Diablo III will get absolutely no announcements at this year’s BlizzCon

Blizzard really cares about the Diablo III fanbase and the overall Diablo franchise. So what if it gets less attention than other franchises? So what if it’s gotten an alarming lack of updates since its solitary expansion? So what if the game was once referred to in a press release as “that other game we run sometimes, Devin or Derrick, some D thing?” So what if the game is going to have no announcements whatsoever at this year’s BlizzCon?

Wait, that last one is actually kind of really bad. Like, this is a problem.

Yes, Blizzard has confirmed on the forums that there will be no announcements for the franchise this year. D3 itself will have a presence, but there are no announcements coming out, so you had best put that out of your mind right now. There’s also the promise that more is coming out in the future, but when all is said and done… well, it’s hard to get one’s hopes up.

We did get plenty of announcements and new content last year thanks to the game’s 20th anniversary, but it appears we’re now retreating to the pattern from the years before that.

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ceder

I dunno. Blizzcon has become about as interesting of a gathering as a 60th high school reunion: anticlimactic and more less “oh you’re still here”.

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rafael12104

Tune in tomorrow where there will be announcement announcing today’s announcement.

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Danny Smith

To be blunt if they can’t make a ‘game as a service’ microtransaction vector in some fashion why would modern Blizzard work on it to a significant degree? they are as likely to make a buy to play one and done release as Valve is nowadays.

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agemyth 😩

I never saw Diablo 3 as a game-as-service type game other than the usual way Blizzard lavishes their titles with expansion(s) and free updates. The idea that people are constantly surprised or disappointed that Blizzard is only maintaining regular seasonal updates and don’t have huge announcements for it every year is baffling.

Blame it on a lack of foresight on their behalf if you will, but this followed the Diablo 2 model. The RMT auction house it launched with may have added some incentive to make it more of a live game, but that was an experiment they seemed to deeply regret launching with.

If they don’t make their next entry in the Diablo franchise a AAA-like Path of Exile they will really seem to be lagging behind.

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Korra the Legend

Same reason they do not release new content for Diablo 2 and Warcraft 3 and all other old games, they did support the game for 5 years… This is not an MMO, it doesn’t come with its own monthly fees to keep the dev team on the game. It’s stand-alone game release that got a ton of free content some xpacks and some dlc, while 100s of other games mostly just got the content on release.
Maybe Blizzard put the Diablo IP on ice for a bit to work on other things or maybe there is a new game already in the making but it’s far from complete. People seem to forget there was a time between Diablo 2 and Diablo 3.

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Bryan Turner

Then there’s Path of Exile making Blizzard look like its ******.

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agemyth 😩

Diablo 3 made more money than Path of Exile ever will. I say that as a fan of Path of Exile.

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Reht

The fact that we recently got the Necromancer character pack after all these years gives me some small hope for the future of D3. Hopefully there was a large enough positive response for Blizzard to consider reinvesting a little in D3.

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MeltWithYou

I think they’re having a tough time figuring out how they plan to monetize D4 after initial sales…as cynical and trollish as that sounds

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Dug From The Earth

“So what if it’s gotten an alarming lack of updates since its solitary expansion?”

Journalist better please.

The one thing Diablo 3 has gotten since its release years ago, is a crap ton of updates. In many cases and times, complete game changing updates.

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Bryan Turner

It’s no Path of Exile.

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Dug From The Earth

I wasnt trying to play “which game is better”

Everyone knows PoE has had TONS more content added than D3 has had.

When a journalist makes a claim that D3 has had an “alarming lack of updates”, it screams “I didnt do my research as a journalist”

That doesnt change the fact that D3 has had lots and LOTS of game updates (which doesnt mean new content).

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Leviathonlx

It’s to be expected given how old the game now is and it at least did get quite a few updates. They have a few unannounced projects so maybe we can hold out hope one of them is Diablo related (though not necessarily D3 related).

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Sray

I’m in the camp of “this is a 5 year old game, it’s reached a natural end of life point”. Supporting the servers makes sense until there’s a replacement product, but at this point there’s no reason for Blizzard to put significant investment into the game anymore.

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Bryan Turner

Never heard of Path of Exile, this tiny studio has done more with their game than a multi billion dollar company like Blizzard, they should be ashamed of them selves?

