Will Diablo 4 be an MMORPG

Diablo 4 is definitely not going to become an MMORPG, is it?

Blizzard has the new quarterly update on the status of the upcoming action RPG Diablo 4 published and talked about the multiplayer among other things.

The blog states that Blizzard's philosophy is Diablo 4 not to make an MMORPG. There are elements of shared worlds, but you will only meet very few players and that is also relatively seldom.

For the story and in dungeons you are alone or with a group of friends. Cities are hubs where you can meet other players, but there are very few. In the wilderness between the cities you can meet another player every now and then, but that should rarely be the case.

Diablo remains a hack a slay

Then there are world events in which, for example, a giant monster appears as a threat. You then have to defeat this in the group and at such events a little more players can come together. Apparently that never takes on the dimensions of an MMORPG.

So, according to Blizzard, you don't have to worry that Blizzard is out Diablo suddenly makes an MMO. It should continue to be a hack and slay, in which you meet other players from time to time, which rarely happens and therefore should be something special.

However, this information somehow gives the impression of an MMO. All of the elements mentioned also appear in MMORPGs. However, Blizzard would like to Diablo 4 not so called. Presumably so as not to scare off single-player fans. Because if you are honest, it seems Diablo 4 to have a lot in common with MMOs. Only the number of players could be lower. So we can expect some kind of MMO light without Blizzard using this name.

Diablo 4 is still in pre-alpha, according to Blizzard, and it will be a long time before it appears.


The US company Blizzard has been developing the series of computer games for many years Diablo. The first action role-playing game in the series was released in 1996. Then followed in 2000 Diablo 2 and 2012 Diablo 3. The one announced at BlizzCon 2019 Diablo 4 currently has no release date.

About the author: Andreas Bertits is a freelance journalist and writes for IGN Germany while his cat has annexed part of the keyboard as a sleeping place.