The information is provided by a Reddit user with the nickname Poundcake_64, who claims to have been working in the industry for 20 years.
He has collaborated with game developers many times and knows about all development cycles. In his message, he claims that Diablo 4 can be largely completed, so you can expect something big related to the brand this year. This is not necessarily a premiere, but a possible closed beta. However, this is not information from an internal source in the company, but its findings based on data from Blizzard Entertainment.
Diablo 4 may come sooner than we think
Where does the data come from? Blizzard, like many companies, uses CDN (Content Delivery Network) technology. Its essence is that the data is located in many nodes of different parts of the world, which provides faster and almost instant loading from anywhere in the world. A Reddit user claims that you can learn a lot by monitoring information forwarding.
Build the game is already in a very advanced phase. Before the premiere, Diablo 3 worked in version 0.0.1.9558, which was soon replaced by 126.96.36.19958. Noteworthy are numbers – 9558. The author emphasizes that in Blizzard the numbering ranges from 1-70000 to assigning a value corresponding to the main update. The current build of Diablo 4 works as 0.0.1.23041.
There are other signs. Blizzard began working closely with external companies. Developers test the colour palette and LED lighting with Corsair. The chat is also being implemented, and Vivox industry veteran, who is responsible for implementing communications in Overwatch, is participating in it. Poundcake_64 says that such work is not performed if the game is not at the final stage.
Rumour has it that Diablo 4 is already on Battle.net. A simple attempt to connect to the game client via the network is not possible, but the leak author reports that it is regularly used by external companies that work with Blizzard, who need a product for testing. This version of the game does not allow many characters to play and is available only for the UK and the USA. You cannot play offline and require 30 GB of disk space, Windows 7 or later.
The source notes that Rod Ferguson, one of the creators of the Gears of War series, announced the transition to Blizzard. A developer is known in the industry for his ability to correct and complete games.
Of course, investors are also providing business for Blizzard Entertainment. A company needs fast and big profits.
Everything described should be taken as a rumour.