Diablo Immortal – Release Date, Classes, Gearing, and Everything Else You Need to Know About Blizzard’s New Game
Diablo Immortal is almost here and, despite the mixed reactions it received when it was first announced, which essentially forced Blizzard to start working on Diablo 4 alongside it to appease the hardcore fans, you can basically feel the hype in the air surrounding this upcoming release. And if you’re among the countless excited fans, we really can’t blame you! We’re complete suckers for all things Diablo ourselves, and a new game to enjoy while waiting for the next mainline release might be just the thing to tide us over.
With all that being said, however, and with the release date being just around the corner (it launches just this next week!), we wanted to write a recap piece of sorts where you can find everything you need to know about Diablo Immortal prior to its launch. From its formal release date, to the different classes and gearing systems, to the variety of game modes, currencies, and questing mechanics, we’ll be talking about everything that Blizzard has revealed about Diablo Immortal in anticipation of the game’s launch.
Diablo Immortal Release Date
First and foremost, the question most of you will be wondering about if you’re reading this article is the release date. And as luck would have it, the release date for Diablo Immortal is very soon; in a few days, even! This game is scheduled to release on Android and iOS, as well as on a beta version for PC this coming June 2nd.
If you’re interested, you can even preload the PC version through the Blizzard Battle.net launcher. Otherwise, make sure to mark the date on your calendar if you don’t want to miss a beat when this game releases. Alternatively, you can pre-register for Diablo Immortal on its Play Store page to get a notification when it’s available in your region.
Diablo Immortal Classes
Despite having plenty of different classes from the past games in the franchise to draw inspiration from, Diablo Immortal will be launching with a very conservative six classes:
- Barbarian: Masters of martial arts, Barbarians are powerful fighters proficient with a variety of weapons. They charge into battle unleashing mighty roars that can inspire allies as well as instill dread in the hearts of even the most fearsome demons. These burly combatants thrive when outnumbered and engaging throngs of opponents at the same time.
- Crusader: Armed with religious fervor and their impregnable shields, Crusaders march into battle to purify the wicked and bring about the end of hell’s legions. These fighters can channel holy power into their flails to smite opponents, or at least heavily damage them. Moreover, with their powerful shields at their side, they can reliably play defensive roles such as tanks, while keeping their allies safe from harm.
- Monk: Specializing in unarmed fighting, Monks utilize lightning-fast strikes to dazzle their foes and destroy them before they can even react. And while classes like the Barbarian and the Crusader are all about maximizing their defenses to survive brutal attacks, Monks specialize in evading to avoid harm altogether.
- Demon Hunter: Armed with her trusty crossbows and assortment of ranged skills, Demon Hunters, as their title implies, are specially trained to destroy all sorts of evil beings that can spawn from the jaws of hell. These lethal fighters offer valuable burst damage, making them unparalleled at defeating bosses and other tough enemies.
- Necromancer: Why put your life on the line when you can have your armies of skeletons and golems do it for you? Necromancers can raise corpses into their loyal servants and send them to do their bidding, while pelting their enemies with weakening curses and hexes. And when the situation demands, they can channel a variety of spells revolving around the use of bones, both to protect themselves, as well as to pelt them at distant enemies.
- Wizard: Masters of the elements, Wizards rain destruction on their foes, causing unmitigated amounts of damage across a wide area. They are widely known as some of the most destructive classes in the entire franchise due to their damage potential, which is offset by the fact that they are very fragile and lacking in any sort of defensive skills to make up for it.
Though these are the six classes that will be available at launch, Blizzard has said that more classes will be added post-launch in the form of game updates. Moreover, the team has explicitly stated that some of the future classes include some that have never been in any other Diablo game before. Feel free to leave your own speculation on these upcoming classes in the comments below!
Diablo Immortal Basic Gameplay
From what Blizzard has shared and shown in their gameplay trailers and updates, we can safely infer that Diablo Immortal is going to follow the same gameplay formula. That is, players choose their class and then run around the world engaging hordes of monsters, picking up currency and loot and slowly leveling up while collecting better gear to enhance their stats.
The gameplay itself is similar to other games in the franchise, except with a UI heavily streamlined towards mobile devices. In fact, just by looking at it, Diablo Immortal looks like most action RPGs on the platform, with the character movement controls on the left, and the combat actions like attacking and using skills on the right. The gameplay loop itself might also be reminiscent of other titles, since you’re basically going to be running from zone to zone following the main quests, while also completing alternative content on the side in order to unlock new things, farm more gems and gear, and so on.
