Diablo Immortal released on Android, iOS before official launch date; PC beta still on the way
Diablo Immortal is a massively multiplayer action role-playing game (MMOARPG) that was released on Android and iOS on Wednesday, a day before its official release date. Blizzard has teamed up with Chinese developer NetEase to bring the latest addition to the Diablo series. Diablo franchise general manager at Blizzard, Rod Fergusson, confirmed the early release, saying it was done to “give it time to spread to all stores worldwide.” The PC beta will arrive as announced on Thursday, June 2 at 10:00 AM PST / 10:30 PM IST.
Diablo Immortal is a free-to-play MMOARPG with Player vs. Enemy (PvE) and Player vs. Player (PvP) modes. The game is said to be leaning heavily towards the pay-to-win meta, as its release has reportedly been blocked in Belgium and the Netherlands. Both of these countries have strict laws against loot box mechanics in games. On the other hand, Diablo fans should breathe a sigh of relief as the game’s PvE segment isn’t limited by a microtransaction wall. However, PvP modes encourage players to spend money to gain an in-game advantage against their opponents.
Blizzard has included six character classes in the game – Barbarian, Crusader, Demon Hunter, Monk, Necromancer, and Sorcerer who have their unique sets of armor, weapons, and skills. In this adventure that takes place across eight zones, players face off against The Skeleton King, Haunted Carriage, Countess, Fahir, Baal, and Glacial Colossus. There are also challenges and live events. Blizzard also promised free content updates every month. Diablo Immortal also offers in-depth graphics settings not usually available in games intended for handheld devices. In addition to frame rate limiting, gamers can adjust fog, anti-aliasing, blooming, and many other settings to get the best performance from their devices.
Diablo Immortal is available for download on Google Play and App Store. The PC beta will arrive Thursday, June 2 at 10:00 AM PST / 10:30 PM IST. However, the Asia-Pacific region won’t get the PC version until June 22.