Saturday, April 30, 2022

That Diablo Thing For Phones... Also For PCs


Does anyone remember that one event where a bunch of Blizzard blokes tried to push a Diablo game for phones as the next big thing and reacted to the fierce negative reaction by asking "Do You Not Have Phones?!"

Well, fret not, boys and girls. Diablo Immortal will be coming to PCs.

You know, in case you don't have a phone.

I am not a Diablo player. I may have played the first game ages ago, but that's about the extent of my exposure to the series. I do recall watching a video of the event in question showcasing the highlights (or lowlights, if you prefer) of the reveal. I almost feel sorry for the devs who have to try and sell this mobile game to this audience comprising mostly PC Master Race hardcore types, who were having none of it. On the other hand, you're basically shooting yourselves in the foot when you have an audience on hand expecting an announcement on the next major entry in their beloved franchise... and the best you could come up with is a mobile phone game that nobody in that room wanted to play.

That said, the fact that Immortal is getting a PC port despite claims to the contrary should feel like vindication for that PC Master Race, who are no doubt treating this like a victory. I, on the other hand, will anticipate the reactions to said PC release, because this is either going to be vindication for the snafu or if this is vengeance on Blizzard's part by giving their core audience a shoddy PC port of a phone game. That, kids, is where the real fireworks are bound to happen.

Either way, it's going to be an interesting ride until release day.

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