At today’s BlizzCon event, Blizzard revealed a trailer for the first expansion of Diablo IV. The new expansion is called Vessel of Hatred, and according to the trailer, it will follow a new story thread teased at the end of the main story campaign. It will also feature a new class and a new region to explore. It’s set to launch sometime in late 2024.
The trailer hints that the story will introduce a new threat in the form of Mephisto, the father of primary antagonist Lilith. It takes place in a jungle region called Nahantu, which was called Toraja when it appeared in Diablo II. According to Blizzard, it plans to share more information about the expansion before it launches next year.
Blizzard hasn’t revealed any new information about the additional class, but dataminers recently found clues in a private build of the game suggesting it’s called the “Spiritborn.” Other details from the datamine suggest the expansion will feature a mercenary system to hire NPCs as companions.
This is the first major expansion for Diablo IV, but franchise manager Rod Fergusson said in an interview with Dexerto that the developer plans to launch expansions for the game annually.
GamesBeat’s creed when covering the game industry is “where passion meets business.” What does this mean? We want to tell you how the news matters to you — not just as a decision-maker at a game studio, but also as a fan of games. Whether you read our articles, listen to our podcasts, or watch our videos, GamesBeat will help you learn about the industry and enjoy engaging with it. Discover our Briefings.