Diablo Leak: Blizzard Raise Necromancer For Blizzcon

Diablo Leak: Blizzard Raise Necromancer For Blizzcon

Big leaks before big announcements are pretty par for the course in the gaming industry these days. That’s a little sad, in a way, but this leak has me too excited to care – because this is a Diablo leak.

Earlier in the week some concept art leaked from the Blizzard Entertainment merch store of some skeletal, dark magic-lookin’ dudes surrounded by the undead. If you’ve played Diablo, you know what time it is.

Diablo Leak - Necromancer Concept Art

Certainly looks like Diablo’s Necromancers…

Yes, that is indeed a pair of Necromancers, and the art itself certainly looks Diablo-esque, doesn’t it? Something that lends the leak some more credibility is that it came from the same server that leaked the legit Sombra art – a new character from Overwatch. Oh, and that signature is apparently John Mueller’s, art director for Blizzard.

There is essentially no question we’re going to see some kind of Diablo Necromancer announcement at Blizzcon. We’ll find out at some point after Friday, 6PM GMT, when the convention kicks off.

But speculation is fun, so speculate we shall!

The interesting thing is that the consensus was Diablo 3 would not be getting any further expansions. Earlier in the year, pretty significant rumours were going around that the second expansion Blizzard were working on had been broken down into patches. If you’ve played Diablo 3 recently you’ll probably believe that, with a huge amount of patch content being added since Reaper of Souls. Perhaps not enough to fill a whole expansion, but enough to be suspicious.

So, this is peculiar. Is this Diablo 4 or more Diablo 3? The fact that the concept art focuses on one class makes me think expansion, like how Reaper of Souls added the Crusader as a big selling point. That said, we were all convinced Diablo 3 was done a long time ago, the team having shifted around a lot internally. You’d think that concept art leaking for a brand new game in the series would be a bit more generic than just one class design.

Either way, we’ll find out on Friday when Blizzcon kicks off! We’ll be watching.

Oh, and isn’t it funny how Blizzard are just throwing fan service around these days? World of Warcraft players have been praying for playable Demon Hunters for years, and all it took was WoW losing a few million subscribers for Blizz to cave. Who knows… maybe Warcraft 4 is just around the corner?

I won’t hold my breath.

Related posts

PC Gaming Hardware Market Reaches $30 Billion

PC Gaming Hardware Market Reaches $30 Billion

The PC gaming hardware market reached in all-time high in 2016 of $30 billion, measured by the Total Available Market (TAM), which measures the entire revenue across all competitors.

AI learns how to build Super Mario levels by watching YouTube

AI learns how to build Super Mario levels by watching YouTube

An AI that can create sections of Super Mario simply by studying Youtube videos. Wow.

The Independent Games Festival Announces 2014 Finalists – News

The Independent Games Festival Announces 2014 Finalists - News

The Independent Games Festival - essentially the indie Oscars - has announced its finalists. The coveted Seumas McNally grand prize will be chosen from the following great indie titles of the year: Device 6 (Simogo) Jazzpunk (Necrophone) Dominique Pamplemousse in "It's All Over Once...

UK Government Decriminalizes Piracy. VCAP to hit 2015

UK Government Decriminalizes Piracy. VCAP to hit 2015

After many years of seemingly no progress, the UK Government has decided to scrap extensive punishment plans aimed at digital piracy. Instead, the VCAP (Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme) will be installed as of 2015. In a nutshell, this means that active illegal downloaders will receive...

Microsoft to Pitch Kinect for Surgical Use

Microsoft to Pitch Kinect for Surgical Use

It's no surprise that Kinect hasn't been the huge hit that Microsoft hoped for, with many gamers seeing it as simply a casual toy made for children. Which is no surprise given the mostly sub-par games that utilize Kinect reinforcing this stereotype. News by Jordan '@JordanVoletic'...

Google to acquire Twitch.

Google to acquire Twitch.

Google, and by extension Youtube has acquired Twitch for the tune of 1 billion dollars if reports are to be believed. According to Variety the deal will be announced immediately and will bring the streaming and video services closer together. The report also indicates that the media giant will...

Why the Snes Playstation Pictures are Fake

Why the Snes Playstation Pictures are Fake

The Snes Playstation pictures have been floating around the web recently. Here's why we feel the prototype is fake.

The Day One Censorship Controversy

The Day One Censorship Controversy

  Criticism can be tough. Whether you are a writer, painter, sportsman or game developer - having someone level criticism, especially negative, at your hard work can be hard. However, criticism is a necessary force. It protects the consumer, and it allows for media, arts and...

Zelda Wii U Gameplay First Impressions

Zelda Wii U Gameplay First Impressions

Nintendo have finally had a good couple of months; from Mario Kart 8 to Super Smash Bros, people are finally realising that the Wii U is more than just a high definition Wii. Since the absolutely stunning reveal trailer for the Wii U version of Zelda at this years E3, fans have be salivating...

Leave a Reply