That's my guess too. Shadowlands 2020, overwatch 2 2021, D4 2022 - the three biggest franchises in active development with a 3 year release pipeline makes investors happy.
Nah, it’ll be shadowlands - D4 - then Overwatch 2. They said at blizzcon that overwatch 2 was “still early in development”, whereas D4 had a demo and tons of content to release. Not to mention anything they have in-house that they weren’t ready to showcase. I also don’t see a big deal of releasing both in the same year being 5-6 months apart.
You're really clinging to them saying they don't want to repeat D3's release, but it seems you're forgetting Diablo 3 originally began in 2000. It took them 12 years and a complete revamp / start over to make Diablo 3.
D4 won't take 12 years, but you're likelier to have a golden comet smash in your backyard then get a D4 release in two years. What we saw was barely fit to be called pre alpha.
Blizzard said they didn’t want D4 to take as long as D3 from its official announcement-to-release, not from original planning to release. It was only 4 years. Announced in June 2008 and released in May 2012. So we can know blizz wants to take ‘a lot’ less than that. So a good guess would be around 2-ish years. And the super accurate “leak list” on Reddit also puts the release date as end of 2021. So we know blizz hopes to. As do I. So I’d rather stick with the assumption there won’t be any massive screw ups and it comes out on time. *awaits golden comet*. >_<
D4 is quite literally years away. At least three is my guess, closer to 4 most likely. What we saw is pre alpha. 2020's blizzcon most likely will show us at least 1 of the remaining classes to be announced, probably both. 2021 Blizzcon will either show the 2nd, or just the rest of the systems they decided on. Might get some beta news after, and if we're lucky a launch sometime late in 2022. 4
Well first of all, 2022 is only 3 years away, not 4. It’s the end of 2019... lol. And second, considering blizz specifically said they don’t want it to be like D3’s development, Which was released 4 years after its announcement, only because it had major development issues. Best guess is D4 will go into closed beta sometime in 2021 and if all goes well, be released end of that year.