Blizzard has reportedly acquired the ownership to the domain Diablo3.com. According to reports, this shouldn’t be taken to mean that Diablo 3 is indeed in development. My take? is there any freakin doubt that Blizzard will not make Diablo 3? In my mind, It is only a matter of WHEN, not IF.
The fan site known as Diablo3.com will be now known as DiabloFans.com as Blizzard now owns the rights to the domain. Considering the fact that Blizzard conceals all of its secrets in a lockbox guarded by demons, the company is denying that this is confirmation for the next Diablo game. Blizzard said it acquires domain names all of the time. The immensely popular action RPG debuted in January 1997 and was followed by Diablo II and two expansion packs, Diablo: Hellfire and Diablo II: Lord of Destruction. Although there have been many Diablo clones in recent years, it has been nearly eight years since the last Diablo game came out.
Diablo3.com will continue to run as a fan site until the group transitions over to DiabloFans.com in the coming months. Blizzard’s last major game announcement came in the form of StarCraft II, announced at Blizzard’s 2007 Worldwide Invitational, the 2008 Blizzard Worldwide Invitational is approaching and will happen in Paris, France, from June 28 to 29.
Diablofans speak out:
It’s funny, I’ve had so many offers over the years from people who wanted to pay a lot o’ cash for the diablo3.com domain name and I wasn’t even willing to consider then. I set out to have a great Diablo fan site because I simply loved the Diablo series. Fortunately, with the help of some great people on the staff and fans like you, we accomplished just that. But when Blizzard came around asking for the domain, I was excited about it both as a Diablo fan and for their recognition of all the work we’ve put into the site. Fortunately for us, the diablofans.com domain name was available and it fit perfectly in line with the intentions of this site, so I registered it and here we are. Diablo3.com will still be active for a few more months so everybody can have a chance to get used to the new Diablofans.com domain. After that, it will simply point to the Blizzard.com homepage… at least until they’re ready to use it for something more worthwhile. One of the nice things about the new diablofans.com domain is that it’s all-encompassing. Instead of the site just being for people waiting on Diablo 3, it can serve as the main hub for *all* current and future Diablo games. Isn’t it nice to know you’ll always have a place online you can call home? Hey, even Diablo’s demon minions need a place to hang their hats too.