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Blizzard has multiple Diablo projects in the pipeline

Diablo IV is apparently in the works, but its development might take a few more years. (Source: Blue Moon Game)
Diablo IV is apparently in the works, but its development might take a few more years. (Source: Blue Moon Game)
Diablo III is arguably the weakest link in Blizzard's current portfolio, and, although the company is not really pressured by upcoming Korean MMOARPGs, it at least owes it to the fans to hype things up for the Diablo franchise once again. Blizzard acknowledged the existence of multiple Diablo-inspired projects already in development, some of these being scheduled for a reveal at Blizz Con this year.

Some of Blizzards most important money makers are arguably outdated and could benefit from updated versions. Take for example World of Warcraft. The game has been slowly bleeding players over the past few years, but a single new expansion was able to hype things up again and player count is now back to 6 million. It is more about reputation than product quality at this point. While WoW is still in good shape, Diablo III cannot really compare to any of Blizzards current hits, including Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm and Hearthstone.

Of all these, Diablo III seems to be the weakest link, and almost appears like it has been on life support for a year. The upcoming Korean MMORPGs like Lost Ark Online and Project The Lineage, as well as the existing Path of Exile ARPG are practically reinventing hack & slash genre that was essentially created by Blizzard. Of course, there is no real pressure here, as Blizzard has all those other games bringing in the cash flow, but the company at least owes it to the fans to make Diablo great again. Remember, it is all about reputation for big companies like Blizzard.

Earlier this year, there were some job listings for an upcoming Diablo project, but the most recent message from Brandy Camel, one of the Diablo 3 community managers, revealed that Blizzard is actually working on multiple Diablo projects, and some “are going to take longer than others.” One of these project is bound to be a continuation for Diablo 3, but it also might be one of the projects that is going to take longer. There are rumors about a Diablo-themed card game, as well.

To hype things up even more, Camel mentioned that some of the Diablo-related projects will be presented at this year’s Blizz Con event in early November.


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Bogdan Solca, 2018-08- 9 (Update: 2018-08- 9)