The Diablo hype train has been on full speed ahead with the hopes of either a Diablo 4 announcement or a Diablo 3 expansion announcement at BlizzCon. With David Brevik and Bill Roper being at Blizzard HQ last week rumors had started that maybe they are helping out with whatever is next in the franchise. The David Brevik tweeted this a couple days ago:
For 20 years, Diablo-like games have evolved & surprised us. I'm proud to be the adviser for the game that pushes this genre to new heights. pic.twitter.com/LIT3i0UwJv
— David Brevik (@davidbrevik) October 16, 2016
That of course got the hype train in full speed ahead mode leading many to speculate that he will be helping Blizzard out on the next Diablo project and that BlizzCon is going to have some crazy announcement this year. However, as I noted when this happened, he did not specify what game or studio he was advising. With the hype train going full speed ahead though, many Diablo fans and fansites missed that point and decided to go full steam ahead in their speculation that this is obvious that he’s talking about Diablo since he was JUST AT Blizzard HQ.
This ended quickly as David Brevik and Bill Roper both took to twitter today to calm the masses
— David Brevik (@davidbrevik) October 17, 2016
Lots of speculation about my coming back to Blizzard to work on the Diablo franchise. Would be an honor but just rumor. Thanks for the love!
— Bill Roper (@BillRoper) October 17, 2016
So what does this all mean? Well, they’re not working on Diablo. Bill Roper isn’t coming back to Blizzard. David Brevik is advising for a Diablo like game but doesn’t specify what game or studio – however, keep in mind, that doesn’t mean he’s NOT advising for Blizzard.
But whatever he is working on, Blizzard or not, and whatever Blizzard is going to announce, people need to calm down and get their expectations in check.
- No, we are not going to see Diablo 4 get announced at BlizzCon 2016 (if there even is a Diablo 4 in the works).
- No, we are not going to see Diablo 3 Xpac 2 get announced at BlizzCon 2016 – and honestly, we will likely never see another expansion for Diablo 3 as the team has moved on to an unannounced project.
- No, we are not going to see Diablo 2 HD get announced at BlizzCon. If anything Diablo 2 happens, it might make it available for free on Battle.net (or whatever they’re calling it now) as Blizzard will likely push their classic games onto that platform.
Instead, you are likely going to get a feature rich patch 2.5 which will have some things in it to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the game. Go in expecting that and no more, and you won’t leave BlizzCon feeling disappointed.