It’s fair to say that Blizzard has had an uncomfortable last 24 months or so. Things weren’t great when Diablo Immortal’s announcement got roundly booed at the company’s own conference in 2018 (it seems like yesterday still) by an audience who simply didn’t want a mobile version of a much-beloved franchise.
However that is what we have and to be fair the dust has settled a little – or at least been diverted elsewhere by various lawsuits and other bad press that has taken the heat off Diablo Immortal.
When will Diablo Immortal be released?
In the midst of all the recent publicity, the company also slipped out a delay to the release date of Diablo Immortal, citing changes to the PvP PvE and having to add in controller support as the reasons for the delay.
At the moment the best we can get out of them is that Diablo Immortal is slated for a launch during the first half of 2022. Now you don’t need to be Columbo to assume that that rules out the first part of the year and realistically means we could be looking towards Q3 before we get to play Diablo during our daily commute, doubtless immersing ourselves in the delight of microtransactions along the way.
What has Blizzard said about the release date?
The devs released the following comment on the game’s official website:
“Following feedback provided by test participants of the Closed Alpha, our team has been tuning core and endgame features. For example, we’re iterating on PvP content like the Cycle of Strife to make it more accessible, alongside late-game PvE content like the Helliquary to make it more engaging. We’re also working to provide controller support for those who want to play our game in a different way. However, these changes and additional opportunities to improve our gameplay experience will not be realized in the 2021 timeframe we had previously communicated. So, the game is now planned for release in the first half of 2022, which will allow us to add substantial improvements to the whole game.”
How can I get involved in the alpha and beta stages of Diablo Immortal?
Blizzard has given access opportunities at alpha stage to gamers following its social media accounts so that is a good place to start watching out in case the opportunity to play the game during the next round of testing comes up.
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