Next Diablo game officially in the works as revealed by Blizzard job listing
Diablo 3 launched back in 2012 and introduced quite a few interesting elements for the franchise, including a hardcore mode where players would lose the character if it died once, a real currency auction house, PVP combat and extended co-op play, plus artisan NPCs that craft items if players provide them with the necessary materials.
Unfortunately, the real currency auction house turned out to be a bit of a disaster and Blizzard had to do away with the real currency aspect altogether. From that point on, even if the game improved overall, the number of players constantly decreased. The game is not completely dead right now, as it still has significant numbers of hardcore followers, but Blizzard does not seem to provide updates on a regular basis anymore.
There have been rumors about a new Diablo project for over a year now, with some artwork pieces sprouting here and there and a few job listings that alluded to a new game set in the Diablo world. Fans can rejoice now, as Blizzard just essentially confirmed that it has been working on a new Diablo project for some time now.
The beginning of the job listing specifically informs that Blizzard is “working on a new, unannounced Diablo project. Are you a skilled Dungeon Artist? Come work with us, and together we will build something exceptional. Our team of talented developers is growing. Our backgrounds are diverse, but we all share a real passion for what we do. We believe that if you’re looking for a tight-knit crew that celebrates self-expression and embraces collaboration, we might be a phenomenal fit for you.”
This appears to be a totally new game, not the rumored Nintendo Switch Diablo 3 port. Blizzard will probably announce the new Diablo game at BlizzCon in early November. If Blizzard decides to go into the MMOARPG direction, the new Diablo would have serious competition with the upcoming Lost Ark Online and Project The Lineage which should be launched in late 2018 and 2019, respectively, first in Korea, then world-wide.