It has been over six years since the long awaited debut of Diablo 3 in May 2012, and now the next major addition to the Diablo family could be just around the corner.
August 8th, Blizzard released a video with Associate Community Manager, Brandy Camel stating:
“The forges here at Blizzard are running hot. We have multiple Diablo projects in the works.”
“Some of them are going to take longer than others, but we may have some things to show you later this year.”
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
First off, this is a confirmation of more things to come in the Diablo franchise, with the last major expansion to Diablo 3 being Rise of the Necromancer, which was released June 27, 2017, there was no official confirmation of what is next in the series. Now we know officially that more Diablo is coming.
Secondly, the use of plural phrasing is key to multiple things happening. I think it is safe to say that many Diablo players assume that in some way Diablo will find a way to not be truly dead and that he will be at the heart of the ruination of the world once again.
SEASON 14, THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS AND THE ROAD MAP TO THE NEXT DIABLO.
Season 14: The Season of Greed is the first themed season in the series and Blizzard confirmed that they will indeed continue the idea of themed seasons by stating “Season of Greed is our first themed season and we plan to explore addition themes in the future.” I believe that the Season of Greed is the beginning of the Seven Deadly Sins themed seasons that will finish up new content for Diablo 3.
Stay with me here as this is a little thick. Each season thus far has been around three months. If the new themed Season of Greed is any indication of things to come, the Seven Deadly Sins would make a very logical way to end the series. The six remaining sins of Lust, Gluttony, Sloth, Wrath, Envy and Pride are the perfect Diablo 3 themes to build new quests and loot around. We can expect a new season, or sin around every three months, which would seemingly deliver around 21 more months or just under two years of new content left. I think Blizzard would possibly build out one more season as a final hurrah to the series, after that the game would go on maintenance mode as we would look forward to the next installment of the Diablo franchise.
Camel closed the announcement video with welcome words to my Diablo-loving ears “Diablo is and always will be part of Blizzard’s identity and we can’t wait for the future.” Diablo is here to stay so all of you die-hard fans, myself included, have nothing to worry about when it comes to the future of the Lord of Terror.
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