Blizzard has told us that there will be no big Diablo III News coming at Blizzcon 2014. The fact that only two Diablo 3 panels are scheduled for the show, and the small play area were obvious hints, but today we’ve got official confirmation. In an email to media attending the show (that’s us!) the “can’t miss” panels are noted, and none of them are for our game. Nothing in the email says it’s confidential info to press, so I guess it’s okay to share this publicly:
As you plan your BlizzCon coverage, please bear in mind that there are several developer panels at the show that we feel you won’t want to miss. These panels will cover key game information that your readers will definitely want to know.
Friday, November 7
Yes, that’s the complete list. Nothing big for WoW the game, but of course the next expansion comes out the week after Blizzcon. So the only Bliz franchise without a “can’t miss” panel or a game coming out very soon… is Diablo. 🙁
There will be some Diablo 3 news, at least, with 2 panels for our game, and we’ll get news a bit like a live dev blog from the Friday panel… but apparently nothing major or earth-shaking enough to warrant inclusion on the “can’t miss” list.
Saturday 12:45 – 1:45 PST – Evolving Reaper of Souls. Explore the team’s ever-evolving design philosophies, and learn about changes now in development. Then watch the developers team up with the community to create a new Legendary item for looting in a future patch.
We’ll be at the show covering those, and we have a D3 developer interview scheduled as well, so we’ll get at least the equivalent of a few new dev blogs worth of info… but it seems very unlikely we’ll see reveals of any major new features like Arena PvP, or the second expansion.
Update: Blizzard PR sent out another email Tuesday night to all the press attending the show… and there’s a slight change to the “Can’t Miss” panel listing. Here’s the new version:
The Hearthstone panel was not listed in Monday’s email, so make of that change what you will. And you’re free to X your fingers and hope for another mail tomorrow with the Diablo 3 panel included as well…