Diablo: Immortal Disappointment Is Warranted, Says Ex-Blizzard Producer

Ex-Blizzard developer thinks Blizzard is now out of touch with the fans.

Posted By | On 05th, Nov. 2018

Diablo Immortal

The biggest news of the weekend has been Diablo: Immortal, the newly announced mobile game spin off of Blizzard’s beloved and pioneering action RPG series. Regardless of how you feel about the game itself, there are multiple issues with how the announcement was handled, including Blizzard hyping up fans about the future of Diablo, and then closing its Blizzcon opening show with an outsourced mobile game with no indication for the future of the franchise otherwise.

This is a situation other publishers and companies have expertly navigated—for instance, Bethesda announced Fallout 76 and The Elder Scrolls Blades earlier this year, two very divergent games from the kind they are usually known for, and made sure to announce The Elder Scrolls 6 and Starfield to allay potential fan concerns and backlash. Nintendo has done the same with Fire Emblem, Metroid, and Pokemon over the last year. Blizzard simply had to show a logo for Diablo 4, and things would have gone down better for them. One would assume people would be discussing that, rather than lashing out at the mobile game (well, to some degree, anyway).

A lot of people have stated that the reaction against the game is unwarranted. However, Mark Kern, a former employee at Blizzard, who worked on Diablo 2, Starcraft, and vanilla World of Warcraft, said on Twitter that not only is fan reaction to this announcement totally warranted, but that trying to label it as toxic is missing the larger point of Blizzard as a company now largely being out of touch with what its fans want. This, he says, is a change from before, when it always had its finger on the pulse of the community.

You can check out the tweets for yourself below. Diablo Immortal comes out for iOS and Android.


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