One of the most critically and commercially acclaimed games of our time, Diablo, is coming back. The game developed by Blizzard North has beefed up their work for the game. By this, we are not telling that the game will be back this year or anytime near. But, the recent activities in Blizzard signal a return within 2 or 3 years.
The action role-playing game Diablo first came out in 1997. Blizzard expected a modest reception before its release. The initial estimate was nothing more than the sale of 500,000 units. But they were in for a surprise when pre-orders itself crossed 400,000. The game sold more than 500,000 units in its first four months. Diablo was the #1 at the computer games sales chart for the first six months in the US. And it went on to sell around 2 million copies by September 1998.
The massive success of the game prompted the developers to bring out a second part. Diablo 2 was released in 2000 and continued the impressive record. The game sold close to 3 million copies by the end of 2001.
Diablo 3 came out after a wait of 12 years. The third installment was released in 2012. The game, too, turned out to be a humongous hit. It sold around 3.5 million copies within the first 24 hours of its release. It went on selling off 30 million units by 2015.
The game series was also critically acclaimed. Various game ranking firms valued Diablo as one of the best role-playing games ever released. It has a rating of 94/100 from Metacritic. And almost all of them have rated game with nothing less than a score of 85%.
So, naturally, everyone expected a fourth installment for the masterpiece. But, Game Director Luis Barriga said that the game wouldn’t be releasing anytime soon. Diablo 3 took around four years to develop. It was first announced in 2008 but came out only in 2012. So Diablo IV will take its time. In February 2020, Blizzard began recruiting big names from the gaming industry, to work on Diablo. This included Rod Ferguson from Gears of War, and This signals that the game is in its core development stage. So, we may have to wait for another five years at the least for the game to return. But when it indeed makes a comeback, we can be sure that it will continue its legacy. Hold on some more guys, because what we get will be nothing less than a masterpiece.