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Casting Shadows: The Pre-Launch Odyssey of Diablo 4

Casting Shadows: The Pre-Launch Odyssey of Diablo 4

Diablo 4 is set to launch on June 6th 2023. Leading up to that, Blizzard Entertainment has been giving the fans a magnificent pre-launch experience complete with regular discussion videos, Beta sessions, a host of game-related blog posts and clarifications by the makers themselves. The game packs a lot of promise for old-school Diablo fans. 

For those who are uninitiated in the Diablo Franchise, it is an action role-playing game series by Blizzard Entertainment. The premise is a dark fantasy world, Sanctuary. The eternal conflict between angels and demons drives the game. Since its launch in 1996, the game has undergone many rounds of evolutions and expansions. Currently it features highly sophisticated game-play mechanics making it one of the most popular action RPGs.

Diablo 4, which has been under development for the last couple of years, is finally at the cusp of a widely anticipated launch. There is excitement and apprehension in equal parts among fans regarding this game. The previous editions of the game on mobile had received mixed reactions. Overwatch 2, set in the same world, was not a sequel of Diablo 2 as people expected it to be, causing some disappointment. The following edition, Diablo Immortal, was fun but riddled with pay-for-power traps.

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Leading up to the launch of Diablo 4, Blizzard has been very transparent about the game. They’re taking special care when it comes to helping fans understand what the new game is all about. There has been extensive writing from the makers about the game along with a series of video discussions about characters, battles, and everything in between. The Beta sessions were greatly successful too. 

During the Beta,they gave players  access to significantly large chunks of the game, and even let them try weapons designated for higher levels at lower levels just to let them have the feel. Blizzard has successfully turned up the excitement for the launch by quite a few notches. What remains to be seen is how the servers handle the pressure of the launch. Will there be stability issues under the pressure of too many concurrent players? Probably, yes. But if the trailers and the betas are any signal, it won’t matter. 

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Steven Ly

Steven Ly is the Startup Program and Events Manager at TheNextHint Inc. She recruits rockstar startups for all TC events including Disrupt, meetups, Sessions, and more both domestically and internationally. Previously, she helped produce Dreamforce with Salesforce and Next '17 with Google. Prior to that, she was on the advertising teams at both Facebook and AdRoll, helping support advertisers in North America and helped grow those brands globally. Outside of work, Priya enjoys Flywheel, tacos, the 49ers, and adventuring around the globe.

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