Following the announcement of ‘Diablo Immortals’, Blizzard received a lot of negative feedback. For sure, this was not the Diablo game that fans were expecting, but there is still hope as Blizzard has confirmed that other Diablo titles are in the works.
During an interview with Polygon, Blizzard co-founder Allen Adham and production director Dan Elggren responded to the mass criticism. “We have said that we have multiple Diablo teams working on multiple Diablo projects and that remains true, even after releasing [Diablo 3 for Nintendo] Switch and announcing Diablo: Immortal,” Adham reassured.
“We still have multiple Diablo teams working on multiple unannounced Diablo projects. Diablo is a tentpole franchise for us,” he adds. “And it always will be. We love it. We hope our fans understand what we’re saying when we say that.”
Despite the negative reception, Blizzard continues to believe that Diablo Immortals will grow on fans as they play it. “We definitely value our fans. We feel that they’re passionate about the franchise,” Adham continues. “They’ll see that passion that’s in this game.”
The heavy backlash Blizzard received for “weaving mobile gaming” into an audience that consists of “passionate desktop PC and console” players was to be expected. Blizzard went through a similar experience with the announcement of Hearthstone, which has since become one of the most popular digital card games. “We’ve done this for a long time, and it usually starts with a little bit of sort of uncertainty and then we win [over] our community over time.”
Blizzard’s response will hopefully reassure fans who were unsatisfied with the announcement of a mobile game instead of a sequel to the 2012 Diablo 3.