As players collect more gear, their appearance might also change slightly to reflect the quality of their garments, though most of the significant cosmetic changes will undoubtedly come from in-app purchases which, as you guessed it, can only be acquired by spending real money.
Is Diablo Immortal Going to be Free?
As mentioned just now, while Diablo Immortal will have microtransactions, these will mostly be limited to cosmetic items and other objects that can be obtained by playing the game regularly, given enough time. Moreover, even with non-cosmetic in-app purchases, the team at Blizzard insists that the game is not “pay-to-win” and that the items that can be purchased don’t give players an inherent advantage over others.
With that being said, Diablo Immortal will have three main types of currencies: The first is simply gold, which is obtained by defeating monsters and completing quests, and is the most common form of currency. The second type of currency is Platinum, which is rarer than gold, but can still be obtained by completing special tasks, though you can also get it by purchasing it with real money. And lastly, Eternal Orbs is the only type of currency in Diablo Immortal that is exclusively purchased with real money, and can be used for purchasing Platinum, battle passes, crafting and upgrade items, and cosmetics, to name a few uses.
Diablo Immortal Questing and Exploration
From the game footage that we’ve seen so far, Diablo Immortal will have players accepting quests and also completing them to earn rewards as well as learn more about the ongoing events in the world. And while those of you keen on the lore will definitely want to blaze through the quests to learn about the current state of Sanctuary, others might want to take their time to explore and grind, as well as to get familiar with the skills of their respective classes.
Nevertheless, while there are many main quests to follow, players will eventually unlock side content like bounties, which are a series of daily quests that can be completed to obtain useful rewards. These bounties are both a good way of progressively gearing up and upgrading your characters, as well as a method for catching up if you ever fall behind due to not being able to play on a daily basis. This is because while bounties are limited to a specific number per day, these allowances carry over to the next days, giving players some wiggle room if they aren’t unable to play for a few days.
Diablo Immortal Gearing System
It seems that Diablo Immortal will be following the same gearing system as its predecessors, at least when it comes to the rarity of items. In this sense, players will begin with common gear and will be able to find uncommon and rare pieces early on. However, as the player reaches further into the game and the difficulty increases, it’ll be possible to find legendary and artifact items of the highest quality.
All of these items can be enhanced and refined to further increase their stats and the special bonuses they confer, a process that costs valuable upgrade items. Moreover, in some cases, these items can have sockets in which you can attach gems and special decorations that confer even more bonuses. These gems, just like with other pieces of gear, can also be combined to increase their effectiveness. In this sense, the key to getting stronger in Diablo Immortal is not only by leveling up, but by collecting the best gear and fitting it with the best possible gems you can find. And when it comes to upgrading and refining your items, the battle pass will be one of the prime sources of materials for this task.
Speaking of which…
Diablo Immortal Battle Pass
As a new feature to the series, Diablo Immortal will feature a battle pass, which itself is divided into two different tiers: a free tier, and a premium tier. This battle pass, divided into these two categories, consists of 40 free ranks and 40 premium ranks, each of which will award players with a variety of valuable rewards that committed users won’t want to miss out on.
The Diablo Immortal paid battle pass will cost $5 to unlock, though players can opt to pay an extra $10 to get a headstart on the first 14 ranks and obtain a variety of rewards up front.
Diablo Immortal PvP and PvE Game Modes
From what we’ve seen so far, aside from the main story quests and content we’ve been mentioning, Diablo Immortal will have PvP content in some areas, where players can freely engage against other players on the battlefield. Aside from these areas, however, there will be a couple of game modes dedicated exclusively to PvP:
- Battleground: 8v8 fights where the team that manages to defeat their foes is declared the winner. Simple, straightforward fun.
- Cycle of Strife: The main selling point when it comes to the PvP feature in Diablo Immortal. This mode consists of two factions, the Immortals and the Shadows, competing to complete specific objectives on the battlefield. The Immortals are tasked with storing valuable treasures in vaults, while the Shadows are tasked with breaking in and stealing them. However, before the fight begins, Shadows can organize themselves into several different Dark Houses and fight against each other first to determine the ultimate Dark House. The winning house can then send out 30 Shadows to fight against a giant empowered Immortal player, with the surviving Shadows then becoming Immortals in the next round.
With Diablo Immortal releasing in just a few days, this is just a sample of what you can expect to find in Blizzard’s new entry in their action RPG franchise. What are your hopes and expectations for this game? Leave us your thoughts in the comments below!