Diablo 4 official artwork and logo

[Update #2]: Diablo 4's December preview offers a closer look at the itemization, progression and visual effects.

[Update]: According to the Q3 2021 earnings report call, Blizzard has pushed back the release of both Overwatch 2 and Diablo 2. 

Despite carrying the same name as its predecessors, Diablo 3 is a far cartoonier and lighthearted game. That is a strange thing to say about a game where you're constantly fighting the forces of ultimate evil, but due to the goofy storyline and highly stylized visuals it's quite difficult to get immersed into its horror atmosphere.

If you found that to be a bit of a problem as well, you'll be happy to hear that Blizzard is going through a great deal of effort to make sure Diablo 4 is far closer in spirit to Diablo 1 and 2 rather than 3. And judging by some of the previews they've shared so far, I'd say they've done a rather spectacular job!

Allow me to share a sneak peek at two different yet equally gruesome enemies. The first one is the Spider Host which is about as unpleasant as it sounds, while the second one is the uncomfortably fleshy Blood Bishop. Have a gander:

If you're wondering just how exactly Blizzard came to these designs, as well as what they're trying to accomplish with them, you should definitely check out the newest developer update. Besides the monsters it also goes over the visual design for the player characters and some of the challenges they had to overcome along the way. It's pretty fascinating stuff if you like peering behind the curtains of game development.

And if you find yourself itching for more, it's also worth mentioning that they've previous discussed their plans for skills, items and legendaries, as well as what they're trying to achieve with both the story and open world gameplay. Enjoy!