Announced at BlizzCon 2019, Blizzard was staying tight-lipped about the Diablo 4 release date. In typical Blizzard fashion, they would not provide a release date as they state the game is still in the early stages of development. They issued the following statement after the announcement:
This comes with a caveat; we’re still a way out from launch. Because we’re heads down in development, we’re not launching a dedicated forum for Diablo IV yet.
However, we still want you to feel welcome to discuss the game amongst yourselves. While we may not be able to answer all your burning questions, we are committed to sharing updates with the community and participating when we can.
Beginning next year, we will be providing quarterly updates regarding the progress of Diablo IV’s development. This might take the form of a blog or a developer post here, which we’ll sticky and leave open for ongoing discussion until the next update is available.
We’ll also keep an updated table of contents of all updates in this post so you’ll have a convenient place to refer to them over the course of development. We’ve included all the news coming out of this weekend so far to get you started.
Thanks for patiently awaiting this next chapter, and we’ll see you in Hell!
Release Date Calculations
Although there were only three years between the release of Diablo 1 and Diablo 2 under Blizzard North’s guidance, there were twelve years between Diablo 2 and Diablo 3 which will be partially due to the fact Blizzard North was closed down and development moved to Blizzard HQ in Irvine.
Diablo 3 was announced in 2008 and took four more years of production before it was ready for release in 2012. The development of Diablo 3 started as early as 2001. Only two characters were revealed when Diablo 3 was announced, the Witch Doctor and the Barbarian.
Looking at the release date timeline, it would not be unreasonable to assume that Diablo IV could be another three to four years away from release which would be 2023.
We will continually update this page with new release date information or speculation comes in. Watch this space.
Diablo IV Announcement Cinematic