Diablo 4 looking more likely as Diablo 3 is moved to ‘Classic Game’ status

Interesting times at Blizzard are afoot.

If you've not been paying attention, the company has been courting controversy over the past month regarding ongoing issues with its treatment of a tournament winner that supported the protest movement in Hong Kong.

Blizzard's awkward handling of a player's comments (the company suspended the player, stripped his winnings and suspended two hosts who interviewed the pro-Hong Kong Hearthstone grandmaster) has overshadowed the upcoming BlizzCon show for most… but there are still people out there that are psyched for the start of the annual Blizzard celebration.

One set of fans are more hyped than most. It looks like we're going to see Diablo make a reappearance of some kind in Anaheim in November, and further events this week are only serving to pile the excitement on.

This week, a Blizzard job listing refers to Diablo 3 as a 'Classic Game'.

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No, this isn't just a way of the company saying that Diablo 3 is old – that terminology has a very special meaning in the Blizzard world.

The listing refers to three 'Classic Games': StarCraft, Warcraft 3, and Diablo 3. Whilst the other two are certainly old games at this point, Diablo 3 is still seeing active seasons and fresh content appear in game (it recently saw Season 18 arrive on the servers, for example).

By sort-of archiving the game away with the older franchises, it certainly sounds like Blizzard's focus will be turned onto something altogether more…. modern.

Diablo 3 turns 8 years old in 2020 – a ripe old age for a 'new' game – and rumours abound that Diablo 4 will replace it.

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BlizzCon could be the first time we hear about the next stage of the Diablo franchise.

Kotaku's news editor, Jason Schreier noted that this year will be a very big year for the show, with lots of important announcements due to take place.

"[…] Blizzard is planning on a lot of big announcements for this year's BlizzCon (November 1) in part to make up for the PR blowup of last year. This new debacle will no doubt overshadow that."

(He's referring to the aforementioned Hearthstone controversy there).

Last year saw the disasterous announcement of Diablo Immortal – a mobile game that appears to have disappeared into obscurity since.

Hopefully this year Blizzard will come back around and give players what they actually want: an honest-to-God follow-up to one of the most beloved series of all time.

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