I joked to my husband this morning that Blizzard has been all over the map this week, with a critical investor call looming on Tuesday. So far, it’s canceled its digital BlizzCon, subsumed the only Blizzard ally that released a game this year, and saw Bobby Kotick’s compensation vanish overnight in an attempt to calm the ongoing sexual harassment and discrimination scandal. “I can’t wait to see what Blizzard does next,” I said to the husband. Well, it was sarcasm, but here we are: The next thing is a closed beta for Diablo Immortal. As in, literally, today.
“Adventurers, prepare. Diablo Immortal is entering its Beta testing phase, bringing us one step closer to worldwide launch. Select participants will experience a host of exciting new features and updates. Starting October 28 select participants in Canada and Australia will journey back to Sanctuary. Additionally, we’ll be expanding Closed Beta access to users in South Korea, Japan, and China at a later time. We’re thrilled to introduce the Necromancer class, new challenging PvE encounters, epic battles to become the Immortal, controller support, and more!”
Diablo Immortal, of course, is a mobile MMO spinoff from Blizzard in partnership with Netease, originally revealed at BlizzCon in 2018. Yes, that BlizzCon. Activision-Blizzard has been promising Diablo Immortal is on the way for years now, with a technical alpha almost a year ago.