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Sray

The overwhelmingly majority of video games are supported post launch for a fraction of the time that Diablo 3 has been, multiplayer or not. Furthermore, PoE has a microtransaction system in it for continuing revenue, which means it was intended be an ongoing service; Diablo 3 does not, meaning it’s clearly not something Blizzard considers an ongoing service. If this is a game that has seen its last major content addition happen 5 years after its launch, believe it or not that actually places it into a pretty rare spot among video games.

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Bryan Correll

And in other news:

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camren_rooke

*points at Bryan* Old Person! OOOOOOLD PERSON!

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Armsbend

Maintenance mode D3 – put a full team on making Diablo 4 – the one that will rule them all and spend 3 years making it. At release D3 will be 8+ years old – perfectly fine for the cycle of a successful game.

That would be my decision if I were a Blizz suit right at this second.

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MeltWithYou

^I honestly think thats precisely whats happening

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birini

I can’t help but think that the “old” Blizzard would have tried to make a Witcher-esque open-world, single player RPG in the Diablo universe. (That is a game I would kill to play.) But now they play everything safe in small scale games meant to mine “whales.” Even Overwatch was a hail mary on a game that fell apart on them. So they talk about more announcements coming but it feels like they’re either going to announce a Diablo IV at some point which, okay, maybe but I’m not holding out a ton of hope that will do better than DIII or they’re going to put out a trickle of things for DIII. But it feels like they’re letting one of the great IPs in gaming history wither on the vine and that’s just too perfect an example of the issues modern Blizzard has.

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Targeter

FPS Diablo in an Elder Scrolls style would be pretty hard to pass up. Hell, even the 3rd person Witcher style you suggested would get my damn money.

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birini

For me, seeing my character and the image changing as they gear up has always been a big part of the Diablo experience. I think they should keep that.

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Jack Pipsam

It’s sad. I mean one can hope for a twist “actually jk check ‘dis out and give me epic thumbs up!” from them at BlizzCon, but I doubt they’d go to the effort to say they wouldn’t if that was the case.

I am still in a half-hope of another expansion, but it does seem less likely as time goes on.

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Targeter

Probably wouldn’t want to turn away some virtual ticket sales just for a “PSYCHE!” surprise reveal. Fans would be super pissed.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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camren_rooke

Ahm stealin this.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

mi casa es su casa, Camren :P

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camren_rooke

I dont know who I will send it to but someone somewhere will be deserving of it. :)

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Gamer Alek

Lol. Pretty much. Still having fun with the Necro though, but would love more news of some kind soon.

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Arktouros

Oh well.

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Wilhelm Arcturus

On the one hand, as something of a fan, I’d like to hear some Diablo news. (Like the Diablo II remaster that was mentioned back in 2015.)

On the other hand, Diablo III is a buy once game, not a subscription MMORPG. You paid your money, you got your game plus some updates and an expansion. What else is reasonable to expect at this point more than five years after it launched?

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Terren Bruce

Path of Exile is 4 years old and is still going strong. It’s not an issue of Diablo 3 being tapped out, it’s an issue that Blizzard failed to find a way to monetize it to a level where it deserves to get attention when games like Hearthstone and Overwatch exist.

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Bryan Turner

Some one gets it.

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Utakata

…not even a smidgen? :(

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Dobablo

There will be machines set aside to play Diablo at Blizzcon. At least the queues will not be too long.

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BalsBigBrother

On the bright side we have Path of Exile pushing out another expansion later in the year. The Grim Dawn folks have confirmed they are releasing their expansion at some point in October 2017. Heck even Marvel Heroes is still pushing stuff out admittedly at a vastly reduced rate but still it all helps I guess. Those are just the ones off the top of my head I am sure if I really dug I could find more.

While non of that is D3 content I do think that the arpg community as a whole has never been stronger both in terms of interest and the game content being released for it. While it is a little sad that the franchise that arguably put the genre on the map is seemingly falling into obscurity its not like we are short on alternatives to have a crack at.

/glass half full :-)

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bigangry

I’m waiting patiently for Lost Ark 2… that one looks freakin’ amazing.

