Blizzard Entertainment has unveiled that the ceiling of a deconsecrated cathedral in France was transformed with the demonic art of Diablo IV.
Renowned Baroque artist Adam Miller, in collaboration with MJZ director Henry Hobson and Game of Thrones’ Charles Dance, has brought to life central images and scenes of Diablo IV in a truly gothic setting.
A short trailer, directed by Hobson and narrated by Dance, allows viewers to feel the space, the art, and the consequences of the battle itself. Viewers can follow the five character classes from Diablo IV as they clash with the powers of evil in the ultimate struggle between Light and Darkness.
“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.
The 160-foot mural is a conglomeration of 20 unique paintings covering the vintage ceiling and dome, along with a massive mural along the back wall. “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.”
To accomplish it, Miller and his team painted on canvas before installing them in the cathedral to achieve the same look as iconic historic murals in the same vein as Caravaggio and Michelangelo.
Diablo IV will have its Early Access and Open Beta starting March 17, 2023 for the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series, and PC.