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Diablo IV

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: RPG/Action
Publisher: Activision Blizzard
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Release Date: June 6, 2023

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'Diablo IV' Players Can Donate Their Blood to Earn In-Game Rewards, Blood-infused PC Sweepstakes - Trailer

by Rainier on Oct. 20, 2023 @ 10:50 a.m. PDT

Diablo IV draws players into a grim story line and gives them the freedom to explore and forge their own path across the most expansive and intense vision of the world of Sanctuary—a bleak and shattered hellscape bereft of hope and beset by demons.

An ancient evil threatens to engulf Sanctuary in darkness, and new heroes have been called upon to face challenges the world has never seen before.

True to the franchise’s roots, Diablo IV will deliver visceral combat, gruesome and varied monsters, an epic hunt for legendary loot, and endless playability and progression. Players will find a lifetime’s worth of adventure scattered across a land rooted in unique ecologies and inhabited by dangerous new foes. They’ll delve into randomized dungeons packed with unpredictable adversaries and unimaginable treasures. While continuing to fully support solo and coordinated party play, Diablo IV will also provide opportunities for groups of players to encounter each other in the same shared world—whether to tackle bigger challenges . . . or possibly even slaughter one another in player-vs.-player combat.

In Diablo IV, players will attempt to bring hope back to the world by vanquishing evil in all its vile incarnations—from cannibalistic demon-worshipping cultists to the all-new drowned undead that emerge from the coastlines to drag their victims to a watery grave. For the first time in the series, Sanctuary will be a contiguous, seamless landmass comprising diverse regions ranging from the burning desert of Kejhistan, to the verdant werewolf-infested forests of Scosglen, to the harsh and rugged wilderness of the Dry Steppes.

In honor of Diablo IV’s Season of Blood, people in the United States are getting the chance to take part in a real-life Blood Harvest, a bloody ritual that plays a central role in the new story. While Lord Zir, the new antagonist of the Season, uses Blood Harvests to end thousands of fictional lives in the game, Diablo IV players will be invited to save thousands of lives with their blood donations in real life. 

In Season of Blood, new enemies called Blood Seekers serve Lord Zir by invading parts of Sanctuary to procure blood for their master through Blood Harvest rituals. Players must venture into these areas to free prisoners, take down dangerous mini-bosses, and clear the enemy camps. But in real life, however, Diablo is offering die-hard fans of the game to turn 666 quarts of actual donated blood (equaling around 1,332 separate donations, with 1 pint per donation) into in-game rewards, while ultimately helping to save lives.

Once the goal of donating 666 quarts of blood is achieved, Diablo fans, regardless of if they donated or not, will unlock a sweepstakes where fans will have the chance to enter to win a new custom-built PC, infused with real human blood in its liquid cooling, which pays tribute to the game. It will be awarded to one lucky winner as a grand prize of the Blood Harvest campaign if they participate in the accompanying sweepstakes, even if they did not donate. The sweepstakes will start upon reaching the 666 quarts blood donation goal and will be open for entry for 72 hours. 

See the official sweepstakes rules for full details, along with what the PC will entail is included, below my signature.

Along the way to the grand total of 666 quarts, several in-game rewards like weapon cosmetics, a mount, and an armor set will be given away to all Diablo IV players regardless of if they donated as several donation milestones are reached.

  • Tier I–At 33% of the total goal, all players will receive the following Weapon Cosmetics:

    • Dagger: Bloodpetal Anlace
    • Axe: Bloodpetal Sever
    • Necromancer Focus: Bloodpetal Heart
    • Sword: Bloodpetal Blade
    • Druid Staff: Bloodpetal Bludgeon

Tier II–At 66%, all players will receive Tier I rewards plus:

  • The Loch Raeth Maor Barbarian Armor Cosmetic

Tier III–At 100% participation, all players will receive Tier I and Tier II rewards plus:

  • The Vermilion Eye Piebald Mount
  • The sweepstakes to win the custom real human blood-infused PC will unlock.

Once donation progress reaches 100%, whether it is on or before the campaign end date of 11/20, all tier prizes will be added to the player’s Wardrobe and Stable in-game on 11/22.

Diablo IV is being developed using modern technology that pushes the franchise to dark, new depths. This technology is at the heart of everything players will see, hear, and feel—delivering much higher fidelity and a more engrossing experience. It opens up countless possibilities for the Diablo series, from smooth character animations, such as the Druid’s fluid shapeshifting, to the seamless, vast overworld players will travel across in search of the next loot-filled underground dungeon. Ultimately, Diablo IV will ground players in a grittier and deadlier world.

Diablo IV is available for PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC.

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