Over at MMORPG.com, one of the writers has formulated an intriguing theory that Blizzard is actually in the process of creating a Diablo MMORPG which will be announced next year.
The hypothesis mostly is based on a few factors from last month’s BlizzCon, including the lack of a Diablo presence at all and the seemingly rushed announcement of World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth. The author argues that Blizzard originally wanted to announce the Diablo MMO, but since it wasn’t quite ready, it hurried the announcement of Battle for Azeroth before it intended to share that with the community.
When you throw in other elements such as Blizzard leeching WoW members for other projects and hiring devs with “massively multiplayer” experience, it’s enough to make you pause and go “hm.”
“World of Warcraft feels as if it’s wrapping up to either end completely or to go into maintenance mode,” the author argues. “Diablo is obviously an IP that could be very easily be adapted to a multiplayer online game far larger than it is right now […] Diablo is the best of Blizzard’s existing IPs for transition from what it is now to full-blown MMO.”
What do you think about the odds of this happening? Does the author have a point or is this theory built on flimsy assumptions and thin connections?