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Blizzard Shuts Down New Diablo Game Title Leak & Cross-Play Hopes

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Blizzard has a ton of news about where the Diablo series goes next as the video game developer debunks a rumored title and shatters those hopes of cross-play between consoles. While it's clear that something Diablo-related is on the horizon, Blizzard is saving all the biggest news for an official announcement.

The popular dungeon crawler franchise started with the original Diablo back in 1996. Since then, Blizzard has brought two main series sequels and several expansion packs to the world of Diablo. With the Diablo III: Rise of the Necromancer expansion hitting consoles and PC last June, gamers have been patiently waiting for news of a possible fourth entry.

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When a line of items appeared on the Blizzard Store and contained the name Diablo: Reign of Terror, gamers quickly deduced that this could be the name of the next game. According to GameSpot, Reign of Terror won't be the title after a Blizzard spokesperson told the site: “These are names and copy used for some of the new products available at BlizzCon this year, and not direct references to content at the show." Elsewhere, the upcoming Nintendo Switch release of Diablo III: The Eternal Collection won't include cross-play. A Business Insider article seemingly confirmed cross-play for Diablo III until Blizzard told Nintendo Life this isn't the case: "While we love the idea of bringing our players together across platforms, we do not have any plans to implement cross-platform gameplay for Diablo at this time."

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While Diablo is sure to be a talking point of November's BlizzCon, developers are keen to put some of the rumors to bed ahead of time. A “Diablo: What’s Next” panel is taking place on November 2, and although almost every Blizzard game has a similar panel, the timing of Diablo's just after the main stage keynote is enough to get fans talking.

Players already know that Blizzard is working on multiple Diablo projects at once. Aside from an animated Netflix series based on Diablo, another main series game is almost certainly one of the projects in Blizzard's pipeline. Considering Diablo III is now six years old, there has been plenty of time to let the dust settle and move forward with Diablo IV.

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Blizzard has already confessed that some Diablo projects will take longer than others, but considering Diablo III became the fastest-selling PC game of all time, Diablo IV will presumably be a priority for the studio. With the Diablo III: Eternal Collection coming to the Switch later this year, expect BlizzCon to be more than just a promotion of the title. Although the latest news isn't what everyone might've hoped for, fans will have to wait a little bit longer before they can get their demonic hands on Diablo IV.

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Source: GameSpot, Business Insider, Nintendo Life

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