Blizzard Denies Diablo 4 Teaser Trailer Was Pulled From BlizzCon 2018

Written by Jon Sutton on Tue, Nov 6, 2018 12:48 PM
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If you have even a cursory interest in Blizzard and the Diablo series, you’ll be all too aware of the storm of controversy that blew up during BlizzCon 2018 over the weekend. Blizzard ended its opening keynote for the event with the reveal of Diablo Immortal, a new mobile Diablo game developed in conjunction with NetEase.

Suffice to say, a large section of fans were not happy. At all. They’ve made their feelings known loud and clear, downvoting YouTube trailers for Diablo Immortal and booing Blizzard at BlizzCon itself. They wanted Diablo 4, not Diablo Immortal. It’s plainly obvious Diablo IV is coming of course, and Diablo Immortal’s development is not going to impact any potential Diablo sequel whatsoever, but it was certainly an off-key way to handle a reveal at Blizzard’s biggest event of the year.

Last night a further rumour surfaced that Blizzard had, in fact, intended to show a Diablo 4 teaser trailer at the end of BlizzCon. This particular rumour came from Kotaku’s Jason Schreier, who claimed Blizzard decided to pull the trailer from the event at the last moment.

Today, Blizzard has now refuted these claims, saying Diablo 4 was never planned for BlizzCon and that no trailers were pulled.

“First off we want to mention that we definitely hear our community,” said Blizzard. “We generally don’t comment on rumors or speculation, but we can say that we didn’t pull any announcements from BlizzCon this year or have plans for other announcements. We do continue to have different teams working on multiple unannounced Diablo projects, and we look forward to announcing when the time is right.

Schreier though, insists Blizzard co-found Allen Adham had recorded a video in which he talked about a new Diablo game coming to PC. There is some confusion over whether this video was intended for BlizzCon or another event, but the suggestion is that Diablo 4 is very much real, it’s in development and has been for years, but it’s been undergoing some major changes throughout its dev cycle. Until Blizzard has nailed down what Diablo 4 is going to be exactly, we’re not going to hear about it.

For my part, I really cannot see what the fuss is about, outside of how the reveal was made. Creators should be free to create what they want, customers should be free to pay for what they want. If Diablo Immortal isn't wanted, it won't succeed. There have been plenty of beloved game franchises that have had mobile versions with no damage to the core series, including Hitman, Tomb Raider, and FIFA, and there's no reason to think Diablo Immortal will irreversibly damage the franchise. Diablo 4 will happen regardless, and Diablo Immortal will be on mobile for those who want it.

What are your thoughts on the Diablo Immortal storm that's been brewing? Was it the right game shown at the wrong place, or is it an actual blow to the Diablo franchise? And when do you think Diablo 4 will be revealed? Let us know your thoughts!

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22:22 Nov-08-2018

Nice move Blizzard. Double down on the scum bag tactics of mobile games.

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21:07 Nov-11-2018

"Do you guys not have phones?"

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07:49 Nov-07-2018

Imagine travelling across the whole country, getting a nice, expensive tickets ( if they exists tho), spending 3 days at the Billzcon just to hear them announce one mobile game. I would be disappointed too, who wouldn't ?

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20:12 Nov-06-2018

https://cdn3.dualshockers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/WarhammerChasobane.jpg
Hmmmm.... who would I rather support and give my hard earned money to? A dev that gets their fan base? Or one that doesn't?

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20:20 Nov-06-2018

Inb4 someone says "But there are Warhammer games on mobile"....... yeah.... duh, but most of those are ports from the PC versions, and those that were done from the ground up as mobile games were also released on PC..... They didn't just leave their core fan base hanging as they delved into the microtransaction laden land of the tiny screen to please their investors.

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20:06 Nov-06-2018

Hail cell phone gaming......

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17:21 Nov-06-2018

I think the problem was that they announced they would reveal something really awesome about Diablo and then they announced "only" a mobile game. I think that is the reason for so much frustration.

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19:09 Nov-06-2018

only?
well mobile game can be as good as pc/console games gameplay and story wise, not sure what is going on about this diablo as i am not some big fan of it played first 2 games, so does people hate them bec its not on pc or bec game is bad?

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19:42 Nov-06-2018

A simple dumbed/stripped down game on a tiny screen with crappy touch controls, littered with ads and microtransactions..... there's plenty of reasons for gamers to hate mobile games.
Do phones have the physical capabilities to deliver a better gaming experience? Absolutely, but it's not what mobile game developers have been doing, because on mobile, good games don't make money.... crappy games built around cash shop microtransactions do.

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20:19 Nov-06-2018

thanks i see now

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09:07 Nov-07-2018

They literally said 3 weeks ago they wouldn't reveal anything awesome about Diablo? Link

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17:21 Nov-07-2018

They just said to lower expectations after seeing people jumping on the D4 bandwagon. Although I don't think anyone realistically expected them to mean lowered to the point of a mobile game announcement, ESPECIALLY the Diablo franchise. I'm a huge Diablo fan, love it to death, so I'm biased. However, that doesn't change the fact that they released a hype video in *August within regards to Diablo, have showed minimal love to the Diablo community, and now are giving us a re-skinned version of some other microtransaction-infested game. It saddens me.

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17:26 Nov-07-2018

Video I'm referencing here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwVaqS_bd-8

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09:05 Nov-08-2018

I applied a bit of common sense to their statement and Diablo Immortal was above my expectations. I assumed there would be nothing. This is all getting pretty daft now lol, the game won't be coming any sooner or later whether it was announced or not, it makes no difference.

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17:11 Nov-08-2018

Yeah, the amount of fuss over it is a bit silly. It doesn't matter, I won't be playing it. All I know is I'm disappointed. What were you expecting if Immortal was above your expectations? I'm curious. I was hoping for a D3 expansion after the blue text from blizzard.

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11:16 Nov-09-2018

I was expecting literally nothing, to be honest. When they said " “These are very exciting times—we currently have multiple teams working on different Diablo projects and we can’t wait to tell you all about them . . . when the time is right." I took that is meaning Blizzard has Diablo stuff in development, it just wasn't going to be ready for this Blizzcon

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17:21 Nov-09-2018

Ah, makes sense. Just caught me off-guard with the announcement. Thanks for your thoughts, Jon.

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14:29 Nov-06-2018

I thought i read Diablo denies next diablo is for PC

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13:27 Nov-06-2018

talk about shooting your self in the foot... and not in the clean/fast way too!
At this point better just lie and say that you did plan to do something like this and the whole mobile-only version fiasco could cool down a bit at least

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