Friday, 16 November, 2018

Blizzard Working on Multiple Mobile Games

Diablo 4 has been in the works for four years now but developers still feel that the current state is not something they would reveal Blizzard denies pulling Diablo 4 announcement from BlizzCon 2018
Katie Ramirez | 09 November, 2018, 03:42

Some of them are with external partners like Diablo Immortal.

The four main franchises of Blizzard are Warcraft, Diablo, StarCraft, and Overwatch. After all, you can't exactly make a financially successful game if nobody wants to play it. Blizzard showed it off in style, with two big trailers, a dev on stage breaking it down, and a Q&A panel usually reserved for that year's biggest reveal immediately after. There's going to be ongoing support.

Pete Stiwel, in charge of the division Blizzard's Classic Cams has announced that the game will be available at the end of the next year, i.e. 31 December 2019.

Microsoft had a similar moment at E3, announcing the Gears POP! mobile game right before Gears 5.

The announcement comes shortly after the debut of "Call of Duty: Black Ops 4", which was released in October and posted initial sales figures that appeared to fall short of some analyst expectations, while others were more bullish on strong engagement trends.

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How do you feel about mobile gaming? "And taking a game like Diablo onto that platform in a way that is really reflecting our quality standards, I think can open that franchise and other franchises to a global audience, including people who don't have PCs".

The partnership with NetEase, analysts added, "signals that Blizzard seeks success in western and eastern markets, with gameplay elements for core enthusiasts and the previously-uninitiated". "It's very important that we release the game, and it's an excellent experience when it is released".

GameSpot went hands-on with Diablo Immortal at BlizzCon, and editor Alessandro Fillari was surprisingly impressed by the game in this early stage.

While I've moved on concerns about a lack of a Diablo 4 or a Diablo 2 remaster announcement, this response from Blizzard doesn't take onus for miscalculating their reveal nor upsetting their fans.

Part of the outcry from the community was due to resources being dedicated to a mobile title, despite much of the work coming from a partnership with developer NetEase.

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