Blizzard has formally confirmed that the primary – and seemingly solely – developer livestream for Diablo 4‘s Season 3 shall be happening subsequent week. There was initially some confusion as to the precise date, as a result of the developer put out a really temporary teaser video for Season 3 that recommended extra shall be revealed on January 16.
However that is not truly when the developer replace shall be happening. As an alternative, the present will not occur for 2 extra days – on Thursday, January 18, making this the closest to a brand new season we received earlier than studying something about it.
So what’s truly occurring on January 16? Properly, that is unclear. The teaser video itself, which we have embedded beneath, has virtually nothing to supply. It virtually looks like Blizzard needed to get one thing on the market as gamers’ worries concerning the lack of communication grew.
Season 2 ends on the identical day Season 3 begins, January 23. This has all the time been the best way Diablo 4 has completed issues, which initially lead some to imagine Season 3 had been delayed, given that we might gotten so shut and not using a lick of latest info.
Here is the Season 3 teaser in query, launched in a single day:
The developer stream, however, shall be happening on Thursday, January 18 at 9am PT, 12pm ET, 5pm UK – a bit sooner than ordinary for these streams. That is additionally going to be the primary of these to be hosted out of Blizzard’s Albany studio, reasonably than the primary Blizzard campus in Irvine.
As you’d anticipate, the stream will element all the brand new gameplay options coming with Season 3, high quality of life updates, in addition to the recent Season Journey. The Gauntlet, the brand new aggressive, leaderboard-driven endgame dungeon, may even be additional detailed.
On the sofa shall be recreation design supervisor Daniel Tanguay, quest designer Madeleine James, and lead class designer Adam Jackson. Jackson will particularly cowl the category updates coming with the brand new season. Affiliate director of group, Adam Fletcher, shall be internet hosting.
With the timing of the developer stream, and the lack of know-how thus far, one can not help however ponder whether Season 3 shall be meaningfully greater (and even simply as large) than Season 2. The earlier season was revealed weeks upfront, and Blizzard made an enormous deal about so a lot of its options effectively forward of time.
I assume we’ll should see whether or not or not our fears have been misplaced on Thursday.