Blizzard will announce ‘Diablo-related news’ at BlizzCon, but it’s not what you want to hear

    
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Lately there’s been a whole lot of speculation surrounding Diablo, with rumors flying left and right about what may be in store for the future of Blizzard’s venerable demon-killing franchise. Some popular theories have included a Diablo MMORPG, a remake of the classic Diablo and/or Diablo II, and — according to a hastily deleted tweet from September — even a Diablo animated series. Blizzard, for its part, has remained tight-lipped on the subject, confirming only that it has “multiple Diablo projects in the works” and promising more details at BlizzCon.

So now, with Blizzcon just around the corner, players are hopeful that they’ll finally get some concrete news about the future of Diablo. In light of that, Blizzard has posted an announcement to the official site to announce that it’s… announcing something later. Yes, an announcement announcement.

What is that something? Well, maybe don’t get your hopes too much up. The post does say that “November 2 will be an especially diabolical date,” as it’s the first day of BlizzCon as well as the launch day for Diablo III on the Nintendo Switch. But it certainly doesn’t bode well for a far bigger reveal and doesn’t sound like it’ll be the announcement of an MMO or new entry in the Diablo franchise.

“While we won’t be ready to announce all of our projects,” the post says, “we do intend to share some Diablo-related news with you at the show.” So maintain that holding pattern, Diablo fans, and keep your fingers crossed for something juicy when BlizzCon kicks off in November.

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rosieposie

well, as long as it’s something the shareholders – the true customers of the AAA gaming industry – want to hear, then it’s alright, I guess.

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Tiresias

Frankly, I’d just like to hear that they are going to do more with the Overwatch IP beyond “Class-based Arena Shooter”.

Seriously, it’s one of the best near-future IPs ever made. DO SOMETHING with it.

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Ryan Allgood

This is kind of what I expected to hear. The rumors of a Diablo 4 were nice, but I still think we’re years and years away from that, if it even comes.

It seems like this Blizzcon is sort of an “off year”. Like they are just going through the motions because it’s expected.

Maybe WoW Classic will really steal the show and make it worthwhile, but I don’t think there will be any exciting Diablo announcements. They’ll show off the Switch version, and maybe at most we’ll get some more news about the Netflix show.

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Bannex

Diablo 4: Magda’s Revenge

3 new heroes:

iPhone Genius
Twitch Streamer
And Hashtag

Plot:

Magda has returned with an army of white, right wing suits trying to murder net neutrality for good. You can pick from 3 gender neutral heroes who utilize their unique spells and abilities to destroy Magda and her racially pure, binary sexual orientation agenda.

After writing this in jest I realized that this game needs to be made.

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Sally Bowls

D2 was 2000, D3 was 2012. 2012 + 12 may not add up to 2024 but it may, alas, be after 2018

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Dug From The Earth

Diablo 1 was 1997, which was only 3 years from D2.

The formula bring us neither closer nor farther from knowing what is actually going to happen.

Blizzard has an A+ in wasting hype and potential, so I dont think the overall mindset should be positive.

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Sorenthaz

I’d at least hope for a Diablo 2 remastered, similar to what they did with Starcraft. Seems like a no-brainer to do that.

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Rottenrotny

but it’s not what you want to hear.. and I base that on absolutely nothing

What a clickbait article title.

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Armsbend

I’m looking forward to the next Diablo game so GGG can kick Blizzard’s ass again.

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BDJ

I hate to break it to ya, but if blizz learns from their lessons with D3 (thats a big if), PoE will be in trouble. PoE plays like trash and looks like trash. Blizz abandoned D3 and didn’t really try to improve it in any meaningful way since RoS. I doubt that will be the base with the next one.

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Sally Bowls

Things are not that bad when your “failures” are the 10th Best-Selling Video Game Of All Time

https://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2015/08/05/believe-it-or-not-diablo-3-is-now-the-10th-best-selling-video-game-of-all-time/#1eec210c2ab4

If the criteria is “money you can deposit in a bank” as opposed to “social media kudos,” I suspect D3 compares quite favorably to the competition.

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Dug From The Earth

the last 3 years of blizzcon have been a disappointing letdown for Diablo fans.

if they are warning people not to get their hopes up, what they are announcing this year must be pretty sad.

Do people even care about diablo 3 for the Switch? I mean seriously? I dont know anyone who ONLY owns a switch and not an xbox, ps4 or PC as well. Diablo 3 for Switch is about as exciting as the 14th re-release of Skyrim.

A diablo 1 remaster would keep the fans quite for another 6 months at best, but its not really the game they want remastered (they want D2).

No real Diablo fan wants some half assed mobile game. Too many mechanics of the core gameplay would have to change to make a mobile game possible… at which point its not really a Diablo game.

With as big as Blizzard is… in manpower, in money, and in talent, gamers should expect better from them, and they SHOULD deliver. Mostly because they CAN, but often choose not to.

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Schmidt.Capela

Actually, with D3 on the Switch being offline (and perhaps even allowing local multiplayer) and the current Switch cracks offering full support for modding games, it’s the one version of the game that is catching my attention. D3 for the PC is close to worthless for me due to being online-only, and D3 on the other consoles isn’t much better due to the lack of modding capabilities.

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Dug From The Earth

Thats cool and all. Id even give it a try for the mods…. but unfortunately that motivation probably still falls into the minority group of players, and when it comes to business decisions, you typically try to target the majority.

I have a feeling that the majority of D3 fans just want to play the game as it is, out of the box, and that those fan already own D3 on PC or another console. The Switch release is probably targeting that last small percent of players who have never played D3 because the shareholders want to see an increase, even if its only a couple of percent.

I dont have issues with a company doing this, but if it ends up being the major source of their hype and marketing at blizzcon…. then THAT i have an issue with.

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Slaasher

Well did they announce not to get your hopes up or is that what the author of the article is telling you that’s what they said?
This was a confusing article for me. Didn’t get it at all

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Hirku

I’m easy to please. I would be ecstatic over a D2 remaster announcement. A D1 remaster would be even better because that’s still my favorite.