BlizzCon: Is Realms of Evil The Next Diablo Game?
Occasionally, a game will get leaked ahead of its official (and often carefully planned) announcement. This may happen through classification board ratings, job listings, and sometimes, it can happen through merchandise. Earlier this week marked the beginning of BlizzCon’s merchandise pre-sale, allowing fans to purchase exclusive plushies, apparel, and collectibles from all of their favourite Blizzard titles. But has Blizzard accidentally spoiled one of their BlizzCon reveals ahead of next month’s convention?
Among the exclusive gear, you will find Murloc slippers that MRRRRGL when stepped on, a skater dress inspired by WoW’s Darkmoon Faire, and a beautiful Hearthstone keepsake box that lights up and even plays the Hearthstone theme when opened. Overwatch fans will recognise a highly-demanded plush of Pachimari, the half-onion, half-octopus Japanese toy found in Hanamura’s many (and often hastily destroyed) claw machines.
But perhaps the most intriguing product available is this simple Diablo III t-shirt, which carries the name “Realms of Evil”. The dramatic name, coupled with the updated Diablo logo on the shirt has not gone unnoticed by the community, with Wowhead’s TradeChat suggesting the possibility of a new expansion in Diablo’s future.
The Diablo team has been quiet of late, with no major announcements for the series since the 2014 release of Reaper of Souls, Diablo III’s first and only expansion pack. However, roughly a year ago, Blizzard advertised development positions for an “unannounced Diablo game”. Many fans speculated on what this project could be, with the possibility of a Diablo III expansion, a potential Diablo IV, or a remaster of the first and second games from the series.
Currently, Blizzard is advertising for the role of a User Interface Designer to work specifically on Diablo III. While this could be primarily to do with maintenance of the game, it does support the theory of a new expansion for this title. Other job listings available for the Diablo team are vaguer, with the promise of working on “all things Diablo” and “all Diablo games”.
Realms of Evil could very well be the next expansion for Diablo III. Or, it could be something entirely different – a virtual reality experience, a mobile version, or simply nothing more than a dramatic name for a t-shirt. All will be revealed at BlizzCon, which takes place November 4 and 5 in Anaheim, California. Aussies can watch comprehensive footage of developer panels and interviews as they happen, with the purchase of a BlizzCon virtual ticket.