Rumor: Diablo 4 and a new Overwatch game are seemingly confirmed by Blizzard Versailles employees

    
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THE RESTLESS SOULS OF THE DAMNED, I CHOOSE YOU!

We’ve had persistent rumors about development on Diablo 4 for a long time now, thanks to Blizzard job postings and teases and leaks. And now, a French newspaper might have just confirmed that the game is well along in development while discussing something entirely different. Specifically, Le Monde has covered the fact that the more than 100 employees of Blizzard in Versailles are still in the pits in terms of morale, since employees there have been in limbo since the mass layoffs earlier this year. French staff were told that their positions would be eliminated, but not which positions, when, or whether or not the staff will be laid off.

To quote from the article, with thanks to Icy Veins for the translation:

What about the future? Teams at Blizzard Entertainment have already been presented with the long-awaited Diablo 4 and know that a new Overwatch game is in development. But neither of these two games will be released before 2020, at the very best, and employees at Versailles have no idea if they will still be around when they eventually release. “Activision Blizzard will be making less of a profit, but this will still amount to a lot of profit,” says a veteran employee.

It’s unclear whether either of these games will be on display at this year’s BlizzCon, although it seems likely.

Source: Le Monde via Icy Veins
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rafael12104

A convenient rumor, no? I think Acti/Blizz PR department is hard at work.

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3dom

“We heard you, guys, don’t have phones so we are porting Diablo Immortal to PC as Diablo 4”

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Bruno Brito

Specifically, Le Monde has covered the fact that the more than 100 employees of Blizzard in Versailles are still in the pits in terms of morale, since employees there have been in limbo since the mass layoffs earlier this year.

Considering this, and how D3 was launched, i’m highly sure D4 will be a even bigger shitshow.

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Sasha Alex

About that Mod support for Diablo 3…….
I see you doing it for starcraft and overwatch. But not Diablo.
Should really make the game mod friendly already. Its been 7 years, time to make the game offline playable with separate versions for online and single player so progress wont be carried over.

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Arktouros

Neat. Wake me when we have release dates.

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seculaparsec

Might wanna check out Blizzcon in October then :)

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Jack Pipsam

I really hope it’s a Overwatch spin-off and not just Overwatch 2.

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Andy McAdams

Wouldn’t it just be a kick in the teeth if they announced an Overwatch MMO?

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McGuffn

Agreed, I can’t see why they would make overwatch 2. Certainly not this soon.

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Arthen Wolfsbane

Looking at wikipedia development on Diablo 3 started in 2001 and was released in 2012 . I don’t think they can be very far in development of Diablo 4 because this sounds like a reaction to the negativity around the last Blizzon . If that is the case and development is as long as it was on Diablo 3 I guess the game could release sometime in the late 2020’s or even 2030 .

Personally I wish they had announced a Diablo mmo .

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agemyth 😩

Blizzard is becoming less and less the type of company that will allow itself to spend that kind of time on developing a game. D4 is already into 4 or 5 years of pre-production and early development. Unless something huge goes wrong, it should be expected to be at BlizzCon this year and out within the next 2 years. It was probably targeted to be at the last disastrous BlizzCon and pulled, and there were rumors that this was the case.

Diablo Immortal is being advertised as a “MMOARPG”, so they got you covered there XD

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Arthen Wolfsbane

This is the best information I could find about Diablo 4 https://kotaku.com/the-past-present-and-future-of-diablo-1830593195 ,

It seems according to this article written by Jason Schreier which is based on insider reports, that Diablo 4 has been in development since 2016 . So for arguments sake lets say that development started in January of that year it could at most have been development for 2 and a halt years ( but its probably less ) so that halves the amount of time you suggest its been in development .

From what information I can find about D4 your claim of it being in development 4-5 years seems somewhat dubious to say the least and a release within two years seems somewhat fanciful .

Of course I would be interested in knowing the source of the information you based you comment on if you can link it to me here . It does seem to me that there is a strong possibility of wishful thinking on your part though .

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Ashfyn Ninegold

“Have already been presented with” could mean just about anything. It isn’t “Has been shown”. It isn’t “has seen”. It isn’t “demo’ed” or “played”. It’s presented. In English, presented doesn’t mean any of those things. It means awarded. “Have already been presented with a year’s gift subscription.”

It also means introduced, which could mean no more than what we already know. “Yes, there’s a Diablo 4.” Who doubted this? It’s already rumored by everyone and their dogs to be on the slate for BlizzCon this year, along with Overwatch PvE.

There are nuances to the use of words in every language, so I’m not buying it that France Blizz was SHOWN the game before anyone else. (For comparison fun, google War and Peace translations. The word for Peace in Russian could have been translated as “World”. So the greatest Russian novel might have been known in English as War and World if the translator had made a different decision.)

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Greaterdivinity

France, it’s always freakin France that leaks shit. But ooph, sounds like Blizzard is treating them like garbage. I know the feeling of walking around the office with a noose around your neck, not sure if you’ll be one of the ones dropped from the gallows or not, it’s freakin awful. Good luck to those dudes, I can’t blame them from the leaks given their situation.

But damn if, “Someone in France leaked X” hasn’t historically been the bane of my existence : |

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rafael12104

I’m thinking it is all part of a much bigger plan.

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Greaterdivinity

What is, the leak?

Because if so…in my experience it never is. It’s always some idiot going, “Oh, wouldn’t this be fun!” and leaking planned information to a small outlet without telling anyone, completely blowing up global communications plans because I have no idea what they’re thinking -_-

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rosieposie

This is because the government agencies in France demand a lot more transparency from companies who want to do mass firings. I’m guessing that somewhere in the communication between Acti-Blizz and the regulator, some of their plans and projects came up, and this communication actually created the leak.

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Darthbawl

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE allow offline single-player play in D4. *crosses fingers and toes* 😆

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rosieposie

But how would they monetize that?