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Diablo IV May Have Been Leaked Via German Art Book Ad

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Diablo IV has been hotly anticipated, though last year's disastrous Diablo Immortal reveal, as well as the controversies surrounding Blizzard due to their handling of their banning of Hearthstone Pro blitzchung after his pro-Hong Kong statements might have doused that anticipation a smidge. However, with Blizzcon coming up the first weekend in November, one of Blizzard's announcements may have been leaked early.

Per the German site, GameStar, the recently distributed German magazine has an ad insert which talks about an upcoming Diablo art book, slated to release one day after Blizzcon 2019. The ad references Diablo IV, stating when translated, "over 500 artworks from DiabloDiablo 2Diablo 3 and Diablo 4," according to Polygon

When translating the GameStar article via Google Translate, the magazine claims that the ad wasn't directly from Blizzard, rather it came from the art book's published, Panini. They do mention that one Blizzard's in-house senior writers, Robert Brooks, is listed as one of the two authors. 

This wouldn't be the first time Diablo IV has been referenced as being in existence. Rumors circulated last year that Blizzard pulled a Diablo IV trailer at the last minute. Originally reported by Kotaku, they can confirm a video was made, but not that it was meant for Blizzcon 2018. 

Either way, it's entirely possible to see Blizzard officially announce Diablo IV at their annual conference this year, which likely will be an interesting one thanks to all of the current controversies and protests going on around the gaming giant. We'll be in attendance at Blizzcon and will definitely be reporting on all the games and events at the show. 


Joseph Bradford

Joseph has been writing or podcasting about games in some form since about 2012. Having written for multiple major outlets such as IGN, Playboy, and more, Joseph started writing for MMORPG in 2015. When he's not writing or talking about games, you can typically find him hanging out with his 10-year old or playing Magic: The Gathering with his family. Also, don't get him started on why Balrogs *don't* have wings. You can find him on Twitter @LotrLore