Diablo Immortal. What started off as a controversial announcement at the BlizzCon event in 2018, prompting a 7% drop in Activision Blizzard's stock on the first weekday of trading, has since developed into a promising spinoff title still in development at Blizzard Entertainment through its partnership with NetEase.
Though the project has been slated for release as early as 2019, Diablo Immortal kept getting pushed back with the intent seemingly being to bring the game up to the standard of other Blizzard releases. This decision has undoubtedly been a positive boon on the state of Diablo Immortal, allowing the developers time to expand upon the game's features, and a recent development points towards the spinoff introducing a never-before-seen class to the Diablo franchise.
Alongside the promised six classes – Barbarian, Crusader, Demon Hunter, Monk, Necromancer, and Wizard – datamined files seem to suggest that a seventh one will join the fray: the Blood Knight. Spear-wielding battlemages whose source of power lies in the vampiric magic they wield, this class potentially represents a brand-new way of combating the forces of Hell that would threaten the world of Sanctuary.
As with all the available classes in Diablo Immortal, players can choose the gender of their Blood Knight. In addition to the look of the class, its abilities have also been datamined, pointing towards a blood and shadow magic portfolio – with a combat style that offers a mix of melee and ranged combat centered around using the Blood Knight's spear.
The lore of the Blood Knight and how it fits into the larger world of the Diablo universe still remains in the realm of speculation, but a few key design choices for the class, including its name, may hold the clue. Blood Knights were an enemy in the first Diablo game, and the two named variants were no other than King Leoric's royal guard, including the man who would go on to become Leoric's murderer following the King's descent into madness – Lachdanan. A grim protector of Tristram would be right at home next to Diablo's other iconic classes.
One alternative theory surrounding the origins of the Blood Knight lies in the class sigil bearing a striking resemblance to the crown of the Countess, a famous character from Diablo 2 whom the players fought in the depths of her ruined tower in the Black Marsh.
While Blizzard Entertainment or NetEase have yet to come out and officially confirm the class, the continued development of the Blood Knight seems to suggest that it's not a scrapped concept lingering in the game's files, but one that will eventually join the colorful tapestry of Diablo's playable classes.
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