When Blizzard's sole Diablo announcement at this year's BlizzCon turned out to be a game for phones, it set off a firestorm of angry reactions from fans who had hoped for a new Diablo on PC. Others were concerned Diablo Immortal is being created in a partnership with NetEase, whose games are known for pushing gamers to buy digital items with real money.
As well as "Diablo Immortal", a mobile version of classic action franchise "Diablo", video game developer Blizzard announced new content for "Overwatch", "Hearthstone" and "Warcraft" at Blizzcon 2018, while "Destiny 2" goes free until November 18.
But for reasons unknown, the plan changed a couple of weeks prior to BlizzCon, and the Diablo 4 reveal was scrapped. For most of the weekend, Diablo fans raged online as a result, expressing their anger on YouTube and various forums.
Blizzard qualified its statement by saying it wouldn't be announcing everything it had in the works. The fan backlash against the game was strong enough that Activision Blizzard's stock price was impacted. 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". His investigation turned up information that stated a video was recorded in which Blizzard Co-Founder Allen Adham spoke to fans about a new Diablo project. "We do continue to have different teams working on multiple unannounced Diablo projects, and we look forward to announcing when the time is right". The video may never see the light of day, but if we're to believe Kotaku's sources, it should be a comfort to angry Diablo fans that the game they all want is indeed coming.
Diablo III launched in May 2012, and its first and only expansion, Reaper of Souls, followed in March 2014.
"Since I was producer on Diablo 2, a lot of people have been asking for my thoughts on the whole 'Diablo Immortal' fiasco".
Fortunately, game development isn't like dating, because if it were Blizzard might consider calling the whole thing off.