Diablo IV test build leaks with 43 minutes of gameplay footage

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Promotional image from Diablo IV featuring a golden armored angel with a white hood obscuring their face with spectral white wings
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It’s been a tough week in big-ticket recreation improvement — and it’s solely Monday. Shortly after Rockstar confirmed the prolific leak of GTA VI materials was the consequence of a hack, Blizzard is dealing with its personal leak of Diablo IV footage.

Reported by PC Gamer, it seems an eagle-eyed Reddit person going by iV1rus0 observed the movies had been uploaded to a file sharing website and shared the link. The leaked footage is unfold throughout two movies clocking in at 43 minutes and seems to be (*43*) a Discord stream. The movies are watermarked, denoting that the footage was (*43*) a personal test build with a quantity that may establish which tester this footage got here (*43*). (RIP to them.)

The movies additionally characteristic computer-modulated voices (ostensibly to disguise the movies’ provenance) incredulous that the sport they’re watching is Skyrim and couldn’t probably be Diablo IV.

It’s clear the footage is (*43*) an early build of the sport as sure textures had not been added, however on the entire, it seems to be like a Diablo for positive. The Verge has reached out to Blizzard for remark. While it didn’t provide a remark instantly, shortly after the news broke, Blizzard despatched out PR promoting a confidential closed-end recreation beta. Whether this beta was serendipitously timed or introduced early to blunt the blow of the leak is up for hypothesis.

Diablo IV, like Overwatch 2 earlier than it, has gone by a bit of improvement hell, with its launch date being pushed again twice. The recreation misplaced a pair of high-profile builders, together with recreation director Luis Barriga, probably in connection with the sexual harassment lawsuit that’s dogged the corporate for greater than a yr now. While Overwatch 2 lastly bought its launch date, all we all know regarding Diablo IV is someday in 2023. Hopefully, just like the GTA VI leak, this occasion received’t affect improvement.

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