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.
Yes. You read that right. The action RPG franchise's first mobile game is also coming to the PC.
On June 2, Hell is everywhere.
📱 iOS & Android
💻 PC Open Beta
— Diablo Immortal (@DiabloImmortal) April 25, 2022
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.