Blizzard denies it cut plans to show Diablo 4 at Blizzcon

Blizzard denies it cut plans to show Diablo 4 at Blizzcon

"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.

A lot of fans don't seem to believe any of this though and have accused Blizzard of trying to deflect attention away from the unpopular Diablo Immortal announcement. Apparently, Diablo 4 is in development, but the team wasn't ready to commit to an announcement as the game has changed "drastically" over the past four years and may continue to evolve. A report by Kotaku's Jason Schreier indicated that a teaser video was for Diablo 4 was created and planned for BlizzCon 2018, but pulled at the last minute.

Blizzard landed itself in a bad situation over the weekend after choosing to close out its Blizzcon mainstage announcements with Diablo Immortal, a mobile spin-off.

Initially, the report eluded to the fact that the announcement may have been pulled a few weeks before Blizzcon, around the same time that Blizzard's blog post went up, telling fans not to expect Diablo 4. Although that ended up being misinterpreted by fans anyway, so Blizzard may not find any peace now until Diablo 4 is properly announced. Kotaku's sources say the presentation was supposed to end with a video featuring Blizzard co-founder Allen Adham solidifying plans for a Diablo 4 while assuaging fans wanting to see footage. The publisher also confirmed that multiple teams are working on Diablo projects, and they will be announced at the right time.

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"Diablo fans reacted as though, after a 12-year relationship, Blizzard had taken them out to a candlelit dinner and a long walk upon a moonlit beach, then gifted them a pearl necklace".

With no word on a fourth proper Diablo entry, Diablo Immortal felt like a betrayal of the franchise to some and a cheap consolation prize to others. One of them is the game that fans are waiting for, and it was almost announced last week.

Fortunately, game development isn't like dating, because if it were Blizzard might consider calling the whole thing off.

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