Diablo 4 exists and has been shown to employees working at Blizzard Versaille, according to a new report.
Things are not looking great for Blizzard. Several high-profile departures confirm that morale is still quite low at the beleaguered game developer still struggling under the weight of laying off 30% of its staff. Meanwhile, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick is doing just fine with his pay bonus, which certainly didn’t come on the backs of working Blizzard employees (at least right up until he fired ‘em).
Combine that with 2018’s disastrous BlizzCon reveals (Diablo Immortal, anyone?) and we’re really not sure if there’s a light at the end of Blizzard’s tunnel. But if there is one, we’re sure it’s going to come in the form of Diablo 4.
We knew that Diablo 4 was in development thanks to various rumors confirming that resources have been diverted internally to work on Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4. Codenamed “Project Fenris”, all signs indicated that there wouldn’t be much to show this year and not expect anything until 2020.
However, French news site Le Monde now reports that there’s at least something being shown internally within Blizzard that is called Diablo 4.
The feature piece (which comes by way of Blizzard fansite Ice Veins) mostly deals with the struggles of Blizzard employees working in Versailles as they still try to come to grips with laying off 30% of their staff. But buried in the doom and gloom is the note that “teams at Blizzard Entertainment have already been presented with the long-awaited Diablo 4 and know that a new Overwatch game is in development.”
We know basically nothing else about the game, but we can safely assume that if there is something being shown internally then it will likely make its way to BlizzCon 2019.
Le Monde also notes that what they do have is extremely raw and there is no expectation of a completed game arriving before 2020. That’s probably for the best since we can’t imagine a quality game arriving so soon after Blizzard drastically shrunk its workforce.