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Rumor: Blizzard almost announced Diablo 4 at BlizzCon

Rumor: Blizzard almost announced Diablo 4 at BlizzCon

While we wait for more confirmed Diablo news, check out all of the news and trailers we saw at BlizzCon 2018. However, according to two anonymous insiders who spoke to Kotaku, Blizzard originally planned on closing with an announcement for Diablo 4, but cut it from the opening ceremony at the eleventh hour. 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".

The reactions could have been very different. One of those people told me that the Diablo team wasn't yet ready to commit to an announcement, as Diablo 4 has changed drastically over the past four years and may continue to change further.

Blizzard reportedly changed their BlizzCon announcement plans for Diablo within the past couple of weeks, as they wrote on a Blizzard forum in October their plans for announcing Diablo projects "When the time is right".

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Diablo 2 producers and former Blizzard employee Mark Kern said the reveal of Diablo Immortal is an example of Blizzard "not understanding gamers anymore".

Needless to say, Diablo fans anticipating a core game announcement weren't thrilled, causing a backlash the developer hasn't faced in a long while. Only instead of directing to any of the official pages for existing Diablo games, or to some sort of text message (as these tend to be), it redirects to the official site of Path of Exile.

If Blizzard had shared a teaser for Diablo 4 at BlizzCon, even a wafer-thin one like a GIF of a flaming "4", Diablo Immortal's reception may have been more positive. One of them is the game that fans are waiting for, and it was almost announced last week.


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