On Friday night we all sat down and watched Blizzard take to the stage at BlizzCon 2018 and announce a whole bunch of new stuff. Warcraft II: Reforged, a new Overwatch hero named Ashe and Diablo Immortal.
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We were all pretty hyped about the Diablo announcement until Blizzard revealed that it was not a new game for PC or console, rather a game build for mobile phones. Right after the awesome cinematic trailer debuted, the crowd was dead silent with a few people clapping and cheering the game’s reveal. Blizzard had no idea that it was just the start of their problems.
Right now, Diablo Immortal could be the biggest disappointment of 2018 and it is only getting worse. Since the game’s reveal, social media has been blowing up with negative feedback from fans to the point where people have been posting themselves deleting Diablo 3 off their PCs to fight Blizzard’s mobile game reveal. The two trailers have also come under fire. The cinematic reveal trailer (which looks pretty cool) is sitting on 2.3 million views. Of which, it has 11k likes and a whopping 371k dislikes. The gameplay trailer is on 1 million views, 7.5k likes and 146k dislikes at the time of writing.
It gets worse, according to various Reddit threads, Blizzard has even been deleting multiple comments of the two videos with users complaining their comments have been going missing after receiving a set amount of likes. Viewers have then been commenting the same copy-and-paste comment “Hey, Blizzard. Delete this ( °͜ʖ͡°)╭∩╮” to show them that they really don’t have the power right now.
At BlizzCon 2018, attendees took to the stage to ask the real questions. One user asked Blizzard if the announcement was an “out-of-season April Fool’s Joke”. The other asked if Blizzard has any plans to release this on PC or console in which Blizzard confidently said: “we have no plans at all”. This led to boos from the crowd which led to Blizzard asking whether or not they had phones.
— Joes R. (@Jowiro03) November 3, 2018
It gets even worse. Some Reddit users have been claiming that Diablo Immortal is actually a reskin of another game NetEase worked on called Endless of God. It bears very similar art style and gameplay which almost looks identical to Blizzard’s mobile game. However, Blizzard denied this. According to IGN, while the games look very similar, they represent NetEase’s style of game which will be present in Diablo Immortal as they are working on the title alongside Blizzard.
The feedback has been a monumental trainwreck and according to Blizzard, they had no idea that this would happen.
“I don’t think mobile should be a dirty word. When it came to looking at making a new Diablo game, and this opportunity to partner with NetEase to make this – the technology is there, where our mobile phones are more powerful than ever, and they’re capable of top-tier gaming experiences.”
I think the biggest issue with this whole situation is that mobile games have been known to be ridden with in-game purchases and hundreds of thousands of rands of microtransactions. Many people are not only worried about that but also about the fact that they were expecting something, well, not mobile. Blizzard’s fans are mainly PC gamers so why in the living hell would you make a mobile game for PC gamers. This feedback may be extreme, but it is warranted.
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