PlayDiablo4.com redirects to Path of Exile’s website

The URL ‘playdiablo4.com’ redirects to Path of Exile’s website. Coincidentally, an alert member of ResetEra discovered this shortly after the BlizzCon 2018 opening ceremony, which was disappointingly light on news for Diablo fans.

Replies to the ERA thread are full of praise for the alternative dungeon crawler, and for its genre stablemate Grim Dawn, so there are your copes if you’re looking for something to tide you over until Diablo 4.

Rumours of a major Diablo announcement at this year’s BlizzCon have been bubbling merrily ever since nothing of substance was announced at BlizzCon 2017. A forum post before that show did suggest there would be news in the future, which is perhaps why fans seized on a job ad for “a new, unannounced Diablo project” earlier in 2018, and especially on the schedule for this year’s BlizzCon.

In the event, what we got was Diablo: Immortal. A new game, yes, but a mobile game, which Blizzard has “no plans” to bring to PC, according to Wowhead’s write-up of a Q&A earlier today.

Reception among the Blizzard faithful in the hall was tepid, while the Diablo subreddit has been more vocal in its hostility, with thread titles like “not even a Diablo 2 remaster”, and “Diablo on mobile is a slap in the face”.

Someone at the Q&A even asked “is this an out-of-season April Fool’s joke?”

Path of Exile, a free-to-play, loot-fuelled, dungeon crawling action-RPG that clearly draws inspiration from Diablo, has seized the moment. Here’s a tweet from just after the BlizzCon opening ceremony:

But Diablo fans can take heart. As anticipation soared ahead of BlizzCon, Blizzard published a blog managing expectations, in which it was announced that the studio has “multiple teams working on different Diablo projects.” Diablo: Immortal is one, and a Diablo 2 remaster is also practically confirmed – we just have to wait a little longer. In the meantime, try going to www.playdiablo4.com for a laugh.

But even on the subject of a fully-fledged sequel, there’s hope. We’ll leave you with Blizzard’s words:

“We know what many of you are hoping for and we can only say that ‘good things come to those who wait,’ but evil things often take longer.”