At BlizzCon 2018, Blizzard unveiled Diablo Immortal, a mobile-exclusive installment to the hellish hack and slash dungeon crawler series. Sadly, lots of fans didn’t like what they saw because before the event, rumours swirled that one of the 'multiple' Diablo-related projects was Diablo 4, and would have been announced then and there. Despite Kotaku’s sources saying that Diablo 4 was intended to be shown off, Blizzard doubled down and stated it ‘didn’t pull any announcements from BlizzCon.’
Yet, the latest copy of German magazine GameStar has an advertisement for an upcoming Diablo artbook. The advert claims it features ‘over 500 artworks from Diablo, Diablo II, Diablo III and Diablo IV.’ It is available to pre-order on Amazon Germany and is written by Jake Gerli with contributions from senior Blizzard writer, Robert Brooks. Amazon Germany has possessed omniscient powers in the past, as a listing for a Fallout Legacy Collection appeared there before Bethesda officially announced the bundle of classic and new Fallout titles.
It is possible that ‘Diablo IV’ refers to Diablo Immortal in this case. It is the fourth game in the Diablo series, even if fans are loath to acknowledge that. However, the artbook is primed to arrive after BlizzCon and would drum up excitement and enthusiasm rather effectively. Then, Overwatch streamer Metro took to Twitter to stir up speculation. ‘For anyone who cares, Diablo 4 and Diablo 2 remastered will also be announced,’ they casually commented. I wager that lots and lots of people care, but also must proceed with caution.
BlizzCon begins on November 2 so we will have to sit tight and see if these sightings come to fruition. If it does, it may be overshadowed by the planned protests to be held at the convention resulting from Blizzard’s Hong Kong controversies.