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Dug From The Earth

Diablo 3 will actually have something to announce at a future blizzcon, by the time Lost Ark gets released :P

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camren_rooke

Hooray for Grim Dawn and for PoE!

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BDJ

Dunno how anyone can play these games. They LOOK so terrible. PoE barely looks better than D2 in the gfx department.

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Dug From The Earth

Your eyes must work differently.

There is a pretty noticeable difference between PoE and D2 when it comes to graphics.

D2 is borderline pixel graphics. If you think PoE is the same, you might want to hide your comments from any eye doctors out there.

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camren_rooke

Gameplay.
Gameplay.
Gameplay.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

The graphics update that came with PoE’s expansion really makes the game shine. If you’re at all interested, you might want to give it another go.

As for Grim Dawn, yes, it is scrubby, grimy and icky. Yeah, just the way we like it.

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Schmidt.Capela

As for Grim Dawn, yes, it is scrubby, grimy and icky. Yeah, just the way we like it.

So, I guess you would say its graphics look grim…

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bigangry

This is sad but not unexpected. I recently got back into Diablo III, and am having a lot of fun with the seasonal stuff. I’ve got a Necro that’s on lv42 solo greater rifts, but can’t quite handle Torment X uber-boss tag teams in the Infernal Machines. 3 trillion HP x 2 is not something that’s doable for me.

Yet.

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Hirku

Blizzard’s red-skinned, horn-headed stepchild…

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Rheem Octuris

Actually it got quite a few updates after its expansion. But yeah, the game has been in maintenance mode for a while now.

As an addendum, I’d like to clarify they said there would be no Diablo announcements, meaning the franchise as a whole, not just Diablo 3. Which IS disheartening.

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BDJ

This has always struck me as comical. Maintenance mode…

Its not an MMO. Its amazing that they have updated it as long as they have. How many games that come out really get expansions when they aren’t MMOs? I know people love love LOVE the diablo franchise, but Blizzard has done right by D3 in the end. Its lasted way longer than a lot of games, especially for not being an MMO.

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Bree Royce

Skyrim is getting paid survival DLC. News just came out today. :P

Blizzard has a history of keeping its older games alive, which is commendable. Regardless, a lot of people want to see Diablo 4 made so that Blizzard can properly monetize it and turn it into a service, the way D3 failed to do (ahead of its time).

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Space Captain Zor

Well, online games are treated as a service these days by most publishers, imo. They get milked with new updates and content and patches and fixes and microtransactions until put on “maintenance mode” in where the game is still online and playable but the publisher doesn’t want to put any resources into it beyond that.

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Utakata

I don’t think being a “MMO” or not has anything to do with being on maintenance mode or not. o.O

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BDJ

It definitely does o.O. The term is used for MMOs that have quit updating their games o.O. I guess you could apply it to just about any game , but thats where the term originated when it comes to games o.O

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Rheem Octuris

I think the main distinction being is that D3 requires a constant internet connection to play, and therefore, must have the server maintained by Blizzard in order for players to continue playing.

On top of that, I would add the Diablo franchise, Diablo 2 in particular, has done much for the MMO genre as a whole, including skill trees, ! as quest indicators, gear sets, and randomized loot.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Blizzard considers D3 a multiplayer game. It requires on line at all times, gives outsized rewards for group play and is balanced around a 4-person meta.

This aspect of D3 has been discussed up the wazoo on the D3 forums. And the excuse that Blizz has no responsibility towards the game because it isn’t an MMO is just that, an excuse.

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Utakata

Citation please? O.o

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Schmidt.Capela

Citation please? O.o

For Blizzard considering D3 a multiplayer game? I would need to look for it, but yeah, that has been Blizzard’s position since the start. It was the reasoning given by Blizzard to greatly buff rewards and reduce the difficulty of multiplayer when shortly after launch they found most players avoiding multiplayer, as well as to make the game always online even; with everyone forced to play online it’s easier for players to join multiplayer games, or so the reasoning goes.

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Utakata

No, rather for “maintenance mode” is only a term strictly used for MMO’s as claimed by BDJ-san. Not only do I have the distinct feeling it’s a term that was likely adopted from other sources, and is likely as old as invented machines. It also seems to include any game that requires one to be online to play as Orturis-san had pointed out above. :)

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