Diablo 4, the latest installment in the popular action role-playing game series by Blizzard Entertainment, is set to receive its first major expansion in late 2024. The expansion, titled Vessel of Hatred, was announced at BlizzCon 2023, and it promises to bring back fan-favorite elements from the series and introduce new features and content. Here is what we know about Vessel of Hatred and what we can expect from it.
The Story of Vessel of Hatred
Vessel of Hatred will continue the dark and gritty story of Diablo 4 and reveal the fate of Mephisto, the Lord of Hatred and one of the Prime Evils of Hell. Mephisto, who was last seen in Diablo 2, has been plotting a sinister scheme involving Sanctuary, the world of humans, and Neyrelle, a mysterious woman who claims to be his daughter. Players will have to travel to the lush jungle of Torajan, also known as Nahantu by the locals, and uncover the secrets of Mephisto's plan, as well as the origins and motives of Neyrelle.
The expansion will feature new quests, dialogues, cutscenes, lore, and new enemies, bosses, and locations to explore. The trailer for the expansion hints at a return to Kurast, a city from Diablo 2 that Mephisto, and a possible confrontation with the demon lord himself corrupted.
The New Class of Vessel of Hatred
One of the most exciting features of Vessel of Hatred is the introduction of a new class, never before seen in the Diablo universe. The new class is called the Spiritborn, and it is a hybrid class that combines melee and ranged combat, as well as physical and magical abilities. The Spiritborn can wield spears, bows, and daggers and use their spirit energy to enhance their attacks, cast spells, and summon allies. The Spiritborn can also transform into different animal forms, such as a wolf, a bear, or a raven, and gain access to new skills and bonuses.
The Spiritborn is a versatile and adaptable class that can fit different playstyles and roles. The class can specialize in different aspects of their spirit energy, such as fury, harmony, or wisdom, and unlock different passive and active skills. The class can customize their appearance and gear and choose from animal forms and spirit companions. The Spiritborn is a unique and innovative addition to the Diablo 4 class roster, offering a fresh and exciting way to experience the game.
The Future of Diablo 4
Vessel of Hatred is the first of several planned expansions for Diablo 4, and it will expand the game's content, story, and gameplay. The expansion will also pave the way for future updates and features, such as new classes, zones, Diablo 4 items, and modes. Blizzard has stated they want to make Diablo 4 a long-lasting and evolving game and will listen to the players' and community's feedback and suggestions. Diablo 4 is already a stunning and addictive game, and with Vessel of Hatred and beyond, it will only get better and more enjoyable.