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"Heroism in the face of absolute terror. That's how I describe the Diablo universe in a nutshell."

The logo of the series's 20th anniversary

Diablo is a fantasy hack and slash/ARPG series from Blizzard Entertainment. It was started in 1996 with the release of Diablo.




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  • The Diablo series primarily derives inspiration from Judeo-Christian symbols, icons and iconography. As the series has progressed however, more inspiration has been taken from other major real-world religions.[1]
  • In terms of visual design, Blizzard considers Diablo to be its most realistic series, sitting on the opposite end of the spectrum from Warcraft.[2]
  • Julian Love has suggested that Diablo himself should be in every main series installment, though him not being in expansions is acceptable.[3]
  • According to Joe Shely, it is the evil of Diablo's soulstone that ties the franchise together.[3]
  • Since The Lost Vikings, dwarfs or a dwarf reference have featured in almost every Blizzard IP.[4] Diablo is the only exception among its major IPs.
  • As of December 2023, the majority of Diablo players are in their 30s or 40s.[5]
  • Throughout the franchise's history, developers have evaluated the IP on a spectrum. At one end is "blood, guts, and shock value." The other sits suspense. The IP has generally leant towards the latter.[6]