Although the latest cinematic trailer for Diablo 4 is as dramatic as they come, this is not necessarily what we’re used to when it comes to Blizzard’s long-lived franchise. We’re used to a game that feels no need to justify itself or the player’s actions and that’s exactly what you can expect from Diablo Immortal.
Sure, there will be a brief cinematic introduction to the game, but beyond this, we foresee a lot of hack-and-slash, some intense cross-character cooperation, and many, many (many!) slaughtered demons. Like most players, we love the Diablo series for the soothing experience of endlessly killing bad guys, looting, and then killing some more. We anticipate that Diablo Immortal will follow the same pattern.
While waiting for more updates from Blizzard, we’ve put together all the things we know so far about the game. If you’re also excited for its release, we think this information might quench your thirst… for a little while, at least!
1. The Release Date Might Be Closer than You Think
Although Diablo Immortal was first announced by Blizzard in 2018, we were never actually given a release date to look forward to. At Blizzcon 2019, we got more information about the current state of the game’s development, but those in charge could not be pressed to provide more substantial information about when the game would actually be ready to play.
Two years later, we now find ourselves in more or less the same situation. We’re dying to try out the mobile version of the Diablo we know and love, but we still have no idea about when the game might be released. If Blizzard is trying to create immense hype and anticipation around Diablo Immortal, they’re certainly good at it.
Yet just a few months ago, during Activision’s Fourth Quarter Earnings call, it was revealed that Diablo Immortal is set to enter “early regional testing” by the middle of 2020. Seeing as there is no reason to believe that Diablo 4 or any other major Blizzard game will be released this year, it’s a good time for the mobile version of Diablo to finally hit the Play Stores.
Activision also reported that they were making good progress on development and that the feedback from internal testing was, so far, “encouraging”. We certainly feel encouraged by the statement!
2. Skills Will Be Even Cooler
Having learned that the Diablo franchise is headed for a mobile release, most fans were unsure what to expect in terms of gameplay changes. From what we’ve seen so far, one thing is certain: Blizzard is doing its very best to keep the same Diablo feel alive throughout the new game, even if the platform is different. And there’s more.
Heroes’ abilities will gain a whole new dimension in Diablo Immortal, which will allow you to interact with other players in innovative ways. Indeed, it seems that some skills will interact with one another for additional DPS. For example, the Wizard will be able to freeze an enemy, then throw a ray of frost at it and blow it to bits, thus damaging every other nearby opponent. We expect Blizzard to introduce cross-class interactions as well, so get ready for a lot of coordination with friends and a whole bunch of theorycrafting.
3. There Are Currently Two Trailers for the Game
Back in 2018, Blizzard released two trailers for Diablo Immortal and, even at that stage, the game looked absolutely phenomenal for a mobile release. If you want to get on board the hype train, watching the two videos is the easiest way to do it.
One of them will introduce you to the brief, but satisfying story of the new game: humanity – represented by a few brave warriors of different abilities – is threatened by hordes of demons that you and your friends must kill. It doesn’t get simpler, better, or more Diablo than this. The second, gameplay trailer will all but confirm the main premise of the game while giving you a fairly extensive look at what combat will feel like.
At Blizzcon 2019, a third video was released showing the game’s current state of development. A bunch of cool, new features were added at the time, including new areas, legendary items, and class ultimates.
4. More Players Will Be Able to Form a Single Team
We already know that Diablo Immortal will be an MMORPG, but we have to take a closer look at both trailers released back in 2018 to see exactly what this means. In previous Diablo games, for instance, players could group up in teams of 4 to face unique challenges such as difficult dungeons and bosses.
Diablo Immortal will likely take this to the next level. In fact, if we are to trust the information we have so far from the devs, up to 10 players will be able to join a single team in what will likely be one of the most epic MMO experiences on mobile platforms. We couldn’t be more excited about this and a few other gameplay changes proposed by the devs over the years!
5. You’ll Be Able to Play Classes You Know and Love
Six classes were announced so far for Diablo Immortal, including Barbarian, Wizard, Demon Hunter, Necromancer, Monk, and Crusader. We don’t know much about their specific playstyles just yet, but given that all of these classes were playable options in Diablo 3, we expect that they will feel very much like their predecessors.
At the same time, we’re curious to see how these characters will transition to the mobile platform, since some of their abilities will require changes for improved player control. In fact, we feel more or less the same curiosity regarding all aspects of Diablo Immortal.
From the moment the game was first announced, Blizzard has been reassuring players that this will be an entirely new Diablo world with new dungeons, new items, and new enemies, all adapted to the mobile platform. This is a tall order that the devs have set for themselves and we can’t wait to experience the end result.