Diablo IV is one of the upcoming PC games that many people are waiting for. It was announced during the BlizzCon 2019 and will be released for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. During BlizzCon 2021, many people were anticipating that Blizzard would announce the official release date. But sadly, that did not happen.
However, Blizzard did provide an update about Diablo IV and that’s the comeback of the rogue class. This is one of the 3 original classes from the original Diablo game, and now it’s making a return!
The Rogue Class in the Diablo Franchise
The rogue class was one of the original classes that players can choose from, along with the warrior and sorcerer. The rogue was adept at using a bow and is a capable fighter who can also disable traps in the labyrinth. Unfortunately, the rogue class didn’t become an available character in the next Diablo games and expansions. Rogues were part of Diablo II, but only as a mercenary in Act I of the game.
The bow-wielding class in Diablo II went to the Amazon. On Diablo III, that title went to the Demon Hunter, who specializes in crossbows. But now the rogue class is making its return in Diablo IV. The announcement was made in the form of a trailer video that Blizzard showed during BlizzCon 2021.
The Diablo IV Rogue Class
The trailer for the rogue class started with a cinematic inside a church. A rogue suddenly appeared and ushered the nun away to take her place and talked to the priest while displaying her collection of human ears. After the cinematic scene, the gameplay of the class was shown. These showcased the rogue’s expertise in using the bow and arrow.
As the trailer has shown, the rogue class is not just an expert in long-range battles. She is also a capable melee fighter, wields two daggers, and can move quickly. This shows that the rogue class looks more like the incorporation of the original rogue, with elements of the Assassin class in Diablo II and Demon Hunter in Diablo III.
The developers did clarify this, saying that the rogue is a customizable character that will have several build options available. Players can either choose to build the rogue like the original sisterhood or as an assassin, an expert in close combat and killing enemies swiftly without being detected.
There are still many details that weren’t provided in the video or the announcement, so we only have basic knowledge about it. But this does make Diablo IV more exciting to play since many were clamoring for the rogue class to return to the game.
When is the Release Date of Diablo IV?
As for the release date, there’s still no final date yet. It’s probably safer to assume that the game will be available in 2023 or 2024. For now, Diablo fans can wait for the remaster of Diablo II, which features updated cinematics, and other improvements.