Diablo fans are super pissed after the announcement of Diablo Immortal, with some even calling for the game’s cancellation.
In case you missed it, Diablo Immortal is the Diablo universe’s first foray into the realm of mobile gaming. Developed in conjunction with Chinese firm NetEase, it promises to be a simple hack and slash game you can play on your phone. While most reports of early-build gameplay have been less than impressed, the real issue here is how fans of the universe were massively disappointed.
For weeks before Blizzcon, fans were expecting the announcement of something big--either Diablo 4 or a remastered version of an earlier Diablo game along the same lines as what Blizzard has done for Starcraft and will do for Warcraft 3. Then when Blizzard made the big reveal of a mobile game to a room full of hardcore PC and console gamers, it went over about as well as a wet fart.
But the rage and vitriol didn’t just stop at Blizzcon. It went online, where Diablo fans posted to social media wherever they could how outraged they were that Blizzard had forgotten about them in favor of a mobile game.
Multiple threads on Reddit are raging against Diablo Immortal. One says that they’d be happier if Blizzard had no Diablo announcement at all. Another laments how Blizzard has “killed the future of Diablo.”
The most upvoted of all, with 18,000 upvotes, simply expresses disappointment and anger, with everyone else joining in on the pity party.
Perhaps most tellingly, the Diablo Immortal trailer on YouTube has vastly more dislikes than likes. As of the time of this writing, there are over 440,000 dislikes and counting.
And now there’s an online petition to scrap the game entirely.
A change.org petition already has 32,000 signatures calling for Blizzard to cancel Diablo Immortal. The petition started several days ago by a group calling themselves “People For The True Spirit Of Blizzard” and calls Diablo Immortal a “spit in the face of the Diablo community.”
It seems unlikely that this petition will accomplish much given the untold billions of dollars in the mobile gaming market. If you really don’t like the game, your best move is to simply not buy it. That will get Blizzard to listen better than any petition ever could.