Update 2: Kotaku’s Jason Schreier, who broke the original story, has subsequently said that while a Diablo 4 tease featuring Blizzard co-founder Allen Adham does exist, his original report that it was going to drop at this year’s BlizzCon may have been off.
“What’s in dispute here is the timing,” wrote Schreier. “We had originally reported that it was planned for BlizzCon, but it’s possible that those plans were simply discussed and never solidified. (Either way, the video never happened). We can confirm that Diablo 4 is indeed in development.”
Update: A representative for Blizzard responded to IGN’s request for comment, saying, contrary to today’s earlier Kotaku report, that the company “didn’t pull any announcements from BlizzCon this year or have plans for other announcements.”
Blizzard’s statement also confirmed what the company has said before in that multiple unannounced Diablo projects are being worked on.
Blizzard’s full response to IGN reads:
Original story follows:
Following Blizzard’s Diablo: Immortal announcement from BlizzCon 2018, which led to an immediate negative response by fans, Kotaku reports that Blizzard’s original plan was to release a tease for Diablo 4 at the end of their announcement.
However, the plans to tease Diablo 4 were reportedly pulled last minute.
According to Kotaku, two people familiar with Blizzard’s plans said after the announcement of Diablo: Immortal, a video was going to pop up in which co-founder Allen Adham would tell the audience that Diablo 4 was in development.
Those familiar with the situation said the Diablo team wasn’t ready to commit to an announcement, since Diablo 4 has changed immensely over the past four years.
Blizzard reportedly changed their BlizzCon announcement plans for Diablo within the past couple of weeks, as they wrote on a Blizzard forum in October their plans for announcing Diablo projects, “When the time is right.”
In August, Diablo Associate Community Manager, Brandy Camel, said they had numerous Diablo projects that were being worked on.
“Some of them are going to take longer than others, but we may have some things to show you later this year,” Camel said.
The release of BlizzCon 2018’s panel schedule added more speculation, as Diablo was given the first panel slot on the main stage, having fans think that would lead to a big announcement.
Diablo 4 has been long awaited by fans, as Diablo III launched in 2012, with the most recent expansion in 2017.
While we wait for more confirmed Diablo news, check out all of the news and trailers we saw at BlizzCon 2018.
Jessie Wade is a news writer for IGN. Follow her on Twitter @jessieannwade.