BlizzCon 2019: Mobile MMOARPG Diablo Immortal gets new content, videos, and preregistration

    
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During this afternoon’s BlizzCon Opening Ceremonies, Blizzard didn’t so much as breathe the words “Diablo Immortal,” in spite of multiple devs (and audience members) cracking jokes about having phones to cut through the tension. Nevertheless, this evening we noticed that the company had uploaded a massive BlizzCon 2019 packet for the upcoming Diablo-franchise mobile game, in partnership with Chinese company NetEase. There are two new gameplay videos as well as a bundle of new images and new bits of information, including news on the Demon Hunter and new zone content.

Yeah, they’re still calling it an MMOARPG, and they’re saying it’s “coming soon to iPhone, iPad, and Android.”

Pre-registration is live on the game’s official website and Google Play (the Apple store is greyed out right now); you can check out the assets below. And make sure you guys have phones.

The official site also embeded this developer video, still unlisted on YouTube as we type this.

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Anstalt

I wonder if this will actually be an MMO

None of the other mobile games that call themselves MMOs have been massively multiplayer.

Not that it makes a difference to me really, its a mobile game so I won’t be playing it.

Mewmew
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Mewmew

None? There are plenty of real actual MMORPGs out there on mobile full of other people running around.

I’ve tried at least 20 different MMORPGs on mobile over the past few years full of other people in open world settings. So to say that none of them have actually been MMOs is more than just exaggerating to the extreme. It’s outright wrong.

Yes, there are plenty of games that call themselves MMORPGs that just have limited social features and the mobile stores are flooded with them. But there are also many actual MMORPGs full of other people in the open world settings.

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Bryan Correll

I notice no mention of going back to Diablo’s dark roots on this one.*

*I’m not one of the people who had an issue with D3’s graphics.** I found the lore retconning irritating, but that’s par for the course in Blizz games.

**One big exception to this was the changed appearance of big D himself. He looked less like the hulking behemoth from D2 and more like something that should have been fighting a forklift mech piloted by Sigourney Weaver.

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Sorenthaz

Well yeah Diablo Immortal is basically more like bringing Diablo 3 to mobile. Also part of why they’re partnering with NetEase is obviously because they’re banking hard on the untapped Chinese mobile market. Pretty sure China still has ridiculous censorship on gore/etc. so they’ll likely have to patch up a lot of bits and bobs, and keeping it brighter helps in that area too I guess.

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Danny Smith

The level of asset flip makes me wonder if this isn’t the frankensteined leftovers of that rumoured second d3 expansion that got canned before Reaper of Souls even released.

Mordyjuice
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Mordyjuice

Pretty sure those assets were already dropped into D3, Senchean (Barbiville), Leoric’s Manor, Grayhollow Island, the Moors, Temple of the First Born.

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hurbster

Yeah, don’t care.

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Mewmew

If you go in an article to write something, it feels like you actually do care a little bit. So I’d have to disagree with you. You spent your time to come in here and write a message. So you do care a bit in one way or another.

If you truly don’t care, then don’t waste your time coming into the article and writing a comment. Save us all the time and comment space. There are plenty of articles we all don’t care about, but we don’t go into them to write and let everybody know that fact. We just skip those articles.

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hurbster

It’s my time to waste. Just as you wasted your time writing that essay above.

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Mordyjuice

Such a shame this isn’t available on PC

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Armsbend

Why would you want to play a shitty mobile game on pc?

Mordyjuice
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Mordyjuice

Because it’s better than playing D3 for the next 2 to 4 years while waiting for D4?

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TheDefensior

I’m almost certain you can play it on PC just fine. Just do a search for “Bluestacks”.

Only problem I foresee is some potentially fiddly one-time setup to map the buttons to the keyboard.

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Sasha Alex

Also Memu and Nox.

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Sorenthaz

Last I used Bluestacks it was a major annoyance when it came to ads/etc. Also removing the thing from the computer took some extra effort than it needed to.

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Mewmew

Nox is a super popular one right now. In fact on all the mobile boards Nox is the one people normally talk about using, I barely hear about Bluestacks these days from people.

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Mewmew

As the Hampster mentioned, Nox is very popular for emulation at the moment. I play a lot of gacha games still and most of the re-rollers always are using Nox. That’s probably because it’s had root access availability in a toggle for so long, though I hear Bluestacks has got root access ability now too finally.

Nox is pretty easy to navigate everything, low on ads, runs most stuff great, it’s feature rich, it is a small program compared to Bluestacks and less invasive, it’s the Android emulator of choice for most people right now.

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Bannex

Check out warhammer chaosbane

Mordyjuice
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Mordyjuice

Reviews on Steam make it sound like the game is flimsy on content vs the price.

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Bannex

Are you nuts!? Never buy a steam game at full price ;)

I mean it’s a pretty polished Argp. Much more playable than poe

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Mordyjuice

I wasn’t planning on it at that price. Might play some Grimdawn not that far into it any way, hoping after I upgraded my PC the weird stuttering I see on the screen when my character moves will have disappeared.

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Bannex

Oooh yeah grim dawn is good too

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Sorenthaz

Any time I look at games like that, it makes me miss Gauntlet Dark Legacy. Shame that the Gauntlet series is basically dead at this point.