Diablo Immortal: release date, trailer and news Jun-19-2020
While Blizzard announced Diablo IV to Blizzcon this year, it also dropped a lot of information about Diablo Immortal. Immortal will combine the feel of a Diablo game with the added benefit of MMO experience - all on mobile. Not only will the game be a full Diablo game, but there will also be plenty of extras. It will also be the first complete Diablo game designed from A to Z and played on a mobile device.
What is Diablo?
Diablo is a Blizzard franchise-based game from Sanctuary around the world. In previous games, hordes of demons have fought to collect loot and defend Worldston's devastating fragments.
Diablo: The immortal takes place between the events of Diablo II and III and puts you in the role of a hero, joining forces with other factions and even other players to eliminate Diablo II's destroyed invasion force. One of Diablo's most powerful assistants, Skarn is collecting the demons that invest the Earth, and your job is to stop them.
What kind of game is Diablo Immortal?
Like almost all Diablo games, Immortal is an equal sized MMO game from above where you break through hordes of followers, use magic and maybe win the day. What's different about Immortal is that it is fully designed to work on phones and will also feature a large multiplayer computer, making Diablo Immortal more than an MMORPG game of the typical mobile experience.
Blizzard assures us that the game will still feature a great single-player story, but Diablo Immortal also wants to be a true MMORPG game, with features like shared social spaces, four-player dungeons, legendary looting and even guilds. Blizzard seems to hope that this approach will make monetization easier with the game as the content will continue to grow over time.
What are the lessons?
Like all good games of its kind, there are plenty of chapters to choose from. So far, Blizzard has revealed that there will be six chapters in Diablo Immortal:
Barbary: It is likely that the first degree will be for many players, the barbarians will likely be a class that depends on powers, and they will use relentless and powerful weapons to take out enemies. Attacks like the old hammer and old spear will help clean enemies quickly and efficiently.
Monk: Monks focus on precision in Diablo Immortal and use lightning fast attacks that are strongly focused on movement and speed.
Magician: Magicians are all about magic and you have a wide variety of mysterious skills, including a meteor attack, a lightning explosion and a teleportation power on the battlefield.
Demon Hunter: The Demon Hunter is another class that will use long-range attacks and use crossbows to shoot down enemies. Players can expect to learn many crossbow attacks, including skills that can stun and knock down enemies.
Al-Sulaibi: This category seems to be closest to Paladin in the game. The crusaders carry shields and try to eliminate all possible evil. Blizzard has not yet announced the types of attacks expected for this exact chapter.
Necromancer: This was the last chapter announced for Diablo Immortal, so not much information is available yet. According to Blizzard, they will "use their powers of life and death" to transfer the fighting to every enemy they have.
Each category has four options, each of which will be different and unique. The rows will also be able to use the maximum possibilities, increasing the specific powers that the characters already possess. According to the company, the current plan is that each class has 12 unlockable skills, while players can use five simultaneously while playing.
Is Diablo Immortal free to play?
It is currently unknown whether Diablo Immortal will be free to play, although it is. Blizzard has not officially revealed how Diablo Immortal is available to players, so it's unclear whether it will be free, will be free with microtransactions, or will cost a one-time fee(Diablo Immortal Gold). Given the initial response from the game and how other mobile games work, it is very likely that Diablo Immortal will be available to play at launch.
However, during BlizzCon 2019, Blizzard said that he has not yet discovered exactly how to make money from the game, so you will have to wait a little longer to see how much (if any) it will officially cost. Are there accurate transactions? We first focus on building a great Diablo game. However, we know that the business model is at the forefront of many people and we take the time to correct it.
Judging from the quote above regarding the exact transactions in Diablo Immortal, it's pretty clear that Blizzard is fully aware of how a bad IAP ecosystem can negatively impact your game's long-term performance. Right now, Blizzard says all the good things that make us feel that these exact transactions won't be terrible, but it's important to wait and see how Diablo Immortal handles the exact transactions at the right time.
Accurate transactions should go on a thin line to be attractive enough for you as a player to buy and not get out of balance by adding a pay-as-you-go scenario. Just dropping a cash load and becoming the strongest neighborhood champion can destroy multiplayer games, so we hope Blizzard will think about this when deciding how to implement them in the game.
What is the control system?
Since Diablo Immortal is a mobile game, it makes sense that it has on-screen buttons for its operating system. You can see in the GIF above that it is not too annoying which is a good thing if you are using a smaller phone although it can get in the way of the action. You can see the right thumbstick disappears almost completely when not in use, which is a nice touch, although all attack icons take up the most space. We hope Blizzard will add console support and on-screen buttons. Most phones are compatible with different consoles these days and the gaming experience will be much better if you can see more of the game instead of icons.
What is the release date for Diablo the Immortal?
Blizzard has not released details about the release date of Diablo Immortal. However, during the Activision Blizzard profit call for the fourth quarter of 2019, the company revealed that Diablo Immortal is expected to undergo a regional test in mid-2020. Aside from the fact that the game is already available for pre-registration on Android devices, it wouldn't be too surprising to announce the release date is sooner rather than later.
Earlier this year, during a recent investor call, Activision announced that Diablo Immortal's alpha test is scheduled to begin sometime this year. Although no exact information has been provided on when it will happen, but as we are about to enter mid-year it may be sooner rather than later. The company also reported that "good progress" is being made in the game, and although BlizzCon 2020 has been canceled, we will likely see some information about the game in the coming months.
As the first mobile title with a Diablo world and a completely ambitious project in its own right, Blizzard will likely spend some extra time making sure everything works as intended while the launch actually takes place. As phones become more powerful and the money can be made by playing mobile games well, Blizzard wants to make the most of the money.