According to a Kotaku report, however, the reaction to Diablo Immortal's announcement could've been very different, as the site says that Blizzard planned to confirm Diablo 4 is in development but bailed on the reveal before last Friday. The note read, "Blizzard severely miscalculated how their fans would respond, which suggests they aren't in touch with their players as maybe they should be".
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. Blizzard has also pledged that it will explore the lucrative mobile gaming market, which is worth an estimated $50bn.
During the BlizzCon event, Wyatt Cheng, lead game designer on Diablo Immortal, discussed the hate, saying that it is understandable.
According to the social media statistics website Social Blade, the Diablo: Immortal trailer now displays engagement numbers that are wildly different from screenshots taken by other users. A free-to-play game means that the company is trying to hook some new fish, hoping to empty player's wallets via microtransactions - but then why the emphasis on lore? Angry fans pushed into BlizzCon's Q&A sessions to vent directly to the development team, while others flooded the company's social media channels with comments in an attempt to be heard.
Two weeks ago, Blizzard pumped the brakes on promoting its "Diablo projects" reveals at BlizzCon 2018, letting their forum users know in as many cryptic words that good things come to those who wait.
Riffing on that comment, a thread with almost 4000 upvotes reads, "Everyone is saying that Blizzard is out touch with their fans".
What do you make of Diablo Immortal though? Well, if Blizzard was planning on announcing Diablo 4, they made a huge mistake in deciding not to. Many devs stop playing games as they start making them professionally.
Blizzard Entertainment today unveiled the next game in the storied Diablo franchise, Diablo Immortal, a mobile massively multiplayer online action-role-playing game for Android and iOS devices.
But, looking at the bright side, the video published by Blizzard some time ago claims new discoveries until the end of the year.
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