Diablo Immortal Reveal Met With Backlash Response By Fans
Going into BlizzCon, many Diablo fans were on the edge of their seats, anticipating some big Diablo-related news. Leading the pack of theories was speculation that Diablo IIII would be announced to cap the show. Others thought a Diablo II remaster or the official reveal of the Diablo TV show apparently in the works. But what actually capped the show, was Diablo Immortal, a Diablo mobile game.
During the BlizzCon opening ceremony, Blizzard announced Diablo: Immortal, a brand-new Diablo game made exclusively for iOS and Android mobile devices, but the Diablo community has reacted extremely negatively.
At the moment of writing this, the official announcement cinematic trailer has over 183000 dislikes and less than 6300 likes (By the time of this post). In other words the like to dislike ratio leans so heavily towards the latter the “like” side is barley visible. Blizzard is removing comments on the Diablo Immortal Cinematic Trailer video.
As we said above it appears Blizzard has been deleting comments on the game YouTube trailer and even re-uploading the video. If you read the top comments, you’ll see multiple people claiming their previous comments were deleted. Further, there was even a Reddit post about it.
Whatever the case, there’s one thing that’s clear. Diablo fans at least the ones on forums, social media, and YouTube aren’t very happy with Diablo Immortal, and it appears the mobile title is doomed from the jump.
The backlash has even manifested in-person at BlizzCon, with one attendee sarcastically asking the Diablo developers if the game’s announcement was “an out-of-season April Fool’s joke.” Blizzard responded by saying “No, it’s a fully-fledged Diablo experience on mobile.”
Many people assumed the teases were for an inevitable Diablo 4 announcement, but Blizzard tried to temper that expectation a couple weeks ago. It’s easy to see why a mobile Diablo game developed by third-party studio NetEase isn’t quite what fans of the series were hoping for – though asking rude questions during a live panel is almost certainly a less constructive way to express that disappointment than disliking a video or leaving negative feedback online.
This negative response is likely fueled by long-standing rumors and expectations around new Diablo games on the way. Blizzard stated it has “multiple Diablo projects in the works” back in August, and that hype was built up further when people saw that Diablo got the prime panel spot directly after BlizzCon’s opening ceremony.
The Diablo community has also expressed concerns on Reddit related to NetEase’s past projects. One thread on the Diablo subreddit has pointed out the undeniable similarities between Diablo: Immortal and a previously released NetEase mobile game called Endless of God, saying Immortal looks like a Diablo-themed clone or reskin rather than a brand-new game.
At the moment, there’s no word of a when the game will release, but Blizzard has confirmed it won’t be coming to PC, which also likely means it won’t be shipping to consoles either.