Diablo Immortal was not well received at BlizzCon
Hopeful fans gathered at BlizzCon last week expecting news of an upcoming Diablo Immortal PC game. Instead they were met with a multiplayer mobile game. While this makes sense from an economic standpoint, many die-hard fans were extremely disappointed.
The mobile world of gaming has been quite lucrative as of late. Nintendo, normally keen on selling their own hardware for their games has started releasing mobile versions of their most popular titles. Super Mario Run has made Nintendo very rich this past year.
Most of us have a smart phone capable of running complex games with 3D graphics. Tapping into that market can be really ground breaking.
The problem with Diablo Immortal is that it basically is just copying a Chinese mobile game. It lacks originality. Most of the fans were looking for a PC version, perhaps for nostalgia from the 90s.
Commenting on this reaction during the quartly call a top executive stated: “So we’ve seen some interesting reaction to the announcement. I think that it’s clear that there are a lot of players who are eager for more Diablo PC and console content. I think that came through loud and clear from BlizzCon. And frankly, we feel fortunate to have a community that cares so much about that franchise. The commitment and the engagement of our community is, I think, one of the things that makes Blizzard very special. It’s something that we really appreciate, and we like to hear the things that they articulate as to what they want to hear next and what we can do better, frankly.”
Very well said in my opinion. Here’s what the rest of the internet thought.
I laughed out loud several times while scrolling through Reddit and seeing the reactions from the die-hard gamers.
Diablo for me brings a sense of nostalgia. I remember staying up late nights with friends playing the game back in middle school. I even remember using KALI to connect with other friends via my 2400 baud modem.
It looks like the world is slowly going toward mobile. Maybe it’s time I embrace it too. I think I’m just like the rest of the fans though… I would love to see another PC release.
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