Diablo 2 producers and former Blizzard employee Mark Kern said the reveal of Diablo Immortal is an example of Blizzard "not understanding gamers anymore". The analyst noted the Diablo Immortal game's release date is uncertain, given that the game isn't finished. But according to one source, because Diablo 4 has changed dramatically in the past four years, the team decided it wasn't ready to announce anything, so the video was removed from the BlizzCon proceedings as recently as October.
When Blizzard's sole Diablo announcement at this year's BlizzCon turned out to be a game for phones, it set off a firestorm of angry reactions from fans who had hoped for a new Diablo on PC.
The one positive out of the furore surrounding Blizzcon and the reveal of mobile game Diablo Immortal is that at least we did get confirmation that Diablo 4 is real, even if it wasn't quite in the way that Blizzard originally intended.More news: Rapper Mac Miller died from drugs and alcohol, autopsy finds
It seems that some folks at Blizzard wanted to clear things up a little, as Kotaku received tips from numerous sources that not only confirm Diablo 4 is in development, but that an announcement video featuring the publisher's co-founder, Allen Adham, has been made. "We do continue to have different teams working on multiple unannounced Diablo projects, and we look forward to announcing when the time is right." the statement reads. A few hours after the original report has been posted online, Blizzard has responded to it, denying that the announcement has been pulled out at the last moment.
"Some of them are going to take longer than others, but we may have some things to show you later this year", Camel said.
With no word on a fourth proper Diablo entry, Diablo Immortal felt like a betrayal of the franchise to some and a cheap consolation prize to others. In the face of this controversy, as Blizzard faces a marketing crisis, one upcoming game has already attempted to appeal to frustrated Diablo fans. One of them is the game that fans are waiting for, and it was almost announced last week. Blizzard has assured fans publicly that it has multiple Diablo games in development.