Diablo Immortal finally gets a release date on mobile phones and the PC

As it turns out, the "mobile-only" Diablo Immortal is also coming to the franchise fan's most preferred platform.

After announcing Diablo Immortal in late 2018, fans couldn't help but criticize Blizzard's decision. At the time, Diablo 3 was six years old and at least 4 years had passed since the 2012 title's last big expansion. All fans wanted (and still want) was Diablo 4, and Diablo Immortal was nothing more than just an unnecessary stopgap and a quick cash-grab. To make matters worse, Blizzard had billed Diablo Immortal as the franchise's first game specifically designed for mobile phones.

Diablo Immortal is a big risk for Blizzard. Here's to hoping it pays off.

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Nearly four years later and public opinion on Diablo Immortal still hasn't changed. The good news is that Diablo Immortal finally has a release date for iOS, Android, and PC.

Yes. You read that right. The action RPG franchise's first mobile game is also coming to the PC.

According to Blizzard, Diablo Immortal is coming out on June 2 and will feature both cross-play and cross-progression on all platforms at launch. The free-to-play MMORPG will also support controllers and keyboards on the PC. The supposedly mobile-only Diablo game will explore a relatively blank period following the events of Diablo II: Lord of Destruction and Diablo 3. Blizzard confirms that Immortal is online-only and will have live-service elements that the studio describes as a "living, breathing, and constantly evolving experience."

In a blog post, Blizzard explains the rationale behind the decision to bring Diablo Immortal to the PC.

As it turns out, Blizzard knew players would "attempt to play [Diablo Immortal] through an emulator." Instead of having Diablo players go through hoops, the studio just went ahead and brought Diablo Immortal to the PC. It's a smart move knowing that even skeptical Diablo fans will at least give Diablo Immortal a try if only to keep themselves busy until Diablo 4 comes out. If nothing else, this should make Diablo Immortal more attractive for the franchise's very vocal and dedicated PC fanbase.

As Activision tries to deal with the constant criticism and legal troubles, Blizzard is trying its best to douse the fires. In addition to Diablo Immortal, Blizzard also confirmed that it is working on a mobile World of Warcraft game, a brand new survival game as well as one more secret project. This is all on top of Overwatch 2 heading into closed beta on April 26, internal testing on Diablo 4 finally beginning, and Lich of the King coming to World of Warcraft Classic along with the main MMORPG's latest expansion.

We're curious to find out how Diablo Immortal will link the events between the Diablo 2 and 3.
Ray Ampoloquio
Ray is a lifelong gamer with a nose for keeping up with the latest news in and out of the gaming industry. When he's not reading, writing, editing, and playing video games, he builds and repairs computers in his spare time. You can find Ray on Twitter.
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