Despite Diablo Immortal making $100 million in two months, many Diablo fans are mostly looking forward to Diablo 4, the next mainline entry in the iconic ARPG franchise. So much so that fans are looking for any signals of a Diablo 4 release date, including us.
This article discusses the upcoming lore book Diablo: Book of Lorath and how it might hint toward a Diablo 4 release date, so strap in and have some health potions ready...
Diablo 4 Release Date Hint?
During the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase, we learned that Diablo 4 has a release date window of "2023" for PC and consoles. It was also noted that "Everything in today’s Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase is targeted to launch in the next 12 months."
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This was back in June 2022, meaning Diablo 4 will launch on or before June 2023, right?
Well, according to an Amazon listing, the upcoming Diablo: Book of Lorath (more about it in the next section) releases on 18th April 2023.
What does that have to do with the release date of Diablo 4? Well, Blizzard does tend to publish new Diablo books before game releases. Take a look at the two latest examples below:
- Book of Cain release date - 13th December 2011, followed by Diablo 3 release on 15th May 2012.
- Book of Tyrael release date - 1st October 2013, followed by Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls on 25th March 2014.
With a five or six-month gap between a new official Diablo book and a major Diablo game release, considering Book of Lorath releases in April 2023, this trend could suggest Diablo 4 will release between September and October 2023.
Interestingly, "Diablo: Tales from the Horadric Library" releases on 18th October 2022, which, for those who are very optimistic, could mean a Diablo 4 release date window between March and April 2022.
The TLDR version is: The books might hint at two possible release date windows for Diablo 4, but nothing has been confirmed.
Remember that Tales from the Horadric Library is a collection of short stories from the world of Sanctuary and not a major book release like Book of Lorath.
What is Book of Lorath?
If you are a fan of Diablo lore and the larger world of Sanctuary, then you are in for a treat with Book of Lorath.
Fantasy author Matthew J. Kirby writes it, and revolves around Lorath Nahr, one of the last Horadrim, as the protagonist takes us on a journey through Sanctuary and its most-powerful relics.
An official description explains what Book of Lorath is all about: "Amid the restless evil of Sanctuary, only the Horadrim - an ancient order of heroes and scholars - wield the knowledge needed to light the way for humanity."
"In the Book of Lorath, join Lorath Nahr, one of the last of the dwindling Horadrim, on a journey through Sanctuary’s most powerful relics and the stories behind them. It is Lorath’s hope that this volume will preserve his knowledge for all time . . . and pass it down to those who will inherit the fight against the Prime Evils."
Book of Lorath is from the Diablo development team at Blizzard and author Matthew J. Kirby. It features the artifacts' illustrations, which might just be a must-have for Diablo lore fans.
Speaking of Diablo lore, check out our video below discussing where Diablo Immortal fits into the franchise's timeline and everything you need to know about the game's story and the world of Sanctuary.
We will endeavor to keep our readers updated once an official Diablo 4 release date is revealed. At the time of writing, we only know the game will release sometime in 2023 on PC and consoles, but the Book of Lorath release could signal that Diablo 4's launch is close.
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