Blizzard Pulled Diablo 4 Announcement From BlizzCon

That's a lot of dislikes

That's a lot of dislikes

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. There were a few reasons for the controversy, but the driving factor was that the company's sole Diablo announcement was a game that appeared to be made for a very different audience than hardcore Diablo fans. But according to one source, because Diablo 4 has changed dramatically in the past four years, the team decided it wasn't ready to announce anything, so the video was removed from the BlizzCon proceedings as recently as October.

Despite asking fans to reel in their expectations for Diablo-related news at BlizzCon 2018, it turns out the company had plans to tease the development of Diablo 4 anyway.

Now, we've known for a while that other Diablo stuff is in development - Blizzard has said that at least a couple of times. "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.

Activision Blizzard and NetEase didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

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"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".

The general sentiment coming out of BlizzCon surrounding Diablo Immortal was negative, and this theoretically presents an optics problem and it likely explains why investors might have been spooked.

Rather than publicly address these issues, all the company did was assure its fans that multiple Diablo games are in the works.though at what point they scrap Diablo 4 or announce it officially seems to rest entirely on the company's faith in the product that aims to follow up 2012's Diablo III - good PR be as damned as the games' titular antagonist. One of them is the game that fans are waiting for, and it was almost announced last week.

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