Blizzard Just Made A Big Diablo Reveal More Likely

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Blizzcon 2018 is just over a month away, and Blizzard has just given the biggest hint that a Diablo related news will be on the cards.

The developer has published the full schedule for their annual convention, offering the biggest indication of what to expect. Apart from the lower rounds and bracket play for various Blizzard tournaments, the schedule reveals that a panel titled "Diablo: What's Next" will headline after the opening ceremony, followed by a panel on the future of Overwatch.

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Blizzard has typically used the first panel immediately after the opening keynote for their major announcements in years past. After cancelling Blizzcon in 2012, the company followed their 2013 opening keynote with a panel exploring the then-announced expansion for World of Warcraft, Warlords of Draenor.

2014 was the year Overwatch was announced, and Jeff Kaplan and co. took the main stage after the keynote to explain Blizzard's move into first-person shooters. 2015 was followed by an overview of Legion, the then-upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, while a panel covering Hearthstone's Gadgetzan expansion took the main stage after 2016's keynote.

Finally, last year's Blizzcon went from the opening speech straight into a 90 minute discussion of the seventh WoW expansion, Battle for Azeroth. Blizzard also officially announced they were working on a "classic server option" for World of Warcraft.

Diablo hasn't had such a prominent spot on the Blizzcon schedule for a while. Even in 2016, when Blizzard was celebrating the 20th anniversary of Diablo, Heroes of the Storm, WoW, Overwatch and Hearthstone were on the main stage first. The game didn't get any new announcements at Blizzcon 2017, either.

So with the release of Diablo 3 on the Switch, the re-confirmation of the animated Diablo Netflix series, and job postings on the Blizzard website confirming "a new, unannounced Diablo project", this year is as good a time as ever to announce some fresh dungeon slaying. The official Diablo account also hinted that "we have multiple Diablo projects in the works" just before Gamescom.

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    In a month, around the time the switch version of 3 releases... Curious if it is a new announcement whether that will hurt or help sales...? I was almost certainly going to >sigh< triple dip for the switch version, now I guess i’ll hold fire until the news/how long the game/whatever is from landing? Hmm.

      Blizzard likes releasing games in the second and third quarters - Overwatch in May, WoW expansions mid August - and they've specifically noted that there's a few things in the works that will take some time to complete. I think you'll be safe. Also, Diablo played quite well on the Switch. That'd be a cracking game on the morning commute.

        It's a good time to release things since it's really quiet.

        Agreed, blasting through a cheeky rift or two whilst everyone else stares blankly at their phone on the way to work definitely appeals - just if they announce a ‘new shiny’ I know me & can see my interest in 3 drop pretty quickly!

        It’s good that they’re announcing something anyway so i’ll take the rare internet position of waiting both patiently & optimistically :D

    I see a lot of people screaming D4, personally I'm leaning to a new xpack although it won't surprise me if they spend 40 minutes talking about what's next with Season haha

      wont be a xpac, its already been discussed that the plans for the xpac became the Necro "DLC" and the extra areas that they gave for free. I wouldnt be surprised if it was the rework of the games setup (removing the Auction House and adding adventures) meant that the timeframe and effort wasnt worth it for the xpac.

      Im hoping for D4, but there have also been rumours of a remaster of D2

        argh as much as I like D2, if the only major announcement about the franchise is the remaster of it then I fear for the survivability of Diablo as a franchise

      Yeah, i think its likely it will be a new Xpac. I mean it would make sense to do so. Why would they suddenly announce a new diablo right on the back of confirming D3 will be coming to the switch. It would make more sense to announce a new xpac for D3 and that it will be coming to all supported platforms.

        Capcom released Monster Hunter Generations on Switch, a port of a 3DS game, while World was taking the rest of the console/PC world by storm. It could be a similar scenario.

          Capcom =/= Blizzard though. The other reason for that was because the MHW engine would more than likely not run on the switch without serious graphical downgrades which they obviously did not want to invest time in doing.

      I'd probably take a new expansion but really after 3-4 years of waiting for one it just doesn't seem likely to me.

      A year ago I would've agreed as interest was still high while updates had slowed (since the Necro release) but instead we got a Blizzcon with no Diablo at all and an entire year of silence, copy/paste seasons and now a random switch port. I guess the port does make an expansion possible again but everything else just hints to me that D3 is dead, time for D4 - it would hardly be the first time someone has ported/re-released an old game as they announce the follow-up anyway.

    My Uncle who works at Blizztendo told me that they're going to be releasing a Diablo mobile gacha game where everyone is turned into waifus. Except Deckard Cain because he's already best waifu.

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