Diablo IV is finally almost upon us, and to help generate even more buzz for the highly-anticipated RPG, artists have transformed the ceiling of a deconsecrated cathedral in France with demonic art from the game.
This giant 160-foot mural combines 20 unique paintings covering the ceiling and dome, along with a massive mural along the back wall. The work was painted on canvas before being installed in the cathedral to achieve the same look as historic murals in the same vein as Caravaggio and Michelangelo. It certainly looks impressive. “This is a very unique project,” said Adam Miller, “It is a wonderful opportunity to be able to paint in a setting like this at this grand scale with figurative painting.”
The video above is directed by Henry Hobson and voiced by Game of Thrones’ Charles Dance, designed to allow viewers to feel the space, the art, and the consequences of the battle itself.
“The unique world of Diablo is a great playground to inhabit as a director—creeping tension, dark, foreboding, framed by awe-inspiring artistic vision. Having Adam’s work to build from, the once-in-a-lifetime classical space ‘corrupted’ by Adam’s renaissance universe, adding layers of mystery and inferring the wider world as a battle rages within the space was utterly beguiling. After all, as a storyteller, what better place to play than within the canvas of a richly constructed video game world?” said Hobson.
Keen fans will note the five character classes from Diablo IV in the imagery, and they’ve also released a behind-the-scenes video to show how it was done. Check it out.
In our hands-on with Diablo IV last year, we said that it “has incredibly meaty action. Every single wack of a club makes a satisfying crunch and the whizzing sounds of a Sorcerer’s spells electrify the senses. The squeals of ghouls, the rattling of skeleton bones, and the guttural sounds of impending bosses will certainly take players back to their first time playing Diablo 1 or 2.”
Diablo IV will be released on June 6th. The Open Beta is scheduled for 25-27 March, 2023, and those who pre-order get early access starting 18 March through 20 March, 2023.