Last week Travis Day spoke on the same live stream that brought us that great Wyatt Cheng interview. The stream is run by ArchonTheWizard, and Travis joined him for nearly two hours of chat. Travis had a *lot* to say, answering dozens of questions, chiefly about the upcoming itemization changes, but also touching on skill issues, class balance, his development time working on World of Warcraft, and much more. There is a very interesting information mentioned on the ladder mode will once again return to the Diablo games, Travis express it is very possible, and Diablo 4 will meet with players in the soon future!
Ladder seasons some day?
Travis: Everyone keeps asking about this! It’s something we talk about. It’s possible someday. One of the things I want is for Diablo 3 to remain playable for the long term, even after we’re not working on new updates anymore. It’s like D2 where there was hardly anyone working on it long term. Like, 5 years from now we’ll probably not be releasing new content patches for Diablo 3. We’ll have moved on to working on Diablo4 or whatever.
Ladders work very well for that. They keep the game fresh and reset the economy for people who want to opt into it. That’s great, but it does come with some baggage. But we probably want to have that one day, but I don’t know when we’ll do it or how it’ll work.
Oh, I just said Diablo 4. Okay, I’ll break news and you that someday in the future, there will be a Diablo 4. It’ll probably be twenty years from now. *laughing*
The time gap between Diablo 2 and Diablo 3 was a little over a decade, but this wasn’t because they were working on Diablo 2 for 10 years, but because they didn’t really start making Diablo 3 until 2003. To make matters worse there were several hurdles that came in the way of Diablo 3 which stalled it for such a substantial amount of time.
When it comes to a Diablo 4, provided Blizzard doesn’t have any more substantial staff changes, or shutdowns, they should finish it in sometime around 3-6 years. While this may not sound like a joyous amount of time to wait, it’s worth it in order to play another game as great as Diablo 3.
If we’re lucky, it might not take that long, as they may have been working on it for a year or two already. With Blizzard it’s difficult to really know when and how they work on games, and for all we know it might be ready to ship in a year or two. Until then we’ll just have to wait and see how things unfold..For more information about game check out