Last week, at Blizzcon, Blizzard announced their next installment in the Diablo franchise. But it wasn’t Diable IV as many fans were hoping, instead, what was announced was a Mobile-Only Diable game titled: Diablo Immortal.
At a time when everyone seems to be hopping on the mobile bandwagon, it seems Blizzard didn’t want to be left behind. But, this was immediately followed by fan backlash. And I mean IMMEDIATELY.
Just after the announcement, fans had many questions, asking if it was an April Fool’s joke, even booing when it was confirmed that there were no plans to bring the game to PC or even consoles. You can watch the video below, but be warned, it’s very cringe worthy.
The announcement had fans outraged, leaving them feeling as if Blizzard no longer cared about their fans and instead just wanted to hop on the quickest trend or find the best way to make some cash. Unfortunately for Blizzard, they didn’t take well to the criticism.
In the video, Wyatt Cheng, the principal designer, reacts to the booing in a less than professional manner saying quote “Do you guys not have phones?”
Now, I can understand being hurt or upset considering the backlash. And who wants to hear immediate disapproval of something you’ve worked hard on? But this seems like a very immature answer. This remark has sparked major uproar among the community, leaving fans feeling as if Blizzard has lost touch with it’s fan base.
In an interview with Kotaku, exectutive producer and Blizzard co-founder Allen Adham said the company did expect some backlash, just not this much.
Learning that the new game is going to be mobile is bad enough, but it’s an especially tough let down considering many fans were hopeful for a Diablo IV announcement.
A blog post by Blizzard had fans hoping for a new major Diablo title, but the company talked around the idea of a new game and never outright said they’d be announcing Diablo IV.
There have been claims that the new mobile game is essentially just a reskin of a NetEase action RPG. But that was denied by Adham, who claims that the art and assets were made specifically for Diablo Immortal.
Backlash is still strong across social media. But, it is the internet, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see the uproar die down quickly. Or maybe not.
Author: Albert “Beartoe” Hellebuick