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BlizzCon 2018 schedule hints at big things for Diablo

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What’s next for Diablo?

Diablo opens its mouth to reveal a mouth full of fire in artwork from Diablo 3. Blizzard Entertainment

Blizzard released its schedule for BlizzCon 2018, which apparently will lead with news about the future of the Diablo series.

After BlizzCon 2018’s opening ceremony, the first panel that Blizzard has planned on its main “Mythic” stage is titled “Diablo: What’s Next.” Typically, Blizzard follows up major announcements revealed during its BlizzCon keynote with a deeper look at whatever major game or expansion news it dropped earlier that day. World of Warcraft was the subject of the first What’s Next panel at BlizzCon 2017, following the announcements of World of Warcraft Classic and Battle for Azeroth, while Hearthstone took the same post-opening ceremony slot at BlizzCon 2016 with more details on the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan expansion.

The Diablo franchise was noticeably quiet at BlizzCon 2017. Blizzard even got out ahead of the show last year to say that it wasn’t going to be making any new Diablo announcements.

Blizzard definitely has unannounced Diablo projects in the works; it’s been hiring for multiple positions on the Diablo development team in recent years. The company also has a Nintendo Switch port of Diablo 3 coming. That version will launch the day BlizzCon 2018 kicks off: Nov. 2.

Polygon will be at BlizzCon 2018 to cover all the news. You can check out the full schedule for Blizzard’s annual convention at its website. Or you can join in speculating about the future of Diablo while we wait.