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Activision plummets after outrage over Diablo mobile game

Activision plummets after outrage over Diablo mobile game

In a note to investors, research firm Cowen & Company said "Blizzard severely miscalculated how their fans would respond, which suggests they aren't in touch with their players as maybe they should be".

However, that video was pulled in the last few weeks, possibly due to instability on the Diablo team.

The plan to reveal Diablo 4 at Blizzcon was apparently changed within the last couple of weeks, mainly because the Diablo team was anxious about revealing the game at this early stage. Citing two sources "familiar with Blizzard's plans", the report says that there was a video in which Allen Adham, Blizzard co-founder, talked about a new Diablo project, pretty much confirming its development.

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.

Over the weekend at BlizzCon, Blizzard announced a brand-new Diablo title for mobile devices, Diablo Immortal. One of those people told me that the Diablo team wasn't yet ready to commit to an announcement, as Diablo 4 has changed drastically over the past four years and may continue to change further.

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Now, we've known for a while that other Diablo stuff is in development - Blizzard has said that at least a couple of times.

The release of BlizzCon 2018's panel schedule added more speculation, as Diablo was given the first panel slot on the main stage, having fans think that would lead to a big announcement.

Rather than publicly address these issues, all the company did was assure its fans that multiple Diablo games are in the works.though at what point they scrap Diablo 4 or announce it officially seems to rest entirely on the company's faith in the product that aims to follow up 2012's Diablo III - good PR be as damned as the games' titular antagonist.

While we wait for more confirmed Diablo news, check out all of the news and trailers we saw at BlizzCon 2018.

Blizzard said it did not immediately have comment on this story.