe a potential early access beta that will run in February 2023. This is described as an open beta suggesting that everybody will be able to try it out without having to first pre-order Diablo 4.

Seasonal content

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Alongside confirming the release date for Diablo 4, Clarke also details how the RPG’s monetization will look. Unsurprisingly, Blizzard appears to be leaning toward a seasonal model which has become increasingly popular in AAA development. Players can expect seasonal content releases and a battle pass mechanic of sorts.

What that means for you is hard to say. Some battle passes are cosmetic only and are simply designed to encourage player retention. However, others are more problematic and lock important upgrades behind an additional paywall. Given how Diablo Immortal turned out it’s reasonable to be skeptical until Blizzard proves itself trustworthy.

Blizzard not releasing Overwatch 2 or Diablo 4 in 2021

It is reported that Blizzard not releasing Overwatch 2 or Diablo 4 in 2021

With Blizzcon right around the corner, many gamers are excited to see what Blizzard has to offer. But if the American games publisher’s financial report is anything to buy, we could be waiting a while. The report states that despite making “significant progress,” on these titles, Blizzard not releasing Overwatch 2 as it should not be expected in 2021.

Both Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4 were first announced way back at BlizzCon in 2019. And yet since updates on either game have been extremely limited. Even worse, the original Overwatch has hardly been touched outside of new skins and a single deathmatch map. If players have to wait over twelve months longer for a sequel then that’s far from ideal.

What Blizzard thinking?

Blizzard not releasing Overwatch 2

I’m sure in an ideal world Blizzard could greenlight Overwatch 2 for a 2021 release. However, the simple truth is that the game is most likely nowhere near ready. I doubt either Diablo 4 or Overwatch 2 were even announced when they were supposed to be.

Those with good memories will probably remember the state Blizzard was in leading up to Blizzcon 2019. It had just handed out penalties to several pro players and casters for promoting Taiwanese independence in an official Livestream. After the Chinese government pushed it to do something, it resorted to banning everyone involved.

There was an uproar against Blizzard for what many perceived as an abuse of power. Not only that but by making this move it had effectively told the world the CCP was more important than its own community. Hardly a good move from a PR perspective.

Blizzard not releasing Overwatch 2

Considering this, it likely pushed the announcement of Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2 forward to steady the tide. Many gamers at the time warmed up to Blizzard after the announcements due to the hype of getting to play such anticipated sequels. But over a year later and we’re left wondering if it was the right move after all. Either way, it looks as though we’ll be waiting until 2022 for the next big Blizzard release.