Diablo Immortal Articles
It's been some time since we received any updates regarding Diablo Immortal, Blizzard's upcoming mobile-only Diablo game. But we now have word that internal company playtesting is set to begin soon.
MMOCulture is reporting that NetEase believes that its side of the development of Diablo Immortal is complete and is waiting for Blizzard to give the green light to its release. The site translated the comments made to investors during the 2018 year end call. Morgan Stanley's Alex Poon asked about the progress of the game's development: "On our side, development is already fully prepared and invested. I believe there is no issue from the side of development (with regard to launch)".
It seems that the explosive community reaction to the announcement of Blizzard's mobile-only Diablo Immortal has gone viral and even entered the mainstream. Domino's Pizza Malaysian branch recently trolled Blizzard on its Facebook page with an image of a man dressed similar to the BlizzCon attendee who asked whether or not the announcement of Diablo Immortal was an "out of season April Fool's joke". It doesn't stop at just a picture either.
In the continuing saga of one of the most viral stories in gaming, Blizzard Entertainment has responded to a rumor that Diablo 4 was intended to be announced at BlizzCon 2018 last weekend in addition to the as-yet poorly received Diablo Immortal mobile game. In and of itself, this is highly unusual as Blizzard generally ignores rumors. However, after a Kotaku story citing the rumor exploded all over the internet, the company felt it needed to respond.
According to "two people familiar with Blizzard's plans", co-founder Allen Adhem was going to announce that Diablo 4 was in the works, but not ready to show during last weekend's BlizzCon. However, it was pulled at the last minute. The rumor comes by way of Kotaku that managed to get off-the-record information from the pair. According to the two, Adham was to make his brief statement at the conclusion of the Diablo Immortal announcement, though no reason why it was removed was revealed.
To say that Diablo Immortal's announcement during BlizzCon kicked up a hellish storm of backlash is to understate the storm greatly. Many players feel that the mobile announcement without any other news for the beloved IP is showing that Blizzard is out of touch with its hardcore playerbase. To that end, we want to know what YOU think. We've set up a special poll that gives you a chance to vote your conscience and to leave us your thoughts on the subject.
NetEase took some time to speak with Chinese media about its work in partnership with Blizzard Entertainment on Diablo Immortal, a forthcoming mobile-only ARPG. Since the announcement at this year's BlizzCon, reception by the online community has been hellish, but developers are hopeful that additional development details may help ease concerns.
The Diablo team took to the stage yesterday at BlizzCon 2018 to answer fan questions, though none were centered on the controversy that the announcement of the mobile-only game has created since Friday. The team answered a variety of questions covering whether or not we'll see Mephisto in the game, if microtransactions will be present and how Blizzard plans "to stay relevant with a mobile game in a heavily PC-dominated market".