Rumor: Diablo 3 Announcement Coming Next Month (Update: Blizzard Responds)

By Chris Faylor, May 21, 2008 10:32am PDT Update 2: PC Gamer has confirmed that Diablo 3 is not revealed in its August issue.

Update: "We definitely appreciate that the community has a lot of interest in seeing the Diablo series continue, and we certainly share that desire," a Blizzard representative told Shacknews when reached for comment.

"For now, though, our focus remains on StarCraft II and Wrath of the Lich King. I'm afraid I don't have any new plans to announce at this time."

Original Story: Rumors are running rampant that Blizzard Entertainment may officially reveal its action-RPG sequel Diablo 3 next month.

The first solid evidence for Diablo 3 popped up in 2006. Since then, the World of Warcraft developer has unveiled StarCraft II, announced the WoW expansion Wrath of the Lich King, and mentioned a "Next-Gen MMO" that is not a WoW expansion.

Now, PC Gamer magazine has teased that its next issue--due around June 30--will feature a "top-secret cover story so huge we had to go to [CENSORED] to get it," and fansite Blizzplanet has responded with the following points to back speculation that the timing and phrasing suggests Diablo 3:

The site further speculates that the "[CENSORED]" in PC Gamer's tease could be substituted with "hell," a likely Diablo reference. Then again, it could be replaced with anything from "Mars" to "The Mystical Island of Glitter Unicorns" and still make sense.

Shacknews has contacted Blizzard Entertainment for comment and will update with any further relevant information.

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  • If D3 is somehow pay to play, is that really so bad?

    Sure if the game is $60 + a large ($15) monthly fee then forget it, but to be honest I wouldn't mind paying a nominal fee each month to play a great game. If it gets more money in the hands of the developers, and reduces piracy then why not? I have little doubt that D3 will be a MASSIVE game, as D2 was when it came out, and that kind of attention to detail and replayability should rightfully cost more than your average PC title. And if the small monthly fee was going to maintain high quality game servers and new content...

    I just don't see why great games should be bounded by a one time, constant retail price anymore. Some games give you so much more than that $50 or $60 price tag you paid.