It was just a matter of time. We were waiting for it, hoping for it, some of us were even prepared to sell our souls to the nether forces for it, but the grand prize is finally within our grasp. It’s official: on BlizzCon 2018 opening ceremony the new Diablo game called Diablo Immortal was announced. And not just any Diablo game, but (as developers themselves had described it) a “full-fledged action RPG” exclusively developed for Android and iOS platforms in the collaboration of Blizzard and NetEase Games.
Is this that much-anticipated and mysterious “unannounced Diablo project” we were hearing rumors about thanks to that famous job opening ad, or Blizzard is preparing us yet another surprise? At the moment it doesn’t matter much since all speculations are overshadowed by the fact that mobile players will finally be able to fully enjoy Diablo on their devices, and a unique new experience at that. Judging from what we were able to see from the cinematic and gameplay trailer that were showcased on the BlizzCon, Diablo Immortal will be a game worthy of its name, with a storyline aimed to fill in the gaps between more familiar events in the history of the Sanctuary.
Diablo Immortal will take place between pivotal events described in Diablo 2: Lord of Destruction expansion and Diablo 3, which will afford players at the same time a new and exciting glimpse into the lore, but also familiar experience they know and love. The cinematic trailer is narrated by none other than archangel Tyrael: he speaks of his struggle to destroy the Worldstone and the ultimate price he had to pay for it – his life. However, even if it was destroyed, the plights of the world of Sanctuary and humanity are far from over. The scattered shards of the Worldstone are rapidly spreading its corruption like a plague and foul creatures, ancient minions of Lord of Terror lead by Skarn, Herald of Terror, Diablo’s mightiest lieutenant, are trying to control their power in an effort to bring back their master.
The world stands on the brink of destruction once again. Thankfully, mankind is not alone, nor it is completely unprotected. There will be six familiar classes in Diablo Immortal – Barbarian, Monk, Demon Hunter, Wizard, Necromancer, and Crusader – which doesn’t mean that developers won’t include some new additions later, particularly because this is described as a dynamic and constantly evolving experience. Each class has its own set of abilities and their particular fighting styles were displayed in the cinematic and gameplay trailer. You’ll have the opportunity to get to know with the deadly beauty of the Sanctuary thanks to a plethora of new attractive locations and developers hint that the course of your game and your personal choices will have previously unprecedented flexibility. The multiplayer element will also be an extremely important part of the game and will allow you to communicate, trade, cooperate, fight and interact in the variety of different ways. You can also expect that the controls will be perfectly and intuitively adjusted for the mobile platforms and that visual presentation, soundtrack and Blizzard’s trademark design will be on the highest possible level.
If you’re anxious to grab your weapons and wreak havoc among the minions of Lord of Terror as soon as possible, you should pre-register via Diablo Immortal official site, or through App Store or Google Play. And if you’re lucky, that just might give you the opportunity to participate in Diablo Immortal beta.