Now Diablo 4 test footage has leaked online
Over 40 minutes of gameplay shows combat, quests, and the map.
It seems GTA 6 (opens in new tab) wasn’t the only game to suffer a major leak (opens in new tab) yesterday. A few hours after Rockstar’s highly anticipated sequel spilled online, around forty minutes of Diablo 4 test footage also leaked onto the net, showing off gameplay of Blizzard’s upcoming ARPG.
pcgamer : Spotted by Reddit user iV1rus0 (opens in new tab), the footage appeared in the form of two videos uploaded to files.fm, one roughly five minutes in length, and the other around 38 minutes long. Unlike the GTA 6 leak, which appears to be the result of a hack, the Diablo 4 leak has seemingly stemmed from a private Discord stream, which was recorded by one of its viewers.
In the footage, you can hear Discord notifications popping off in the background, while the first video includes a conversation between two viewers with modulated voices, presumably in an attempt to conceal their identities.
The first viewer urges the other to watch a user called “Skye”, asking “Are you watching Skye right now?”, after which the second viewer attempts to guess what game is being played, with guesses including a new Witcher and “Skyrim 2”.
More than 40 minutes of Diablo IV footage has been seemingly shared online.
The video contains numerous watermarks that say “Private Test Build” along with an ID number which likely makes it easy for Blizzard to determine who streamed the footage and take action accordingly.
videogameschronicle : While it’s not clear how the person obtained access to the game, one theory being shared is that it may be related to the ‘friends and family’ alpha test which has been ongoing since last month. As such, the streamer may be related to a Blizzard employee.
What’s clear, however, is that the footage now being leaked was recorded by someone else watching them play.
As the shorter video starts, one person (whose voice is distorted) can be heard asking another: “Are you watching Skye right now? Watch Skye right now.”
“Why are we watching Skye? What he is playing?” asks the second person, who then realises what’s being streamed. “This is not Diablo IV,” they say in apparent disbelief.
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Why Diablo 4 joins GTA 6 of footage leaks?
You’re no doubt already familiar with the massive Grand Theft Auto 6 leak that took place over the weekend.
While the situation is still ongoing, it’s not the only game to have suffered a rather sizeable leak recently.
metro : In the wake of the GTA 6 news, footage from an early build of Blizzard Entertainment’s Diablo 4 has made its way online. Although it’s nowhere near as significant as the GTA 6 one, it’s still over 40 minutes of gameplay, showing off the combat and menus.
Two videos – one lasting roughly five minutes and another that’s about 38 minutes – were anonymously uploaded with zero context for where they came from.
However, it’s speculated that the footage is taken from a private alpha test restricted to just friends and family of Blizzard employees. Most likely the same one that saw a much smaller leak last month.
People can be heard talking over the footage (albeit with their voices distorted), but their conversation suggests they aren’t the ones playing and are instead watching someone else stream it.
It’s not clear whether they actually know the person playing, since one of them says ‘Are you watching Skye right now? … Watch Skye right now.’ Another, however, asks who the player is and is told ‘I don’t know but I’ve been watching for a while.’
Whatever the case, this leak isn’t anywhere near as malicious as the GTA 6 one, which was the result of a hack. What’s more, the individual responsible has said they’re looking to strike a deal with Rockstar Games, no doubt hoping to make some money out of the whole thing.
As for the Diablo 4 leak, a link to it was shared by Reddit user iV1rus0, who appears to have only found the footage and not uploaded it.
Diablo is an action role-playing dungeon crawler video game series developed by Blizzard North and continued by Blizzard Entertainment after the north studio shutdown in 2005. The series is made up of three core games: Diablo, Diablo II, and Diablo III.
Diablo 4 will launch on PS5, Xbox Series X, PC, and last-gen consoles in 2023. Although Microsoft (and thus Xbox) now owns Blizzard’s parent company, the sequel has been confirmed as a multiplatform title with no known timed exclusivity deals on Xbox.
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