Blizzard Says It 'Didn't Pull Any Announcements From BlizzCon'

Diablo 2 Remastered May Be Announced at Blizz Con 2018 Report

Chinese internet firm Netease, already a domestic partner for several other Blizzard titles, has been involved in the development of "Diablo Immortal", which promises a faithful continuation of the "Diablo" formula.

Speaking with Kotaku, two separate sources said that at one point, Blizzard planned to have co-founder, Allen Adham, record a short video for Diablo fans touching on the next mainline game in the series. Everyone expected Diablo IV to be revealed or at the very least announced at BlizzCon 2018.but instead Blizzard showed off Diablo Immortal, the mobile game no one really asked for.

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. Of course, because no part of this story is simple, Blizzard refuted this report, stating, "we can say that we didn't pull any announcements from BlizzCon this year or have plans for other announcements".

The comment came after the same Kotaku published a story that said Blizzard had recorded a Diablo 4 presentation video featuring co-founder Allen Adham, with the goal of showing it at BlizzCon. Blizzard essentially said as much with a blog post prior to BlizzCon 2018 anyway, asking fans to temper their expectations because the company "won't be ready to announce all of our projects". "We do continue to have different teams working on multiple unannounced Diablo projects, and we look forward to announcing when the time is right." the statement reads.

The plan to reveal Diablo 4 at Blizzcon was apparently changed within the last couple of weeks, mainly because the Diablo team was anxious about revealing the game at this early stage.

Blizzard has been attempting damage control since the Diablo Immortal announcement hit the web, so at this point, it is hard to lean one way or the other. Last Friday, Diablo III also came to the Nintendo Switch.

At the same time, though, Diablo Immortal will not affect Diablo IV's development in any way.

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