Published: Tue, November 06, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Activision Blizzard Stock Tumbles Following Diablo Immortal Backlash

Activision Blizzard Stock Tumbles Following Diablo Immortal Backlash

Since Blizzard announced the seemingly cursed mobile title Diablo Immortal last week at BlizzCon 2018, we've heard from all interested parties. The iOS and Android game Diablo Immortal will be released on a yet to be confirmed release date.

Blizzard's annual fan convention Blizzcon took place over Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3, with major announcements touching on several core studio franchises in "Diablo", "Overwatch", "Hearthstone" and "Warcraft". Blizzard maintains that it had never meant to talk about Diablo 4 at BlizzCon and that no announcements were pulled from the show.

Diablo fans could've had a completely different reaction had the original plan gone through at BlizzCon.

But for reasons unknown, the plan changed a couple of weeks prior to BlizzCon, and the Diablo 4 reveal was scrapped.

Diablo IV is in development and an official confirmation was supposed to happen at BlizzCon 2018, sources tell Kotaku's Jason Schreier. "I hate to say it, but what you are seeing is Blizzard not understanding gamers anymore".

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No footage was to be shown and Diablo IV wasn't to be revealed in a proper manner, just a confirmation from Blizzard's Allan Adham. The publisher also confirmed that multiple teams are working on Diablo projects, and they will be announced at the right time. Looking at the timeline of events, earlier this year Blizzard did seem to be building up to a bigger blowout for Diablo, which was abruptly halted as fan expectations began to climb.

Diablo III launched in May 2012, and its first and only expansion, Reaper of Souls, followed in March 2014.

Fortunately, game development isn't like dating, because if it were Blizzard might consider calling the whole thing off.

Others have called Immortal a rehashed version of Crusaders of Light, another mobile action-RPG by developer NetEase, Blizzard's partner on Immortal. But then fans quickly proved themselves to be that messy bitch who hurls things at their significant other because how dare Blizzard show up with a pearl necklace when it knew they were waiting for a diamond ring.

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