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‘Diablo IV’ is almost here. What to know about the next video game release

WASHINGTON — The release of “Diablo IV” is just around the corner. Early access to the highly anticipated action RPG begins Thursday night, ahead of next week’s official release.

“Diablo IV” marks the latest installment in Blizzard Entertainment’s “Diablo” series, which began in 1996 and comes more than a decade after the release of “Diablo III” in May 2012.

Rod Fergusson, Diablo’s general manager, described “Diablo IV” as “our most brutal take on Sanctuary,” the fictional world in which Diablo takes place. It brings back “the darkness of the original game” and builds on key aspects of previous installments in the series, he added.

In April, Blizzard Entertainment’s parent company, Activision Blizzard, reported net income of $2.38 billion for the first quarter of 2023, up from $1.77 billion for the first three months of 2022. At the time, Activision noted that advance sales of “Diablo IV” were solid. , aiming for a successful public test of the game.

“All of the excitement and player feedback has been very energizing for all of us,” Mike Ybarra, president of Blizzard Entertainment, said in a statement.

Here’s what you need to know about the upcoming “Diablo IV” release.

WHAT TIME IS DIABLO IV RELEASED?

“Diablo IV” will be officially released on Tuesday or Wednesday of next week, depending on the time zone where you live. In the US, the game will launch at 7pm ET (4pm PT) on Tuesday.

While the official release of “Diablo IV” is scheduled for next week, early access will begin a few days earlier, starting on Thursday or Friday, also depending on your time zone. For US players, Early Access will launch on Thursday at 7pm ET (4pm PT).

HOW DO I GET EARLY ACCESS?

Early Access will be available to players who pre-purchased the Digital Deluxe or Definitive Edition of the game.

Players who have already purchased “Diablo IV” can also pre-load the game on some devices before launch. Preloading any edition is currently available for Windows PC, Xbox, and PlayStation, according to Blizzard.

WHAT ARE THE DIABLO IV CHARACTER CLASSES?

According to Blizzard, “Diablo IV” takes place decades after the events of “Diablo III: Reaper of Souls.” The demon Lilith and the angel Inarius have become enemies and have started a war between them.

Upon the release of “Diablo IV,” players will be able to enter one of five classes: druids, rogues, sorceresses, barbarians, or necromancers.

“Diablo IV” will offer cross-platform play and progression on Windows PC, Xbox Series X’S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4, as well as couch co-op, at launch, Blizzard said.

ACTIVISION FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR 2022, AGREEMENT WITH MICROSOFT

Activision, which is also the creator of “Call of Duty,” “Candy Crush” and “World of Warcraft,” reported net income of $7.53 billion for 2022, down from $8.8 billion for 2021. .

In January 2022, Microsoft announced plans to acquire Activision, but more than a year later, the successful deal is still in jeopardy. While the European Union approved the $69 billion purchase last month, British regulators blocked the deal, fearing it would hurt competition in the small but growing cloud gaming market. US authorities are also trying to thwart the merger.

The companies are appealing the UK decision in court. If the appeal fails, Microsoft would be forced to cancel the deal or create the UK as a separate market, which appeared to be an unfeasible option, Liam Deane, a gaming industry analyst for technology advisory and research firm Omdia, previously told The Associated Press.