Rumour: Plans Scrapped for Souls-Like Diablo 4, Now an Isometric RPG Inspired by Diablo 2

Written by Neil Soutter on Thu, Nov 22, 2018 5:23 PM
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Unsurprisingly, Diablo 4’s history is long and troubled. If we can even call it Diablo 4. This is one particular project that sounds as if it’s been chopped and changed, canceled and restarted, splintering off into different directions as Blizzard tries to understand what a Diablo 3 sequel would even look like.

So Kotaku’s sources say that in its current incarnation, Diablo IV is an isometric RPG that leans heavily into the style and aesthetic of Diablo II. We’re talking a bit moody, dark and grim compared to Diablo 3. However, it hasn’t been this forever, and it may not even be like this when it’s eventually out, which is why Blizzard hasn’t been prepared to reveal the game just yet despite working on it for a number of years.

In fact, one of the earlier Diablo IV projects was codenamed Hades, which is described in Kotaku’s article as a Souls-like version of Diablo. We’re talking third-person over-the-shoulder camera view, skill and timing-based combat. It doesn’t sound particularly like Diablo, but it’s a reasonable idea when considering it’s genuinely tough to provide a new spin on top-down action-RPG dungeon crawling.

Project Hades was shelved in 2016, and subsequently, a new project emerged dubbed ‘Fenris’. Again, this was a vision for Diablo IV, and it’s allegedly the current version that’s in development. Fenris won’t be ready until at least 2020, claims Kotaku’s sources, but “they want to make this gross, make it dark, [get rid of] anything that was considered cartoony in Diablo III… Make what people were afraid of in Diablo II, but modern.”

Discussions are still underway as to whether it’ll be isometric or third-person, but Blizzard is currently targeting isometric. There are also plans to make it more online-centric, citing Destiny as a potential inspiration. There could be hub cities where players can meet up and pick up quests before heading into instanced dungeons.

It’s not much to sate the desire of fans who perhaps felt a bit burned by the reveal of Diablo Immortal for mobile, but it’s nice to know Blizzard is investing heavily in the next major Diablo game for PC. The big question now though is - do you like what you hear? Is heading in the direction of Destiny the right move, or could this spell disaster? Let us know what you think!

Source: Kotaku

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23:52 Nov-23-2018

Let me spill something for ya Blizzard.


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I DON'T CARE!!!


I don't care about Diablo 3, I don't care about Diablo 4... I only care about Diablo 2. If you don't announce the remaster for that game then you're just wasting my time.

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10:48 Nov-24-2018

Then just play Diablo 2...
I don't know how people haven't gotten enough of Diablo 2 after 18 years+. A new well made game is much needed

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18:29 Nov-24-2018

LOL! I still play Medieval 2 Total War, but as you said a new well made game is much needed. XD

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19:39 Nov-24-2018

bruh I'm not saying stop playing older games, having enough of something doesn't mean you shouldn't do it.


I play tons of 80s, 90s and 2000s games(when I have more free time), but I want all of them to get a sequel or a spiritual successor, doesn't have to be the same IP. Now with Bloodstained I've gotten the Castlevania/Metroidvania spiritual successor and I'm happy, so for other IPs, I'd be happy to get much-needed sequels as well.

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01:03 Nov-25-2018

Two problems with that: Yes, there is a mod that would allow you to play in HD but it would also allow you to attack enemies way outside their aggro range which could easily ruin the game for me. If I remember correctly, Blizzard can and will ban for using such a mod.


So yeah, I want a remaster.


I see my opinion is unpopular. Nonetheless, I stand by it.

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12:09 Nov-25-2018

If you play video games solely for the graphics, go watch a movie...

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12:30 Nov-25-2018

I don't. The problem with Diablo 2 for me is how low the resolution is, even the highest resolution setting, looks repulsive.


Nice attempt at an insult by the way.

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12:34 Nov-25-2018

Not an insult, literally this is the best thing for people who want good graphics. And how have you played it for so long and suddenly decided you want better graphics?

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12:44 Nov-25-2018

I haven't played the game in a long time actually but the last time I did play it, I couldn't bring myself to play it for long because of how ugly it looked due to the max screen resolution of the game.


Like I said, there is a mod that allows you to play it in HD resolution, but due to how it impacts the game, I absolutely refuse to touch it.

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13:09 Nov-25-2018

Also yes I consider it an insult simply because it makes me angry that you would even suggest that.


Now, I myself am more of a gameplay person but consider this. A person who is big on graphics may not get as much enjoyment out of watching a movie as they do playing a video game, so your logic is flawed.

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14:51 Nov-24-2018

What Psycho said. Plus the fact that commenting on GD is about as useless at reaching Blizzard as chopping wood is at teaching you ballet...

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02:22 Nov-25-2018

Reaching Blizzard wasn't actually part of my intention.

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09:35 Nov-23-2018

A Diablo with Destiny like hub cities and online features?? Please, don't let this happen. But that DS style Diablo could be interesting, but they should've made it an off-shoot of the series, not a mainline Diablo game.

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07:53 Nov-23-2018

I would actually be very interested in a Dark Souls version of Diablo.

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17:45 Nov-23-2018

It was called Hellgate: London.

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14:27 Nov-24-2018

Bruh that brings so much memories and even memories of musical montages of the game too XD
Otherwise I wouldn't say it's that polished and refined and in general a much better made seaquel is needed or a souls like Diablo.

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14:53 Nov-24-2018

Hellgate was alright. I did play it and enjoyed it, but I hated the repetition. There's somehow a bit less repetition in Diablo II. Plus Hellgate was hella buggy sometimes and the quests were 90% "kill and fetch", which was boring. I did really like the design, though :)

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15:05 Nov-24-2018

I enjoyed it too, but it wasn't very memorable to me. I had totally forgotten about it XD
Otherwise I'd like a seaquel, but I doubt anybody will make a game that they can't monotize fromt top to bottom and a game that is precisely crafted, instead of a Mish mash sandbox.

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11:35 Nov-25-2018

Downloaded that game just a few days ago. Had it when the game came out but due to my **** rig at the time it was barely playable. Here's to hopping it'll be better now.

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21:27 Nov-22-2018

Please Blizzard just give me Diablo 2 Reforged!!!!

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20:04 Nov-22-2018

Until they release something worth playing, Path of Exile = Diablo 4

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18:38 Nov-22-2018

Souls-like Diablo with darker and bloodier theme sound intrigue indeed. However, It can't be denied that souls-like game are on declined lately for overdoing it. Back to Diablo 2 is fine for me. Hell! anything is better than immortal!

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18:11 Nov-22-2018

Man, I loud love souls-like diablo. Never even occurred to me and it's so obvious XD
With blizzard's usual art-work/art style and graphics design and all the enemy types and all the bosses... like how can that go over my head.

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09:07 Nov-23-2018

Yeah I think I would've liked them to go in that direction... a proper dungeon-crawling souls-like Diablo game with tons of loot sounds pretty awesome. hope they still do it somehow

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17:46 Nov-23-2018

Just sounds like Hellgate: London to me.

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17:41 Nov-22-2018

Souls-like Diablo would be great ..in terms of variety in combat, enemies n weapons...

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17:40 Nov-22-2018

Tomorrow: lol nevermind we're going to do a fallout76 inspired BloDoll 3

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