The release date remains unknown for Diablo Immortal, the mobile offshoot of Blizzard's popular “Hack'n Slay” series. Activision announced at the presentation of the business figures that the mobile game will be alpha-tested later this year. A playable version is approaching just as gradually as the release of Diablo Immortal. However, the game is not being tested worldwide.
Diablo Immortal test starts this year
As part of the presentation of the business figures, Activision boss Bobby Kotick also addressed the mobile game Diablo Immortal - albeit only briefly. Accordingly, the first regional tests are planned for “mid-2020”. “Regional” presumably does not include Germany: Although Kotick did not provide precise information about the regions in which the Diablo Immortal alpha test will be available, it can be assumed that the test was carried out in an area close to the developer NetEase will, presumably Asia. However, regions such as Australia or North America can also be considered as test markets.
There the first players will be able to download and play Diablo Immortal in order to give the developers feedback afterwards. Hopefully these will be more positive than those of the fans shortly after the game was announced.
At BlizzCon 2019, Blizzard showed a gameplay trailer for Diablo Immortal:
Players reacted reserved to negative to Blizzard's plans to decouple a mobile game from the Diablo series. At the time that was also due to the expectation Diablo 4 would be announced, overall, many fans consider Diablo Immortal to be a Diablo copy with the unpopular Free-2-Play model. Should the first playable version convince testers, things could smooth out. Blizzard should also hope for that and will continue to hold on to the game.
Diablo Immortal will be released for smartphones and tablets with iOS and Android. The mobile game relies on an independent story that is located between Diablo 2 and Diablo 3. Among other things, there will be new play areas in the World Sanctuary.
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Initially, wizards, barbarians, monks, crusaders, demon hunters and necromancers will be playable. Because the mobile game closes a gap between two parts of the Diablo series, the title has at least a purely story-wise right to exist.
Whether Diablo Immortal can also convince playfully, there will be an initial answer this year. When exactly the game will be released has not yet been determined.
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