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.