Recently, there are lots of rumor relating to the release date of the super classic game – Diablo 4. Lots of people say that this game will be released in 2018, lots of people say that Blizzard won’t release this game in this year. So, what is the truth? Let’s find out it and all other relating things that you should know about this game in this article! Revealing you that at the end of this article, we would mention something that any Diablo 4 fans are expecting. Now, let’s start!
Causes of rumors related to the launch of D4
As mentioned above, for Diablo’s fans, the news about the release of Diablo 4 is the thing they are most concerned about in this time. In fact, the suspicion that Diablo 4 will be launched in 2018 began in August. The first fire aroused this suspicion is that when many famous YouTubers and Streamers received the four-piece dice as a souvenir from Blizzard. This image makes us easily associate to the symbol D4 or also known as Diablo 4 from Blizzard.
Besides that, at that time, there were rumors that David Brevik and Bill Roper, two senior figures at Blizzard North who had developed Diablo 2 would be at this year’s BlizzCon. Moreover, a short time later, on his personal Twitter page, Brevik updated a curious status that: “For 20 years Diablo-like games have evolved & surprised us. I’m proud to be the adviser for the game that pushes this genre to the new heights. “
That’s not all, on the official Twitter page of Blizzard, a representative of this company also confirmed that they were working at the same time on a number of projects that related to Diablo brand (they might be Diablo 2 Remake, the expansion version of Diablo 3, and Diablo 4 as well). Clearly, the information above couldn’t be coincidental, and, they were the main reasons raising the rumor that Diablo 4 will be available at BlizzCon this year.
Results at the BlizzCon 2018.
With so much interest and expectation from fans, finally, the BlizzCon 2018 took place last November (from 3-4/11/2018 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, United States). And the truth is that people who yearned for the launch of Diablo 4 had to be disappointed. The new version of Diablo game that was debuted in this event was Diablo Immortal. This is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game for Android and iOS devices.Lying between the conclusion of Diablo II: Lord of Destruction and events of Diablo III, this version takes gamers to deal with the evil power of skarn and Herald of Terror.
Diablo Immortal is the version debuted in BlizzCon 2018
There were lots of clues showing us that Blizzard is going to announce us about the release of D4. However, until the Blizzcon 2018 ended, there was no announcement brought out. And on an article, Kotaku – a reputable gaming blog provided evidence that the initial plan of Blizzard was to release a brief introduction about Diablo 4 at the end of their announcement. However, this plan is thought to have been canceled at the last minute. According to Kotaku, there are two people who are quite close to Blizzard’s plans told them that after the announcement of Diablo: Immortal, there would be a video pops up. And in this video, co-founder Allen Adham would tell the audience that Diablo 4 is under development. However, the fact that this did not happen.
And reports indicated that Blizzard had changed their plan to announce Diablo 4 at BlizzCon within a few weeks before this event took place. The evidence is that they have written on a Blizzard forum in October about plans to announce their Diablo projects “when everything is ready and the time is correct”
3 reasons why there isn’t any announcement about release date of Diablo 4 in 2018.
Blizzard doesn’t get ready for any announcements
People who are familiar with the situation said that the current Diablo development team was not willing to commit to a new announcement on this game. The reason is that Diablo 4 has changed so much over the past four years.
Let’s look at the release date of previous Diablo games and you will see something.
- Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls released on March 25, 2014
- Diablo 3 released on June 7, 2012
- Diablo 2: Lord of Destruction released on June 27, 2001
- Diablo 2 released on June 29, 2000
- Diablo: Hellfire released on November 24, 1997
- Diablo released on December 31, 1996
One thing is certain, Blizzard is a conscientious game developer. The fact that most of its games take more time to build and develop than other games of other companies. Look at the list of Diablo’s release date above, you can see that it took a very long time to release a new game.
After the release of Diablo II’s Lord of Destruction in 2001, this developer intended to do a plan about Diablo III. However, after 4 years, this plan fell into a deadlock and was almost canceled.
Until 2005, Blizzard was determined to set up a completely new team and come back the project about Diablo III. And you knew when this game was released, right – 2012. That was 7 years after when the project had been restarted. So, it is not difficult to understand why when Diablo III released, it quickly became a bomb and explode the gamer community. If they want Diablo IV to continue and overcome the success of Diablo III, in your opinion, how long will it take?
Diablo III is still very successful
The fact that Blizzard was extremely wise when installing the new ranking system that compares between gamers who play Diablo III. In order to win the main campaign of this game, on average, you usually have to spend from 15-20 hours playing.However, the important point is that after winning the main campaign, there are still plenty of things to explore. Blizzard is extremely delicate when setting lots of challenging with different levels difficulty. Besides that, they also created a Seasonal Ranking in which Diablo III’s players will continually compete to see who can complete all mission first and become top 1. It’s also the reason that until now, Diablo III is still one of the most exciting games for many gamers. They even play again every season.
Blizzard games often have relatively long lifespans
The fact that gamers tend to follow the trend. You can see this when looking at the PUBG and the Battle Royale genres. This led to the collapse of countless other game titles since a huge amount of players transfer to the Battle Royale genre. However, this situation happens to whom, not to Blizzard games. The fact that the lifespans of Blizzard games are always considered to be the longest in every developer.
This situation is also understandable because Blizzard took a very long time to create a new game. And even when a game has been released for a long time, they still pay their attention and invest to it. For example, Starcraft II was released 7 years ago, but it has continued to receive attention and investment from the company. Besides that, World of Warcraft debuted in 2004 is still a very successful game with a very huge number of players.
For these reasons, we can see that it is extremely difficult to have an announcement about the release of Diablo IV in this year.
Diablo IV is developing under the code name FENRIS
A good news for Diablo IV fans is that this game is still under development despite slow progress. It’s the truth! It is developing under a code named Fenris. Kotaku discovered this in an interview with Blizzard’s 11 employees. Accordingly, after the second expansion version of Diablo 3 was canceled, many members of the team began working on a new project. According to this source, it is the embodiment of Diablo 4.
Beginning in 2016, many members of the development team have found optimism about the direction that Diablo IV is pursuing. Although still in the initial development phase, this game is expected to be released in 2020 or later. And, until this time, we still don’t know whether this game will be released on PC first or other platforms first.
Besides that, according to information of Kotaku, the Diablo IV team also stand in front of an important decision is that whether it retains the original camera angle from previous Diablo games or uses a close-up view. That is the third-person perspective that was tested in another canceled Diablo project, named Hades. However, recent builds of this game are expected to remain as same as Diablo titles have been released.
“There are a lot of people feeling that Diablo 3 has escaped whats make the franchisesof Diablo from art style and magic effects“. This member also said that they tend to make this game more like Diablo 2 than the predecessor right before it.
“We want to make it dark, and remove all things that are supposed to be fun in Diablo 3 … We want to bring what has made people horrified in Diablo II, but in a more modern way,” another employee said.
With these revelations, although things are going pretty slowly, we totally can be sure of the launch of Diablo IV in the near future. Moreover, with the above disclosure, we can fully expect a more successful return of this game. And for a great game like Diablo, it deserves to wait, right?