So we already knew that a new Diablo game of some sort has been in development since about 2017, and that BlizzCon’s annual fan expo would probably be the time to reveal what it is.
And it was, kind of. But Diablo Immortal is also not what everybody expected, and now it is war between Heaven, Hell, and an avenging host borne furious and implacable upon the leathery wings of internet wrath.
To put this into some perspective, Blizzard more or less confirmed in October already that a Diablo… something would be at BlizzCon, but not Diablo 4.
“These are very exciting times—we currently have multiple teams working on different Diablo projects and we can’t wait to tell you all about them . . . when the time is right,” the studio explained on its blog. “We know what many of you are hoping for and we can only say that ‘good things come to those who wait,’ but evil things often take longer. We appreciate your patience as our teams work tirelessly to create nightmarish experiences worthy of the Lord of Terror.
“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.”
Emphasis is mine, but, I mean, it’s not exactly ambiguous. Or maybe it was, because when Blizzard announced over the weekend that Diablo Immortal is the other thing, and that it’s a mobile game, people got mad.
The debut trailer has almost 400,000 dislikes on YouTube, Reddit declared it “the biggest scam in gaming history”, and some guy at BlizzCon even asked the developers if this was some sort of elaborate joke.
Oh, oh, oh. And this grim harbinger of the end times.
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— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) November 3, 2018
Now me, I’m not into a Diablo mobile game. So I won’t buy it, and instead, I’ll wait for the inevitable Diablo 3 sequel which is obviously also in production and so it doesn’t even matter, anyway. Your turn, kids.