This weekend at BlizzCon, Blizzard announced a new Diablo game for mobile platforms, titled Diablo Immortal. The announcement of the game was received with a lot of negative feedback, to say the least, to the point where the trailer was flooded with negative comments and over 257,000 dislikes on the trailer. On another panel at BlizzCon, though, Blizzard representatives assured upset fans that Diablo Immortal is not the only Diablo game that is currently in development.
Yesterday at BlizzCon, Polygon had a short interview with Blizzard Co-Founder and Executive Producer Allen Adham and Production Director Dan Elggren about the strong response to Diablo Immortal. During the discussion, Adham and Elggren repeatedly stressed that Diablo Immortal is, in fact, just one of the Diablo games currently in development at Blizzard, and they hope that fans will remain patient for future Diablo announcements.
Adham stated in the interview that “we have said that we have multiple Diablo teams working on multiple Diablo projects and that remains true, even after releasing [Diablo 3 for Nintendo] Switch and announcing Diablo Immortal.” Later the two stated again that “we still have multiple Diablo teams working on multiple unannounced Diablo projects.” They further emphasized that “Diablo is a tentpole franchise for [Blizzard]. And it always will be. We love it. We hope our fans understand what we’re saying when we say that.”
The negative response to the Diablo Immortal announcement is largely due to the fact that it is a mobile game and hardcore gamers feel that Diablo Immortal is simply a watered-down version of the critically acclaimed long-running game franchise. Fans may also be upset because they expected a more substantial Diablo announcement at BlizzCon, since the last Diablo game was released in 2013.
However, Adham is of the opinion that some Diablo fans will probably change their opinion of Diablo Immortal when they actually get their hands on it. Despite the backlash, mobile platforms for video games seem to become more popular, with other franchises like The Elder Scrolls also releasing games on mobile. We are yet to see the quality of Diablo Immortal at its release though.
Diablo Immortal will release for mobile platforms.