Diablo IV Datamine May Detail The Game’s First Expansion

A recent datamine has revealed that Blizzard may be cooking up some delicious DLC for its action RPG Diablo 4, including a new class, region, and villain.

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According to Russian YouTuber YbuBaKa (via VG247), someone uploaded a technical alpha build of Diablo 4 version 2.0 to a private test branch, a siloed server of sorts that allows Blizzard to test out new and upcoming features for the game. However, this 2.0 build was sumarily datamined and leaked by folks who had access to it, and the details that have been publicized are scrumptious.

The test build is seemingly connected to the first paid DLC, currently known as the Lord of Hatred. The Lord of Hatred is villain Lilith’s daddy Mephisto, one of the Prime Evils that appears in Diablo 4‘s four secret endings. The leaks suggest that this horned demon will be the main villain of the expansion.


If the leaks are to be believed, then there will also be a new class and region coming to the game.According to YbuBaKa, when the Lord of Hatred DLC drops it will bring a new class called the Spiritborn, a nature-based warrior that cleaves through enemies with a glaive. Based on the description, it seems like a hybrid Barbarian-Druid, which would be a strong combo. As far as the rumored new region goes, it seems Diablo 2‘s location of Kurast might return, and will be roughly the same size as Diablo 4‘s existing areas.

The Lord of Hatred DLC is also rumored to feature a Mercenary system that lets you hire and level up companion. Additionally, the game mightget its first raid, the Tomb of Akarat, which has five wings to fight through. MMO Champion has some other details about the datamine, including the supposed name of Diablo 4‘s third season (Dreamscape), an increase to the stash size, and more.

Kotaku reached out to Blizzard for comment.

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Take this information with a grain of salt, as it’s merely leaks and rumors for now. YbuBaKa uploads videos in Russian, so it’s unclear if they’ve accurately leaked information before. And while we know Blizzard plans to release a new expansion for the game every year, none of these details have been confirmed by the company. BlizzCon kicks off on November 3, so maybe we’ll hear more about it all then.

Destiny’s 2 Big Final Shape Expansion And Marathon Both Delayed

Destiny 2 heroes look on in shock.

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In addition to an unspecified number of job cuts, Destiny 2 maker Bungie has also been racked by delays. Bloomberg reports that the sci-fi MMO shooter’s The Final Shape expansion has slipped from February to June, with upcoming extraction shooter Marathon getting delayed to 2025.

While The Final Shape won’t end Destiny 2, it will conclude the storyline it’s been building up for almost a decade now with a final showdown between players and a force, called The Witness, bent on the universe’s destruction. Originally set to add a new campaign and lots of other content on February 27 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC, the massive expansion will now arrive in June instead, Bloomberg reports.

Meanwhile, Marathon, a sci-fi extraction shooter that will revolve around session-based matches with a story that evolves as players complete various objectives and milestones, has apparently been delayed until 2025. The live-service game made a splashy debut at Sony’s big PlayStation gaming showcase last May, and appeared set to help drive the platform’s new games-as-a-service strategy following Sony’s acquisition of Bungie last year.

The specific reasons for the delays haven’t yet come to light, but news of them comes as Bungie CEO Pete Parsons informed staff today that there would be a meeting to “discuss today’s events,” including layoffs impacting recruiters, support staff, and some developers. While neither Bungie nor Sony has confirmed the exact number of cuts, they even include community managers for Destiny 2, the face of the game for millions of the loot shooter’s most devoted players.

The delays and layoffs come during a rough year for Destiny 2 overall, with 2023’s Lightfall being one of its worst-recieved expansions, and seasonal updates undercut by an unusual spike in server outages and other issues. The game’s director, Joe Blackburn, had promised a shift to an episodic model in 2024, with fewer, bigger updates to help address player burnout. It’s unclear how today’s big shakeup might impact those plans.

Diablo 4’s First Expansion Will Add A New Class In 2024

A screenshot shows the Diablo IV expansion's green logo.

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Today, during Blizzcon 2023, Blizzard gave us an early look at Diablo IV’s first expansion, Vessel of Hatred. The upcoming expansion will feature a new class and will be out next year.

Blizzard’s annual fan event, Blizzcon, is currently happening over the weekend and it kicked off on November 3 with a live opening ceremony presentation. During this showcase, Blizzard announced plans for its popular games like Overwatch 2, Hearthstone, World of Warcraft, and of course, Diablo IV. The biggest news was the reveal of the action RPG’s first major expansion.

Vessel of Hatred will take players back to the jungle-covered world of Nahantu, a region first seen in Diablo II. According to Blizzard, the story of this expansion will focus on the fate of Prime Evil baddie Mephisto and the demon’s plans for Sanctuary after the events of Diablo IV.

Blizzard didn’t have many other details to share about the expansion but did provide a short teaser for fans to get hyped over.


Blizzard also teased that Vessel of Hatred will add a new class to Diablo IV that hasn’t been seen in any previous Diablo game. While the company didn’t share any other details about this new class, a recent datamine might provide us with more information.

October’s Diablo IV datamine seems accurate

Last month, players dug into a test build of Diablo IV and discovered data pointing to a new expansion named “Lord of Hatred.” In Diablo lore, that title belongs to Mephisto and the datamine implied that this demon would be the big villain of this new story.

So while the upcoming expansion seems to have had a tiny name change, the data players discovered still lines up with what Blizzard has so far revealed.

That same datamine indicated that the new class will be called the Spiritborn and will be a nature-based warrior that cleaves through enemies with a glaive. Fans think this class might play like a druid-barbarian hybrid, which sounds interesting. Of course, datamines aren’t always accurate and it’s possible this isn’t the first new class Blizzard has planned for Diablo IV. We’ll have to wait for Blizzard to reveal more about Vessel of Hatred which is planned to launch in “late 2024.”