Diablo Immortal Is Just One of Several Mobile Games in Development at Blizzard

There are more mobile titles in development under Blizzard, both internally and through external partners.

News by Caty McCarthy, .

Diablo Immortal may have set the world aflame with the ire of fans, much like hell itself, but it's not the only mobile game Blizzard has in development. At a press conference for Diablo Immortal at BlizzCon 2018 following the busy weekend's droplets of news, executive producer Allen Adham, alongside lead designer Wyatt Cheng, revealed the news.

"In terms of Blizzard's approach to mobile gaming, many of us over the last few years have shifted from playing primarily desktop to playing many hours on mobile, and we have many of our best developers now working on new mobile titles across all of our IPs," Adham said. "Some of them are with external partners, like Diablo Immortal. Many of them are being developed internally only, and we'll have information to share on those in the future. I will say also that we have more new products in development today at Blizzard than we've ever had in our history and our future is very bright."

While the news of other mobile iterations of Blizzard's familiar properties—which includes World of Warcraft, StarCraft, and Overwatch—may make some fans' skin crawl, it's notably not decrying the future of any PC or console games. As usual, that will likely remain Blizzard's first priority. Remember: It's okay to feel disappointed that a Diablo 4 isn't right around the corner, just keep that bummer attitude in check.

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  • Avatar for CK20XX #1 CK20XX 10 days ago
    You know... I never give smartphone games a chance, even when they're good. And I didn't realize why I do that until this fiasco. But now I realize that there's an invention that would do wonders for helping me get into mobile gaming. That invention is the stylus, like the 3DS has.

    Unfortunately smartphones use capacitive touchscreens, not resistive. Capacitive touchscreens use human skin's electrical conductivity to register inputs, so gloves or a stylus just plain don't work. The Nintendo 3DS uses a resistive touchscreen instead, but those are less accurate than capacitive touchscreens and don't support multitouch functionality. If you hit two points on the screen at the same time, the pressure sensors just average them out.

    There are smartphones that support stylus inputs, like the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, but their price is approximately ouch. They cost so much that you're really better off building a new PC instead.Edited 2 weeks ago by CK20XX
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  • Avatar for riot-50 #2 riot-50 10 days ago
    Someone hand Blizzard the belt because we've all just witnessed a masterclass in championship level poor timing.
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  • Avatar for AceOfCakez #3 AceOfCakez 9 days ago
    Oh boy, looks like we're getting Immortal versions of all their IP's. Also, 4 years ago, Blizzard released an April Fool's joke of a Diablo mobile game. Man, how times have changed. It gives more credence to the guy who asked them during the Q&A if Diablo Immortal was an out of season April Fool's joke.
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