Xbox Showcase confirms Diablo 4: Vessel of Hatred release & first look at Mephisto

James Lynch
The art for Diablo 4 Vessel of Hatred

The 2024 Xbox Showcase is now well underway, and there has been a spectacular number of reveals and confirmations. One of the biggest is the news that the upcoming Diablo 4 expansion, Vessel of Hatred, has finally got a release date.

The opening cinematic for Vessel of Hatred was an exercise in Diablo’s usual approach to trailers, as horrendous acts are inflicted upon the undeserving. The big bad also took center stage for the first time as Mephisto slowly reveals his diabolical plans for Sanctuary and attempts to take control of Neyrelle’s soul.

The big news is that the expansion now has a release date, with Vessel of Hatred set to hit live servers on October 8, 2024. It will continue the story in the base game and add a ton of new content for players to enjoy.

diablo 4 expansion leak Vessel of Hatred
The Vessel of Hatred DLC could bring lapsed players back.

The Diablo community will be heading to the Jungles of Nahatu, a never-before-seen region that looks reminiscent of the Jungles of Kurast from earlier Diablo games. It will feature Strongholds and new dungeons to conquer, as well as new ferocious demons for players to kill.

The Spiritborn are also being added to the game, an entirely new class that Blizzard describes as among the “apex predators of the jungle.” The general makeup of the class sees them take advantage of what’s known in the lore as mystical synergies, all within a battle-hardened and tough exterior.

Diablo 4 has been on an impressive run since the launch of Season 4, breaking concurrent player records on Steam in the process. Though the majority of the player base is still found on Battle Net, it’s a good sign that the game is the healthiest it has been since its launch.

If you want to know more about the exciting Xbox Showcase announcements, we’ve got you covered.

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