Blizzard recently unveiled the mobile game Diablo: Immortal at Blizzcon, and it’s fair to say that the fans weren’t best pleased, especially with many expecting a Diablo 4 announcement.
As it turns out, Blizzard were apparently indeed gearing up to share Diablo 4 with the world at Blizzcon, but the announcement was pulled at the eleventh hour according to two anonymous insiders who spoke to Kotaku.
Blizzard original plan was, apparently, to follow up the Diablo: Immortal trailer with a video of Blizzard co-founder Allen Adham teasing Diablo 4. It’s a classic bait and switch, except it didn’t go to plan so all we got was the bait.
So what was the reasoning behind the announcement getting pulled? According to one of Kotaku’s sources, development on the game has changed so drastically over the last four years that the team decided it wasn’t ready to share anything.
Still, even if Blizzard couldn’t show anything of Diablo 4, they could have at least let the fans know the game was definitely coming – if only to offset the tidal wave of hate that the poor souls faced after showing off Immortal.
Studio co-founder, Allen Adham, recently spoke to Kotaku about the reception to Immortal:
We know our audience here is passionately PC and console-focused. We’ve also seen this before. We saw a similar response when we announced that we were bringing Diablo to console, and we saw a similar response to the announcement of Hearthstone. They [the community] love what they love and want what they want. That passion, it’s actually what drives us, and we feel it too. It’s why we make games and why we’ve made games for almost three decades now — and why our community is so passionate about our franchises. I understand their feeling and wish we could share more about all the amazing things we’re doing, not just with the Diablo franchise but across the company as a whole.
Adham’s comments certainly suggest that there are more Diablo games in the pipeline, so while Diablo 4 might not be confirmed just yet, it seems a safe bet that the game is coming, and an announcement will be on the way sooner rather than later.
For now, you can pre-register for Diablo: Immortal via the Google Play Store if you fancy judging a game on its own merits, instead of the fact that it’s not Diablo 4.
Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.