The controversial Diablo: Immortal is complete according to NetEase.
There is no doubt Diablo: Immortal was at the eye of the storm during Blizzcon 2018. Its announcement and fan backlash was part of a domino effect at Activision Blizzard. As we have covered before, many fans questioned Activision’s influence over Blizzard despite their partnership. NetEase is saying that Diablo: Immortal is complete, but there is still no release date on the horizon.
“With regards to the launch of Diablo Immortal, we will announce a market launch date simultaneously with Blizzard. But on our side, development is already fully prepared and invested. I definitively believe there is no issue from the side of development (with regards to launch date),” NetEase said in a statement to MMOCulture.
NetEase said that ultimately, the decision is up to Activision Blizzard to release the game. “As to the exact launch timetable, I would encourage markets to direct the question directly to Activision Blizzard as from a co-developer’s perspective, the game development is pretty much ready.” These statements from NetEase were translated from Mandarin Chinese to English.
Why is Activision Blizzard holding onto Diablo: Immortal if it is complete?
This is the major question that arose from what NetEase said in their quarterly financial call. What exactly is going on? Is it possible that they are still cleaning up the mess from Blizzcon 2018? Or is it just routine quality assurance? Nobody outside of Activision Blizzard or sources close to the project may know for sure. Hearthstone is already on mobile devices and has received positive feedback. However, it is a radically different game than Diablo: Immortal. Therefore, the folks at Activision Blizzard may just be polishing the game for a worldwide audience. Activision Blizzard also did say there would be no new major game releases in 2019, so it is possible that Diablo: Immortal could come to mobile devices in 2020 unless Activision Blizzard reverses course.
What do you think about Diablo: Immortal? Do you have any thoughts as to why Activision Blizzard may be holding on to the release of the game? Let us know in the comments below!