Diablo Immortal is an upcoming mobile-exclusive entry in Blizzard’s long-running action RPG series. It’s not just Diablo on mobile though. Blizzard has teamed up with the massive publisher NetEase to craft a fully-fledged Diablo MMORPG, which features a persistant online version of the world of Sanctuary that you can explore with your friends.
Of course, much of it is classic Diablo. Expect to battle through a wealth of recognisable locations and dungeons in the name of loot. It also features a brand new story that takes place between the events of Diablo II and III and the return of your favourite character classes, like the Barbarian, Demon Hunter, and Necromancer.
We’re not sure exactly when Diablo Immortal will make an appearance, but you can pre-register right now to grab it as soon as it’s available. In this guide, we’re going to detail everything we know about Diablo Immortal, including the release date, Diablo Immortal classes, locations, story, and more. If you really can’t wait, you can check out our list of the best games like Diablo on mobile.
Everything we know about Diablo Immortal:
Blizzard and NetEase provided a huge development update during ChinaJoy 2020. Here’s what we saw:
- A brand new trailer with new gameplay elements
- The character models have seen a huge update, and look absolutely stunning
- An updated and more polished UI
- Support for six player dungeons
- New abilities for the six character classes
- Baal makes an appearance
Diablo Immortal is a mobile-exclusive version of the hit action RPG that breathes life to the world of Sanctuary like never before. And by that, we mean that it’s always online and fully-persistent.
That’s right, Diablo Immortal is, in fact, an MMORPG that allows you to battle alongside your friends in a wide variety of recognisable locations and dungeons in the name of loot.
We’ll get into the specifics later in this guide, but you can expect to visit similar locations, play as your favourite classes, and participate in a story that follows the Diablo canon.
Diablo Immortal provides a brand new story that takes place between Diablo II and III, and sees you trying to prevent Diablo’s minions from resurrecting him.
In fact, it’s the fragments of the Worldstone itself, which was destroyed during Diablo II, that the evil powers are striving to gather together. So there’s a very strong link to the second entry.
You’ll visit many recognisable locations during your adventure in the world of Sanctuary, which are split up into explorable regions, dungeons full of loot, and social hubs.
Here are a few places you can expect to see:
The primary location from Diablo III, Act V, Westmarch is a very different beast in Diablo Immortal. For a start, the city is positively bustling, and there’s no sign of Malthael’s corruption anywhere.
Westmarch is a huge social hub in Diablo Immortal, and allows you to access your stash, purchase supplies from vendors, and meet other players to pull together a party.
This is where your Diablo Immortal journey begins, and it features crypts, an old manor, and a haunted carriage, which travels around the cemetery.
The Dark Wood first made an appearance in Diablo II, and returns in Diablo Immortal. If anything, it’s more dangerous in this entry, as a forgotten evil has been growing in power ever since…
Here’s a round up of other locations you’ll encounter:
- Forgotten Tower
- Library of Zoltun Kulle
- Shassar Sea
- Tomb of Fahir
Rather than just squeeze Diablo onto mobile, developer NetEase has designed Immortal from the ground up for the portable platform. For a start, the controls are entirely touchscreen, with a virtual joystick on the left and attack, skill, and potion buttons on the right. It will also reportedly support gesture actions, like perhaps swiping to dodge.
There are plenty of context-sensitive actions too, like automatically equipping a new piece of gear, and tapping or holding on a skill, then dragging it to a location to use it.
Skarn – The Herald of Terror
There’s a new big bad boss in Diablo Immortal, and it’s Diablo’s ‘Herald of Terror’, the demon Skarn. Skarn’s building up a new demonic army, using the power of the fractured Worldstone to resurrect Diablo.
You’ll also see the return of monsters from Diablo II, including the Vile Mothers, and other entries in the franchise.
Blizzard hasn’t announced a release date for Diablo Immortal just yet, but you can pre-register for it on the official site. It’s also available on Google Play, if you’d rather register your interest there.
In terms of when you can play it, all we know is that Blizzard plans to launch a beta test this year, though we haven’t learned anything since a Q4 earnings report (thanks Polygon).
We will, of course, provide you with details of a release date as soon as we learn more.