Blizzard Responds to Massive Fan Backlash Over Diablo Immortal Announcement

James Marshall
November 8, 2018

However, Cheng, too, fell short of invoking the magic words "Diablo 4". As it turns out, Kotaku has learned, Blizzard had originally planned to tease Diablo 4, but pulled those plans at the last minute. NetEase develops and operates some of China's most popular PC-client and mobile games, and partners with Blizzard Entertainment, Mojang AB (a Microsoft subsidiary) and other global game developers to operate some of the most popular worldwide online games in China.

He followed up that information with: "We still have multiple Diablo teams working on multiple unannounced Diablo projects". Diablo: Immortal should hit iPhone and Android in the near future. The game has reportedly taken two wildly different directions under two different Directors.

The next expansion for the game will be Rastakhan's Rumble and we were given a great cinematic to announce the expansion. We just play games, and a lot of us play mobile games.

Some gamers had hoped the company would announce a Diablo sequel for personal computers. All of these narratives came to a head earlier today when Kotaku reported that Diablo 4 is real and was initially part of the Blizzard's BlizzCon presentation.

Activision Blizzard and NetEase didn't immediately respond to requests for comment. I think intellectual curiosity is rooted in scepticism, but when we show people the game, and people get their hands on it, play it, many people who are sceptical kind of go 'oh, well this is actually quite fun'.

Yes, Blizzard is going to actually release this cereal but whether that will extend outside of the U.S. remains to be seen.

Given multiplayer is crucial to Diablo Immortal, that's to be expected. Looking at the timeline of events, earlier this year Blizzard did seem to be building up to a bigger blowout for Diablo, which was abruptly halted as fan expectations began to climb.

Blizzard may want to rethink one of their announcements over the weekend.

Blizzard's annual fan convention Blizzcon took place over Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3, with major announcements touching on several core studio franchises in "Diablo", "Overwatch", "Hearthstone" and "Warcraft".

Oh and Lucio is the face of a new cereal that Blizzard and Kellogg's will release.

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