Diablo fans are not happy.
It's no secret that since its announcement Blizzard has received a lot of heat for Diablo Immortal, as fans who have been waiting for Diablo 4 criticised this reveal and comparisons were instantly drawn between this and other mobile RPGs like Crusaders of Light.
Blizzard disappointed many by not announcing a core Diablo game at BlizzCon 2018 over the weekend, so fans are making one more joke at the studio's expense.
Since then, Blizzard has processed the fan reaction and backlash, and have responded to it via an interview with Kotaku.
Those familiar with the situation said the Diablo team wasn't ready to commit to an announcement, since Diablo 4 has changed immensely over the past four years.
It was with this subtle distinction that Cheng announced "Diablo Immortal", a smartphone-only entry in the "Diablo" franchise.
"We have said that we have multiple Diablo teams working on multiple Diablo projects and that remains true, even after releasing [Diablo 3 for Nintendo] Switch and announcing Diablo: Immortal", Adham said.
"We take a very global view of our online games business, and Blizzard's Diablo franchise truly embodies the sort of worldwide appeal that we strive for", he added.
According to the announcement, it looks like the game will receive an updated ladder system that will help matchmaking in competitive play as well as an updated map editor. For the first time ever, Diablo players will be able to answer the call to battle on their phones.
"I think the idea of quality mobile games that people can enjoy and people can have fun with is not a hard thing to imagine", said Brack. His investigation turned up information that stated a video was recorded in which Blizzard Co-Founder Allen Adham spoke to fans about a new Diablo project. "We know what many of you are hoping for and we can only say that 'good things come to those who wait, ' but evil things often take longer". Diablo 4 is probably still in the works, though the developer/publisher isn't letting on what it'll consist of just yet. But, yeah, Diablo Immortal has created some interesting division, though it's still likely to arrive next year and find a pretty strong audience. We'll have more news to share at some point in the future.