Blizzard has unveiled the specific preloading schedule for Diablo 4, allowing fans to prepare for the game's release on June 1 and 2. This gives players ample time to preload the game on both PC and console platforms.
Scheduled to launch on June 5 in North and South America, and on June 6 in the rest of the world, Diablo 4 continues the storyline after the events of Diablo 3's Reaper of Souls expansion. The game follows the return of the demoness Lilith, who aims to conquer the world she once helped create. As the only hope for the realm of Sanctuary, players must fend off demonic invasion and protect their world. Despite the epic clash between heroes and demons, creative director Sebastian Stepien emphasizes that Diablo 4 presents a more "grounded" narrative, focusing on the lives of Sanctuary's ordinary inhabitants.
Many Diablo 4 enthusiasts have already had a taste of the game through its open betas. Now, with the full release just around the corner, Blizzard has disclosed the preloading details. Players can initiate the preload process at 4 PM Pacific/7 PM Eastern on June 1. For gamers in the eastern hemisphere, this translates to 12 AM BST, 1 AM CEST, 2 AM TRT, 8 AM KST, 9 AM AEST, and 11 AM NZST on June 2. The official game launch is set for 4 PM PDT/7 PM EDT on June 5, corresponding to 12 AM BST, 1 AM CEST, 8 AM KST, 9 AM AEST, and 11 AM NZST on June 6.
Diablo 4 fans can download and install the game starting from 4 PM Pacific/7 PM Eastern on May 30, 48 hours before the preload window begins. This preload option is available for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S users, regardless of the game edition they own. PC players will need to download Blizzard's Battle.net client if they haven't already done so, while console players can easily find Diablo 4 in the digital storefronts of Xbox and PlayStation platforms.