Blizzard Pulled Diablo 4 Announcement From BlizzCon

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Taking to Twitter to share his thoughts on the Diablo: Immortal backlash Blizzard received during BlizzCon 2018, Kern referred to the game's situation as a "fiasco". We've heard from the hardcore Diablo fans that feel spurned, the ex-Blizzard producer that thinks Blizzard dug its own grave, and the developers themselves that have continually stressed that multiple Diablo projects are in the works.

Now key sources familiar with the matter give more insight on this unusual decision. 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. However, according to two anonymous insiders who spoke to Kotaku, Blizzard originally planned on closing with an announcement for Diablo 4, but cut it from the opening ceremony at the eleventh hour.

While Kotaku usually gets solid information from its sources, Blizzard has come out to deny claims that Diablo 4 was initially set to be announced at Blizzcon.

This omission makes sense for two reasons: development and marketing. Posting an image that included the text "Warhammer: Chaosbane is Not Coming to Mobile", the tweet reads, "Experience Warhammer: Chaosbane the way it's meant to be played on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2019". Blizzard has assured fans publicly that it has multiple Diablo games in development.

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Diablo Immortal was the only Diablo announcement at BlizzCon, and to put it mildly, many fans have responded negatively. That would've lessened the big blow from the likely microtransaction-ridden Diablo Immortal announcement.

Earlier today Warhammer: Chaosbane, an upcoming action-RPG that looks incredibly similar to Diablo, took a jab at Diablo Immortal on Twitter.

A release date for the iOS and Android game is yet to be announced.

A new iteration of "Diablo", the legendary action-role playing game franchise had been highly anticipated, though its mobile format was something of a surprise for a community used to playing on computers and, through 2013's "Diablo III" on console.