So, it looks like Diablo 4 for the PC is real. Blizzard also revealed that the game will be available in the summer of 2019 much to the excitement of many fans of the series. "Blizzard severely miscalculated how their fans would respond, which suggests they aren't in touch with their players as maybe they should be".
"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". If you attend the show either in person or stream the event via Blizzard's annual virtual ticket offering, chances are you're a pretty big fan of at least one of the company's games.
"We have said that we have multiple Diablo teams working on multiple Diablo projects and that remains true, even after releasing [Diablo 3 for Nintendo] Switch and announcing Diablo: Immortal", Adham said. Diablo: Immortal is a free to play mobile title, and die-hard Diablo fans are clearly not happy. However, he noted that those players didn't get to play the game and when they do they will have a different opinion of the game.
"Diablo 3" embraced a portable format through a November 2 release for Nintendo Switch and "Diablo Immortal" will continue down the same path.
As usual, the developer had a variety of announcements revolving around their games as well as some of their partner games.
After initially reporting that a video was made to announce the new sequel but was later pulled from BlizzCon, Blizzard commented and offered a statement saying that no planned announcement was pulled from the presentation, despite the fact that Kotaku can confirm such a video was indeed created. And perhaps the whole Diablo Immortal backlash would have been a small blip and not the major distraction it has become.
The pricing structure, which hasn't been revealed, will tell us a lot about Blizzard's intentions here. However, a new report suggests that Blizzard had, at one point, meant to close with word on Diablo 4.
"We expect Activision Blizzard to outpace its peers with its in-game monetization, and expect dramatic growth in its mobile business as it launches new titles based upon its successful PC and console games", Wedbush wrote. No, I'm not talking about the UK-EU Brexit negotiations entering their final phase or the HBO box-set levels of drama coming out of the U.S. mid-terms.
In other Warcraft news, Blizzard confirmed that WoW Classic will be releasing mid-next year.