Diablo 4 Release Date News: Blizzard’s new game could be coming sooner than you think
The company’s recent Blizzcon announcement of a mobile Diablo title may not have set the world on fire, a new Diablo game, lets call it Diablo 4, appears to be in the works and outed by the Blizzard Entertainment’s career page.
The Jobs page shows nine listings for new employees on an “unannounced project” within the Diablo franchise.
You need to put two and two together because, whilst you might innitially think this would be for Diablo Immortal, the very fact that this is for an unannounced game leads credence to the idea that this is actually for a new game.
The nine jobs include an executive producer, lead character artist, and lead concept artist.
As pointed out by Gamesradar, these are all pretty important roles in the development of a new game, which suggests it might still be some way off.
However, a separate report from Blizzard seems to indicate that Blizzard might already have something to show for the game.
In a report found in Le Monde (and translated by Icy Veins), the following excerpt is of particular interest:
“Teams at Blizzard Entertainment have already been presented with the long-awaited Diablo 4 and know that a new Overwatch game is in development. But neither of these games will be released before 2020, at the very best” the report claims, before mentioning that reduced profits could impact employment at the studio’s Versailles office.
Diablo 3 was launched in 2012 and went through some big changes before becoming the pinnacle of the action-RPG genre following a tumultuous launch. Overwatch, on the other hand, launched to unanimous acclaim in 2016 and has been consistently added to with new characters.
Sequels to both look to have led to the cancellation of a Starcraft shooter that was allegedly in development, but it sounds like that isn’t all that’s amiss at the publisher.
The company announced layoffs recently to their French offices, with 134 employees expected to be let go out of a total of 450. A reminder that the production of AAA videogames seems unsustainable at its current pace.
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