Back in 2018, Blizzard teased that they would announce something related to Diablo at Blizzcon, but that it would not be “what many of you are hoping for”. Sure enough, it was not Diablo 4, but a mobile game called Diablo Immortal. Blizzard’s warnings did not prevent the developers from being announced on stage at Blizzcon, which seemed harsh.
Now that Diablo 4 has been announced (in 2019) and we’ve seen all the ways it caters to fans of classic Diablo 2, the world might be ready for Immortals. If so, then there’s good news: it’s coming to PC, too, with a free-to-play open beta on June 2nd.
Here is a trailer announcing it:
I like Diablo, but I did not cut the logo into my hair in 1996 or anything. To me, the more casual fan, Immortal seems to come to PC as a good thing. Diablo 4 is still in development as well, and any developer diary about it sounds desperate to assure players that it’s exactly the dark gray shade they want it to be. Diablo Immortal is therefore free to be its own thing.
Immortal is described, if you do not know, as an MMOARPG, which means there are several ways to play it with friends or spend time in its social space. That it’s free to play is also not immediately a death sentence for its design, given how well other action RPGs such as Path Of Exile seem to incorporate generous F2P elements while still being well-liked. Recently, Lost Ark was also very popular for about 15 minutes.
Diablo Immortals will support cross-play and cross-progression, which means you can switch your game seamlessly between PC and mobile if you wish. Blizzard says they have made changes to support PC players, including adding more control options. You can read more about the process of making it for PC on the Blizzard blog. Their FAQ also says that progress will be transferred from the open beta to the full game.