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Blizzard announce Diablo Immortal, BlizzCon attendees boo them

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Picture of the Barbarian from the Diablo Immortal trailer
Diablo Immortal

Blizzard have announced Diablo Immortal and while one might think the next installment in this franchise would generate a ton of fan hype, it was quite the opposite - fans hated the announcement. The reason? Blizzard made it mobile.

Diablo Immortal will feature six classes - Barbarian, Monk, Wizard, Crusader, Demon Hunter and Necromancer. Blizzard are developing the game in partnership with NetEase. There is currently no ETA on the game, but the platforms and the price are known - it will be a free to play mobile game. 

This is what pissed fans off. You can see and hear the fans' hype through the cheering as Wyatt Cheng came on stage as they anxiously waited for info about a new Diablo game. Well, cheering and hype died simultaneously when he uttered the words "mobile devices", and no cheering would happen until the end of the panel.

Actually, more cheering indeed happened, but fans were cheering on a disgruntled fan in a red shirt that got himself kicked out of the event just for the opportunity to voice his displeasure with the announcement. Blizzard staff tried to salvage the situation but fans wouldn't have any of it.

One fan asked if Blizzard would at least make Diablo Immortal playable on PC, which they denied and this marked the first time Blizzard got booed for announcing a Diablo game. 

These reactions probably stem from the fact that fans were hoping for Diablo 4, remasters of Diablo and Diablo 2 or even a major update to Diablo 3. Instead, they were treated to a mobile free-to-play-but-expensive-to-enjoy cash cow that some fans even suspect is just a reskin of another NetEase game.

You can find more about the game on the official website, but do not expect any explosive blood and gore you're used to in Diablo games, as the shown gameplay didn't feature a drop of blood. It probably doesn't align with the tastes of the target audience, mobile gamers.