All that Diablo fans really wanted at BlizzCon, after a fair bit of build up to this year’s event, was a new Diablo game. While they definitely got that, it absolutely was not the Diablo game that they wanted and envisaged.
Diablo Immortal is a new game coming exclusively to mobile, and being developed in partnership with Chinese company NetEase, but fans don’t want that, they want it on PC and console. In time-old internet fashion, they’ve resorted to a flurry of mocking and angry threads across Twitter and Reddit, as well as smashing that dislike button on YouTube.
Here’s the game in action:
It led to this particularly cringeworthy moment when, in a following Q&A session, when Blizzard’s Wyatt Cheng confirmed that the game would not be coming to PC, with a fellow developer saying “Do you guys not have phones?” over a chorus of booing.
In mildly more positive news, Blizzard have since responded to the backlash with Cheng returning to the stage at BlizzCon to give a personal statement. He said, “Before we get started I have a personal message I’d like to share with all of you. We love our community, and our Diablo community is a passionate one. Very passionate one. And we want to say that we hear you, and we have multiple projects – Diablo projects – being worked on by multiple teams. Diablo Immortal is one of those projects we’re very excited about, but there are others.”