More than 40 minutes of Diablo IV footage has apparently been shared online.
As seen and shared by Reddit user iV1rest0the footage consists of two tracks, one lasting 5 minutes and the other 38 minutes.
It’s not yet clear who leaked the footage and why it was shared, but a discussion that can be heard in the shorter video implies that whoever recorded the footage was not the person playing the game .
Instead, it appears that the player streamed their footage online – likely via Discord – and that others viewed it.
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The video contains numerous watermarks that say “Private Test Build” along with an ID number that probably makes it easy for Blizzard to determine who streamed the footage and act accordingly.
While it is not clear how the person gained access to the game, one theory being shared is that it may be related to the ‘friends and family’ alpha test in progress since last month. As such, the streamer may be related to a Blizzard employee.
What is clear, however, is that the footage now being leaked was recorded by someone else watching them play.
As the shorter video begins, one person (whose voice is distorted) can be heard asking another: “Are you watching Skye? Now look at Skye.”
“Why do we watch Skye? What is he playing?” asks the second person, who then realizes what is being streamed. “It’s not Diablo IV,” they say in apparent disbelief.
“It is,” replied the first person.
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As the footage continues to play, it becomes clear that the people watching the video don’t know the streamer. One viewer asks “who is this person”, while another replies: “I don’t know, but I’ve been watching for a while.”
“So, was it coordinated or did he just jump in here and start streaming it?” asked one viewer.
“Just jumped in,” replied the other.
This is the second major apparent leak of a major game in 24 hours, following Sunday’s enormity Grand Theft Auto 6 leak. However, the big difference is that Blizzard has already shown Diablo IV footage in the past, while GTA 6 was previously unseen.
Footage of Diablo 4‘family and friends’ alpha was also shared last month before it was taken down. However, this footage only showed character customization, game creation, and the difficulty selection screen, rather than actual gameplay.