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Activision Takes a Major Financial Hit After Diablo Immortal Reveal Backlash

09 November, 2018, 03:44 | Author: Rafael Roberts
  • Blizzard to Make Mobile Games for All of its IPs

Blizzard enthusiasts and the whole gaming community are embracing some pretty impressive news today. Even Nintendo used this tactic past year, showing nothing more than a logo for Metroid Prime 4 after announcing the 3DS remake Metroid: Samus Returns - and we haven't heard anything about Metroid Prime 4 since then, but fans at least know it's coming.

At BlizzCon, Blizzard announced an all-new Diablo game for mobile devices called Diablo Immortal. And, with this move from Blizzard, a lot of fans were upset and angry. The studio even used similar phrasing as Blizzard's mobile game announcement, touting Blades as a full Elder Scrolls experience and talking about how far phone technology has come. You can purchase the standard version or the Spoils of War edition that unlocks special in-game content for the other Blizzard titles.

Despite Immortal featuring a narrative that many have been asking for, with it set to bridge the large gap between Diablo 2 and Diablo 3, long-time fans of the franchise weren't pleased with the mobile-exclusivity. Diablo: Immortal was a massively disappointing reveal for me too, and it's one that felt borderline tone deaf to a primarily PC community when given the spotlight at BlizzCon - an event that historically caters to Blizzard's most dedicated fans - without even a casual mention of what else might be coming.


Blizzard Interactive is working on mobile titles across all of its intellectual properties, according to executive producer Allen Adham.

While the Diablo Immortal announcement at BlizzCon seems to be hogging the limelight, Blizzard also announced the release window and some details regarding their release of World of Warcraft Classic. "Adham goes on to say, "... we'll have information to share on those in the future".

The new statement was made in response to news outlet Kotaku reporting that the fourth entry in the dungeon crawling series was originally scheduled to make its presence known at BlizzCon 2018, which took place in Anaheim over the past weekend. I won't be surprised to see more big titles make the transition to the platform, just like Diablo, they'll either be mega hits, raking in a ton of cash or ultimately kill a franchise dead.

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