Activision plummets after outrage over Diablo mobile game

Diablo-Immortal

Blizzard is famously strict regarding its standards, and it apparently felt Diablo IV hadn't yet met them. "These are very exciting times-we now have multiple teams working on different Diablo projects and we can't wait to tell you all about them. when the time is right", the company said.

After the fallout of the Blizzard Immortal announcement, it is now being reported that Blizzard were set to close the show with a Diablo 4 reveal.

Now key sources familiar with the matter give more insight on this odd decision. Of course, because no part of this story is simple, Blizzard refuted this report, stating, "we can say that we didn't pull any announcements from BlizzCon this year or have plans for other announcements".

No footage was to be shown and Diablo IV wasn't to be revealed in a proper manner, just a confirmation from Blizzard's Allan Adham. The reveal of a mobile game rather than a full-on Diablo 4 led to a "huge backlash" at what is traditionally a two-day celebration of all things Blizzard.

"I'm not against having a mobile game too, but not INSTEAD of a PC game, We've been waiting for far too long for another Diablo 3 expansion or better yet, Diablo 4", signed one petitioner. Last Friday, Diablo III also came to the Nintendo Switch. The studio has been on a huge hiring spree to ramp up development on future Diablo projects, and crafting something as big as an expansive ARPG takes monumental manpower.

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Fortunately, game development isn't like dating, because if it were Blizzard might consider calling the whole thing off.

While we wait for more confirmed Diablo news, check out all of the news and trailers we saw at BlizzCon 2018. Even still it'd be a nice bit of fan service to confirm Diablo IV's existence (even though mostly every Diablo fan knows its coming) and hype everyone up.

Morgan Stanley's Brian Nowak suggested "Diablo Immortal" could eventually have more than 200 million monthly active users, and that it could generate annual earnings of as much as $2.52 a share.

The mobile game is being handled mostly by Asian juggernaut NetEase, who is well-versed in smartphone gaming and should tailor-make the experience for multiple territories.

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