Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Diablo Immortal isn't the only mobile game that Blizzard has planned

Diablo Immortal isn't the only mobile game that Blizzard has planned

Shortly after the event, Kotaku's Jason Schreier reported that Blizzard is actively developing Diablo 4 and that they've already recorded an announcement video featuring Blizzard co-founder Allen Adham. It certainly felt like the main course was missing from dinner after Diablo: Immortal was given top billing at BlizzCon, but it's a claim Blizzard denies - which is the equivalent of being thrown a rope to pull yourself out of quicksand, but instead choosing to light the rope on fire. It added that "While we won't be ready to announce all of our projects, we do intend to share some Diablo-related news with you at the show". After all, you can't exactly make a financially successful game if nobody wants to play it.

"I mean, I wouldn't rule anything out, but we don't have any plans around [Warcraft IV] at this point", Pete Stilwell, Blizzard's senior producer, told GameSpot.

"We feel that Diablo Immortal is going to deliver a very authentic Diablo experience, and we're not going to compromise on that mission", he said.

"Diablo was supposed to be Blizzard's first shot on goal into the big global mobile game market", Jefferies analyst Timothy O'Shea wrote noting the criticism from Blizzard's PC fanbase.

Everyone is disappointed and it's expected that this mobile game will not turn out to be a success so we will have to wait to see how Activation tackles this all.

Diablo Immortal is releasing next year and all we can do is hope it's good enough to meet the highly valued series standards. "And taking a game like Diablo onto that platform in a way that is really reflecting our quality standards, I think can open that franchise and other franchises to a global audience, including people who don't have PCs". Regarding the timing, that's something that we'll talk about as we go forward. The days of archaic arcade phone games are gone.

While I've moved on concerns about a lack of a Diablo 4 or a Diablo 2 remaster announcement, this response from Blizzard doesn't take onus for miscalculating their reveal nor upsetting their fans.

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