Diablo 4? Blizzard offering hints to die for

The clues are out there.

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Blizzard likes to keep itself busy. The new Legion expansion is out for World of Warcraft, and the Starcraft 2 trilogy is done except for some minor mission packs. Overwatch is a huge success, as is Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm is rolling right along. So what does that leave? The Diablo franchise, of course, and there are some hints that Diablo 4 could be making an appearance at BlizzCon next month.

At the heart of the speculation is a Diablo-themed bag of role-playing dice that is part of the the BlizzCon 2016 goodie bag. The bag includes a 4-sided die (aka D4), but it is unusable because of what was first thought to be a printing errorinvolving the 4s and the 1s on the die. Two ones and a 4 pop up when the die lnds a certain way. While printing errors do happen, people began to notice that 1-1-4 could be read as 11/4, or November 4, which happens to be the first day of BlizzCon. Hmmmmm, a D4 with a 11/4 printing error ...

But wait, there is more. David Brevik, who worked on the original series before branching out on his own, recently tweeted a picture of the Libra constellation and " "For 20 years, Diablo-like games have evolved & surprised us. I'm proud to be the adviser for the game that pushes this genre to new heights." Brevik left his previous gig at Gazillion Entertainment in January of this year to start working on "other opportunities." What could the constellation mean? In sidereal astrology, Libra covers Ocotbr 16 to November 15, the latter dates agan covering BlizzCon.

To add to the mystery, Brevik and former exec Bill Roper were both at Blizzard at the same time earlier this month. Also, back in July, Blizzard had been looking for a game director for an unannounced Diablo project.

Granted, this could all be a wild goose chase designed to get more eyes on the first day of BlizzCon 2016. There are not any substantial panels planned for the Diablo series, but that doesn't mean that we might not get a teaser trailer and a promise of more info later.

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    October 17, 2016 7:03 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Diablo 4? Blizzard offering hints to die for

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      October 17, 2016 7:24 AM

      dont forget the tshirt!

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      October 17, 2016 7:26 AM

      Noooope not getting excited again... Blizzcon last year was so disheartening for people like me hoping for another D3 expansion. If it is D4 its probably like 15 years away from release anyways.

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        October 17, 2016 7:28 AM

        They need to re-cash in on the Warcraft movie, no? especially if they make a 2 and 3.

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        October 17, 2016 7:30 AM

        Maybe I'm misremembering, but I thought that blizzard said there would be 2 expansions for D3. I'd be surprised if they skip to 4, but whatevs, I'll eat that shit up!

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          October 17, 2016 7:41 AM

          They did but it has been far too long for another expansion at this point. That would be a disappointing announcement.

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            October 17, 2016 7:53 AM

            I'm not sure Blizzard actually ever formally confirmed two expansions for D3, just that leak of a schedule that showed a possible second expansion for D3.

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              October 17, 2016 7:56 AM

              Im pretty sure they did say around the time of the original release that there was going to be 2 expansions

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                October 17, 2016 7:57 AM

                Really? I must have missed it. I knew that leaked schedule mentioned it but I didn't realize they confirmed a second one formally. TIL!

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                October 17, 2016 8:30 AM

                They did not. They did so for StarCraft 2, which may be what you're remembering. But that's the only time they've ever announced future expansions along with the initial release.

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                  October 17, 2016 2:23 PM

                  Hmmm are you sure?? Because I seem to remember a Jay Wilson(lol) interview saying they were targeting 2 expansions for D3

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      October 17, 2016 7:35 AM

      Dont get your hopes up. It will be a Hearthstone or Overwatch hats thing.

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      October 17, 2016 7:42 AM

      How they gonna do a Diablo 4 before a new Warcraft RTS

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      October 17, 2016 7:43 AM

      IMO its time for a diablo 4. wash away all the stains of D3 and get it right from the start this time. D3 became an OK game eventually, but never a really great game like it should/could have been.

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      October 17, 2016 7:45 AM

      I thought they announced awhile back they are working on a new MMO

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      October 17, 2016 7:52 AM

      i would rather see a single new overwatch hero than diablo 4

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      October 17, 2016 7:54 AM

      Don't play with my heart like this, Blizzard.

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      October 17, 2016 7:56 AM

      warcraft 4 or bust

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      October 17, 2016 7:56 AM

      Unrealistic wishes:

      Warcraft 4

      Diablo or Starcraft universe MMO. Something untraditional

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        October 17, 2016 8:09 AM

        They have got to be working on a MMO no? Wouldn't they be crazy not to? I know they are still riding on WoW, but a sequel of sorts seems like a no-brainer to print money.

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          October 17, 2016 8:11 AM

          I would think so. It would probably be new ip wouldn't it?

          I can't imagine it would be diablo, it seems too close in theming to Warcraft. Though, I think the next diablo will be much closer to an mmo style environment, with arpg gameplay.

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          October 17, 2016 8:48 AM

          Overwatch was their mmo. They cancelled it and made overwatch.

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            October 17, 2016 9:16 AM

            So you think they completely gave up? They're just not gonna make a sequel to the most profitable game of all time?

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              October 17, 2016 9:30 AM

              Why make a sequel though? They are doing great with the expansions and updating the engine.

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                October 17, 2016 9:50 AM

                I'm going with the assumption that there are millions of people like me who are not interested in expansions and want a fresh game. I haven't touched WoW since 2004ish but if there was a new MMO from Blizzard they would have my money.

