Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Blizzard planned Diablo 4 announcement at BlizzCon 2018

Blizzard  Activision announces Diablo Immortal for iOS Playdiablo4.com is a fan-made site that redirects to Path of Exile’s homepage
Lora Ball | 06 November, 2018, 18:39

"Diablo was supposed to be Blizzard's first shot on goal into the big global mobile game market", Jefferies analyst Timothy O'Shea wrote noting the criticism from Blizzard's PC fanbase. There were a few reasons for the controversy, but the driving factor was that the company's sole Diablo announcement was a game that appeared to be made for a very different audience than hardcore Diablo fans.

The plan to reveal Diablo 4 at Blizzcon was apparently changed within the last couple of weeks, mainly because the Diablo team was anxious about revealing the game at this early stage.

Things got a little heated over in the Diablo camp over the weekend. It is speculated that Blizzard might have avoided the decline in stock price, and angering fans if it had simply offered a teaser or glimpse at Diablo 4, which it said is still in development. Blizzard essentially said as much with a blog post prior to BlizzCon 2018 anyway, asking fans to temper their expectations because the company "won't be ready to announce all of our projects".

After the fallout of the Blizzard Immortal announcement, it is now being reported that Blizzard were set to close the show with a Diablo 4 reveal.

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Blizzard said it did not immediately have comment on this story. "These are very exciting times-we now have multiple teams working on different Diablo projects and we can't wait to tell you all about them. when the time is right", the company said.

No footage was to be shown and Diablo IV wasn't to be revealed in a proper manner, just a confirmation from Blizzard's Allan Adham.

Hopefully, Blizzard will soon announce Diablo 4 as well but until then, we can look forward to other titles announced at the BlizzCon 2018, including the Warcraft 3: Reforged. "We know what many of you are hoping for and we can only say that 'good things come to those who wait, ' but evil things often take longer".

"Since I was producer on Diablo 2, a lot of people have been asking for my thoughts on the whole 'Diablo Immortal' fiasco". Blizzard is working with NetEase on the development of the game, and NetEase is known for free-to-play games.

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