Blizzard took to the stage at Blizzcon earlier today to reveal Diablo Immortal, a mobile exclusive game with a story set between Diablo 2 and 3.
Now, you’d think that Diablo would fit the mobile platform perfectly right? Other developers have been creating their own Diablo clones for years and years on the mobile platform with great success (from a commercial and consumer feedback point of view).
Well, apparently not. As Blizzard devs took to the stage for a Q&A about Diablo Immortal, they were faced with question after question from mostly disgruntled fans.
One fan asked if the game would come to PC at all or if it were strictly mobile (a great question, albeit delivered with quite a condescending tone). The dev responded with the fact that it would only come to mobile only to be faced with a crowd full of boos. The dev then asked the crowd if “none of them had mobiles”.
It was another question though that was really unsettling. One fan asked if this announcement was an “out of season April Fool’s joke”. Now, it’s one thing to pop your hot takes onto Twitter, but to put this kind of question to a Blizzard representative in front of an auditorium of people, after the team has excitedly announced their new game, is downright disrespectful and disgusting.
Now sure, people are entitled to take interest on what they please, but this seems like a full Diablo experience, albeit on a mobile platform. Blizzard is promising that there will be six Diablo classes at launch (Barbarian, Crusader, Demon Hunter, Monk, Necromancer, and Wizard) as well as regularly introducing new storylines, playable characters and new challenges.
A release date for Diablo Immortal has not been set, but a beta is expected to launch either later this year or sometime in the early stages of 2019.