                Maybe it's a wrong assumption.

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                  October 17, 2016 9:51 AM

                  I agree if it was a completely different MMO. WoW2 seems like something they would never need to do because the expansions cover it nicely.

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                  October 17, 2016 10:00 AM

                  Your assumption I'd call into question is that the transient MMO market is worth pursuing for a company that already owns the #1 MMO.

                  Sure, there's a large-ish demographic of people who will buy an mmo and play it for the first 1-3 months then shelve it. We see that every time a new MMO comes out, so that market is fairly well known and understood at this point. The question is whether or not it's worth the expenditure for Blizzard, and whether or not their developers are sufficiently interested in working on it when they can just try something new in the next WoW expansion.

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                  October 17, 2016 10:12 AM

                  The MMO market is completely different now. It'd be a huge risk.

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              October 17, 2016 2:45 PM

              If you listen to the reasonsing as to why they gave up from interviews etc. It sounds like they don't want to be 'the mmo company'. WoW numbers are way up again (still early new expansion), but I think that's probably enough MMO for them for now.

              That's not to say a blown-out Diablo 4 with a lots of mmo-like hooks in it won't show up. That has been the natural progression of that franchise since even before they did Diablo 3.

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          October 17, 2016 2:51 PM

          giant MMOs are pretty much dead and for good reasons

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      October 17, 2016 8:01 AM

      I think we'll see something in between a traditional arpg and mom. Persistence to a degree, but less people at a given time.

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      October 17, 2016 8:06 AM

      The clues are out there... look, more hidden footprints!

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      October 17, 2016 8:20 AM

      Playing D3 again lately and I'm surprised there's no option to pay to get more storage. I usually don't buy DLC, but I would totally pay for that. Or take it even further, give us a "castle" area where we can hang all our shit. Diablo is all about the loot, so let us accumulate it in a neat way if we want to.

      Castle DLC : 14.95$ for basic storage
      Class add-on to hang all the set pieces of a given class : 7.95$

      Completely optional, you can also just salvage everything.

      The alternative right now is to carefully manage which piece is not worth keeping and which piece is. It's anxiety-ridden and not fun. Right now we're at the end of a season and everyone has to figure out which pieces to keep and it feels like work. It's a chore.

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        October 17, 2016 8:58 AM

        This game came out before blizzard had really mastered microtransactions. Before heroes and before hearthstone. The D3 auction house was a disaster. So they probably just decided the idea of selling other items and features was a bad one. I'm kinda glad they didn't go that route.

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          October 17, 2016 10:07 AM

          D3 in China is F2P has microtransactions. I'm not sure why they didn't translate at least the stash tab option over to the other regions.

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            October 17, 2016 10:11 AM

            I'm not sure if China ever had a real money auction house and how it might have been received. I don't think they ever had one. I could be wrong tho. I just think after the USA anger over the AH, blizzard just decided to not bother with future micro trans. I think it was for the best.

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        October 17, 2016 2:25 PM

        Can't you unlock more stash tabs each season by doing the season journey stuff?

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          October 17, 2016 3:05 PM

          Ya you can get some stash place this way. People who play a shitload of Diablo might disagree, but getting that reward is actually pretty hard unless you're a dedicated player.

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            October 17, 2016 3:27 PM

            I don't know the requirements because I stopped playing the game around the time that stuff was introduced, yet I'm also not sure why anyone but a dedicated player would really need all that extra stash space.

            Not saying more space for all wouldn't be nice, but at some point I realized I was hoarding a lot of items for multiple characters for no reason. It was always stuff I'd save thinking I'd use at some point later, but I'd never touch it in the end. It's freeing to go in and dismantle all of those items, plus the real draw of the game is in finding new items. I really only need enough space for my current gear and maybe the side set stuff I'm looking for at any time.

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      October 17, 2016 8:55 AM

      Diablo 4, but you play as any of the Overwatch heroes.

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        October 17, 2016 2:14 PM

        Diablo 4, where you play as any of the mobs trying to stave off the invading Nephilim. Start as any low level monster (quill rat, zombie, etc) and have the choice to level up (special traits) or shift to a new monster type. Raid and/or raze villages, gather mana across multiple players to summon a greater demon, etc...

        Then offer a F2P mode where you can login via web or smartphone app to play as the expendable heroes. Random quick fights against the monsters of another timezone.

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      October 17, 2016 9:15 AM

      very highly doubt there's going to be D4 anytime soon

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      October 17, 2016 9:20 AM

      Even if they are working on it, or something else. Blizzard time = release date sometime in 2036 (which will still be before the next new Tool album)

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      October 17, 2016 9:22 AM

      I wouldn't be surprised if they just called it Diablo. And kept iterating on it like Warcraft, Overwatch or Hearthstone. That model seems to be doing well for them

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      October 17, 2016 9:27 AM

      Damn I hope so. I am ready

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      October 17, 2016 9:38 AM

      Looks like Brevik isn't in after all.

      https://twitter.com/davidbrevik/status/788044433388208129

      #fakehype

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        October 17, 2016 2:20 PM

        Wow, that was highly coincidental timing for his original tweet (and his visit to Blizzard...).

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      October 17, 2016 2:32 PM

      that would be a great idea. the MOBA is going well, Overwatch, WoW... seems like this is the game that needs major polish - to the tune of a full new release.

      Make co-op looting and crafting great again.

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      October 17, 2016 2:53 PM

      Just give us an updated D2: LOD with perhaps another act please