The reveal of a mobile game rather than a full-on Diablo 4 led to a "huge backlash" at what is traditionally a two-day celebration of all things Blizzard.
Meanwhile, Blizzard's sister company, video game publisher Activision, timed a free giveaway of sci-fi shooter "Destiny 2" on PC to coincide with Blizzcon.
Chinese internet firm Netease, already a domestic partner for several other Blizzard titles, has been involved in the development of "Diablo Immortal", which promises a faithful continuation of the "Diablo" formula. For most of the weekend, Diablo fans raged online as a result, expressing their anger on YouTube and various forums. Those sources also said that Diablo 4 is now in development, although the team isn't "ready to commit to an announcement" as the game has gone through many big changes over the last four years.
Activision Blizzard representatives didn't immediately respond to voicemails seeking comment. According to sources who spoke to Kotaku, Blizzard had meant to tease Diablo IV, which is indeed in development, but decided at the last minute they weren't yet ready to commit. The evidence has accumulated since 2016, four years after Diablo III's release on PC, and Blizzard danced around a confirmation by telling us several new Diablo projects are in the works-including the one fans "really want".
Now Kotaku is reporting that this was the original plan but for some reason the Diablo 4 announcement was scrapped only a few weeks ago.
"Some of them are going to take longer than others, but we may have some things to show you later this year", Camel said.
The community has been on a wild rampage regarding Diablo Immortal, but the company is betting that the game will be a big hit and some gaming sites had nothing but praise regarding the demo.
"Since I was producer on Diablo 2, a lot of people have been asking for my thoughts on the whole 'Diablo Immortal' fiasco".