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Blizzard Pulled Diablo 4 Announcement From BlizzCon

06 November 2018, 06:42 | Myron Mathis

Blizzard Pulled Diablo 4 Announcement From BlizzCon

Diablo 2 Remastered May Be Announced at Blizz Con 2018 Report

Blizzard changed its BlizzCon plans for Diablo at some point in the last couple of weeks, those people familiar with goings-on at Blizzard said. According to sources who spoke to Kotaku, Blizzard had meant to tease Diablo IV, which is indeed in development, but decided at the last minute they weren't yet ready to commit.

Update: A representative for Blizzard responded to IGN's request for comment, saying, contrary to today's earlier Kotaku report, that the company "didn't pull any announcements from BlizzCon this year or have plans for other announcements". The reveal of a mobile game rather than a full-on Diablo 4 led to a "huge backlash" at what is traditionally a two-day celebration of all things Blizzard. "These are very exciting times-we now have multiple teams working on different Diablo projects and we can't wait to tell you all about them. when the time is right", the company said. It is speculated that Blizzard might have avoided the decline in stock price, and angering fans if it had simply offered a teaser or glimpse at Diablo 4, which it said is still in development.

In a statement, the studio said: "First off we want to mention that we definitely hear our community".

Blizzard landed itself in a bad situation over the weekend after choosing to close out its Blizzcon mainstage announcements with Diablo Immortal, a mobile spin-off.

As for the reason for the delayed reveal, they seem to be perfectly reasonable: the design of the game has changed multiple times over the last few years and Blizzard still aren't sure they've locked things down enough to announce it.

"Diablo fans reacted as though, after a 12-year relationship, Blizzard had taken them out to a candlelit dinner and a long walk upon a moonlit beach, then gifted them a pearl necklace".

Launched in May 2012, Diablo 3 hasn't seen any new content since 2017, although it's just been made available on the Nintendo Switch, so there's that.

While we wait for more confirmed Diablo news, check out all of the news and trailers we saw at BlizzCon 2018.

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