Blizzard Entertainment, the developer of popular video games such as Starcraft, Warcraft, Diablo and Overwatch, has announced its second mobile game called Diablo Immortal. The game will be available on both Android and iOS. and iOS
Diablo Immortal, which Blizzard is developing in collaboration with NetEase, takes place between Diablo II: Lord of Destruction and Diablo III. Leading the invasion of Sanctuary is the demon Skarn, Herald of Terror and Diablo’s most powerful lieutenant, who commands a new demonic army. Skarn plans to collect the fragments of the corrupted Worldstone and use these fragments to resurrect Diablo, reigniting the eternal conflict between angels and demons.
According to Blizzard, six customizable character classes will be available in Diablo Immortal – Barbarian, Crusader, Demon Hunter, Monk, Necromancer, and Wizard. The massively multiplayer online game will feature an authentic action RPG “hack and slash” gameplay with intuitive controls that are designed for mobile. Players can participate in dynamic events in the Sanctuary, join and leave groups, and team up with other players from all over the world for a “living, breathing, and constantly evolving experience.”
Diablo Immortal will constantly introduce new storylines, loot, character classes, and challenges which you can experience alongside your friends. Blizzard has promised to introduce social features that allow you to connect with your Battle.net friends.
Diablo Immortal is currently available for pre-registration on Google Play and will soon be available on the App Store. After you pre-register, you will receive a notification on your device when the game is released. You will also have the chance to participate in future beta tests, receive news and special offers from Blizzard, and earn exclusive in-game rewards. There’s no word yet on when the game will be released.
Reception from hardcore Diablo fans, however, has been mostly negative. A quick glance of Blizzard’s YouTube videos of Diablo Immortal shows a disproportionately large number of dislikes, with one user commenting that Blizzard “is killing the franchise.” It’s understandable why long-time Diablo fans would hate seeing their favorite game being ported to mobile devices, but video game developers like Blizzard might see the need to cater to mobile gamers to stay in business.