Last night, BlizzCon 2018 kicked off with the opening ceremony. It wasn’t until right at the end of the ceremony that Blizzard turned to the franchise we’ve all been waiting to hear from and announced a new Diablo game. The new entry into the franchise isn’t exactly what most fans hoped for, but instead, a mobile experience called Diablo Immortal.
Quite honestly, it was a bit disappointing sitting through two hours of the opening ceremony to get some Diablo news in the form of a Massive Multiplayer Online Action RPG. That’s what Blizzard is classifying their new Diablo game as, explaining that players can:
- Experience the world of Sanctuary in a persistent, always-online adventure anywhere, anytime.
- Join a worldwide community as you battle side by side to vanquish ancient evils, explore perilous dungeons, and of course, get legendary loot.
The game is “coming soon” to iOS and Andriod. You can also pre-register for Diablo Immortal right now on the official site.
So basically, a Diablo MMO that you can only play on iOS and Android devices. Blizzard notes that Diablo Immortal is being designed from the ground up to give players an authentic Diablo experience on touch-screen devices. This is done through “intuitive actions, gestures and touch controls” so players can be in full command of one of the six hero classes. Blizzard even claims that players will be able to “slay endless hordes of demons as effortlessly as you would with a controller or keyboard and mouse” but that is, in my opinion, a very bold claim.
Diablo Immortal is a brand-new story and experience. The game’s story takes place between the events of Diablo II: Lord of Destruction and Diablo III after the Worldstone was shattered. Check out the cinematic story trailer below, then some key features of Diablo Immortal and a gameplay video right at the end.
Unique Zones & Dungeons
From the peaceful town of Wortham to the jungle island of Bilefen and the ancient Library of Zoltun Kulle, each zone in Diablo Immortal has new challenges to master and familiar faces to see. Will you choose to help Valla and her teacher in the Shassar Sea, or delve the tomb of Fahir, an ancient disciple of Akarat? Or storm the Countess’ Forgotten Tower and stop her dark reign once more? The possibilities are many. The choices are yours.
Massively Multiplayer Action in Your Pocket
Meet other demon-slayers as you wander Sanctuary, and join them to take on deep, treacherous dungeons. Visit vast social hubs like Westmarch and conduct business with local merchants before setting off on your next adventure. Drop in or out of groups easily and engage in dynamic events all over the world, teaming up with other heroes as you take down Skarn’s minions – and reap powerful rewards.
Explore the sprawling streets of Westmarch in a time before Malthael’s corruption. The city is always bustling with activity as visitors from all over the world come to marvel at its sights, enjoy its landmarks, and more. Westmarch is where you can meet all your adventuring needs. You’ll have access to your stash and vendors, but more importantly, it’s the place to meet fellow travellers, relax and take a breather.
Zero in on Your Enemies
Directional controls make it easy to move around in the world; demolishing the denizens of hell is as easy as holding down your thumb on a skill from your hotbar to aim it, then releasing it to unleash hell. Quickly access potions for a gradual health refresh, and equip recently looted items with a single tap on your screen.
Skarn, Herald of Terror
The demon known as Skarn, Herald of Terror – once Diablo’s most powerful lieutenant – is rallying a new demonic army. Skarn intends to gather the fragments of the corrupted Worldstone and use them to resurrect Diablo, reigniting the Eternal Conflict between angels and demons. Skarn is not the only one hoping to seize the window that’s been opened by the Worldstone’s destruction; a fledgeling Coven is at large, and dark cultists roam the land, spreading corruption wherever they go.
Ancient Horrors Born Anew
Several choice demons from Diablo II, like the sickening beasts known as Vile Mothers – complete with their razor-sharp claws and deadly spawn – and many other familiar and all-new enemies will come to life in Diablo Immortal. Stay tuned as we reveal more details… and beware what lurks in the shadows.
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