More than 40 minutes of Diablo IV footage has been seemingly shared online.
As spotted and shared by Reddit user iV1rus0, the footage consists of two clips, one lasting 5 minutes and the other lasting 38 minutes.
It’s not yet clear who leaked the footage and why it was shared, but a discussion which can be heard in the shorter video implies that whoever recorded the footage wasn’t the person playing the game.
Instead, it appears that the player was streaming their footage online – likely via Discord – and others were viewing it.
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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.
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.
“It is,” the first person replies.
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As the footage continues to play, it becomes apparent that the people watching the video don’t know the streamer. One viewer asks “who is this person”, while another replies: “I dunno, but I’ve been watching for a while.”
“So, was this coordinated or did he just hop in here and start streaming this?” asks one viewer.
“Just hopped in,” replies the other.
This is the second major apparent leak of a major game in 24 hours, following Sunday’s enormous Grand Theft Auto 6 leak. The major difference, however, is that Blizzard has already shown Diablo IV footage in the past, whereas GTA 6 had been previously unseen.
Footage from Diablo 4‘s ‘family and friends’ alpha was also shared last month before it was taken down. This footage, however, only showed character customisation, game creation and the difficulty selection screen, rather than actual gameplay.