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Diablo 4 Will Be "Like the First Chapter of a Book", Diablo May Not Even Show Up

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It seems the story plans for D4 are quite a bit more expansive than just the main story of the game itself, as we found out in a recent interview with AusGamers. Talking with Game Director Luis Barriga and Art Director John Mueller, AusGamers found out a lot about the story, lore and the way they wanted to present it, especially with the reveal cinematic.

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When we were looking at the early animatics that was always the moment. The last shot was the most important shot. Because it's not just a summoning, it's a summoning of the Queen of Sanctuary. - John Mueller

But the big piece of info from the interview has to be the fact that there's a much grander plan for Diablo 4's re-imagined Sanctuary, with the story in the base game being only the beginning:

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Diablo IV is like the first chapter of a book. We want to tell a big story and we want to tell it, hopefully, for a very long time. Treating this like the first chapter of a book and Lilith as a key character in this story, it feels great knowing that there are still all these other characters that could come back in the future. Or, new characters that we haven’t seen before. - John Mueller

There's also the matter of Diablo himself, and it seems like we're not going to be running into him in the base game, as he may be planned for a later expansion:

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It also changes up the formula. In Reaper of Souls if you go up against Diablo, after playing to max level - it’s a battle that’s almost like a like a minor speed bump. Malthael became the real boss. So, it’s also, what if we don't bring him back right away? And instead, take the time to explore some of these other characters first. - Luis Barriga

Those are some pretty interesting concepts, story-wise, and certainly change up the style so far, as we've never not had Diablo be the final enemy of the base game in the entirety of the franchise. However, whether Lilith will actually be the final boss in D4 vanilla is also up for debate. While it's clear that she's the main focus of the story, and pretty likely to be a/the villain, she doesn't seem like the "boss fight" type of enemy, and there's already been a lot of speculation about her dad, the Lord of Hatred himself, showing up at some point.

The rest of the interview goes into detail on the creation of the story, the feel they were going for and how the concept art actually inspired a lot of it, how the world is connected and how playing in it even during the main campaign feels like "Adventure Mode 2.0", and how they looked at a whole lot of open world games to find inspiration and then give it that special Diablo feel. There's also a huge emphasis on the collaborative nature of development on the game, with details on how the Druid's seamless shapeshifting and Barbarian's Arsenal system came to be.

It's absolutely worth a read, so head on over there and check it out!

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I hope they don't get too far ahead of themselves. If they want to build a long, overarching story out of the new Diablo game, it needs to have a solid foundation.

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31 minutes ago, Monlyth said:

I hope they don't get too far ahead of themselves. If they want to build a long, overarching story out of the new Diablo game, it needs to have a solid foundation.

I mean, I'd prefer they get too far ahead of themselves over the incredible piece of *filtered* the D3 story was. Then again I'd prefer getting shot in the knee to that as well so...

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Makes sense to not overuse Diablo, better to give some space for other enemies. Returning so often just to be beaten so quickly. could make it look rather comedic, comparable to how Azmodan behaved in last game. If Diablo is no longer Prime Evil, then perhaps other Evils have been set free from him, and they could appear somewhere.

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They need to make the last hero of Diablo 3 the bad guy. Lilith is the Mother of the Nephilem after all. Humans may flock to her and the corruption of the hero is just the kind of thing that happens in Diablo. They did say they wanted to remind us of Diablo 2. Only instead of selfless posession, you have someone wanting Lilith in charge to prevent the return of the three. Then you defeat him, opening up the door for the other Lords of Hell to try and take over. At which point you may side with Lilith yourself to defeat them for a while before having to take her out. And then you are left with just Diablo after 15 expansions. At which point the Angels return to wipe out Sanctuary with Lilith's boy toy and you and Diablo team up. Once the Angels are defeated the two of you duke it out. But then you realize, Angels and Demons respawn back to their espective planes like the ultimate cheats they are and you just spent the last 10 years of your life to hit a reset button.

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5 hours ago, Morcalivan said:

They need to make the last hero of Diablo 3 the bad guy. Lilith is the Mother of the Nephilem after all. Humans may flock to her and the corruption of the hero is just the kind of thing that happens in Diablo. They did say they wanted to remind us of Diablo 2. Only instead of selfless posession, you have someone wanting Lilith in charge to prevent the return of the three. Then you defeat him, opening up the door for the other Lords of Hell to try and take over. At which point you may side with Lilith yourself to defeat them for a while before having to take her out. And then you are left with just Diablo after 15 expansions. At which point the Angels return to wipe out Sanctuary with Lilith's boy toy and you and Diablo team up. Once the Angels are defeated the two of you duke it out. But then you realize, Angels and Demons respawn back to their espective planes like the ultimate cheats they are and you just spent the last 10 years of your life to hit a reset button.

And THEN you team up with the Jailer to stop them from resurrecting and he's a titan and... oh wait, wrong franchise.

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12 hours ago, Starym said:

And THEN you team up with the Jailer to stop them from resurrecting and he's a titan and... oh wait, wrong franchise.

Well... There is a dimension called Void in Diablo universe as well. 😃 There is also that being known as Trag'oul, with rather unclear origin, but he had offered his assistance few times to maintain balance between Angels and Demons. Perhaps they could use him at some point in the story.

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