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Diablo 4 could be released in 2020

With the recent restructuring changes occurring at Blizzard, a possible 2020 launch for Diablo 4 might signal some negative aspects. While Blizzard has already assured its fans that it will focus more on its franchises, the company could give in to the bad practices that somehow became standard for many rushed launches from the past few years.

When Diablo: Immortal was announced in late 2018 as a smartphone-only tile, franchise fans lost their minds and blamed Blizzard for ruining the series with a game that will most likely focus on microtransactions. Later on it was revealed that Blizzard is already working on a PC sequel for Diablo 3, and the latest word on the street is that Blizzard cancelled a few projects, including a StartCraft-inspired first-person shooter in order to prioritize the new Diablo title. This might mean that Diablo 4 could potentially be released sooner than initially thought.

French newspaper Le Monde recently reported on the Blizzard layoffs that occurred both in the U.S. and Europe (especially the Versailles branch in France). Interestingly enough, the report also mentions that some of the remaining Blizzard Versailles employees were shown a Diablo 4 demo: “The Blizzard Entertainment teams have already had the right to [watch] a presentation of the highly anticipated Diablo 4 and know that a new Overwatch is in the pipes. But none will come out before 2020, at best, and the employees of Versailles do not know if they will still be around when they eventually arrive.”

Earlier reports claimed that Diablo 4 went through a few iterations and Blizzard finally decided to stick with the original dark and realistic look, also adding a few MMO aspects like a co-op hub. Blizzard usually takes its sweet time in order to release a quality product, and hopefully, with all the recent layoffs, the company will not rush the launch just to appease those fans that were disappointed with the Diablo: Immortal announcement.

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Bogdan Solca, 2019-06-25 (Update: 2019-06-25)