Diablo Immortal release date – ChinaJoy 2020 details

Everything we know about the upcoming mobile action RPG, including the Diablo Immortal release date

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, 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:

ChinaJoy 2020: new gameplay trailer and more details

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

What is Diablo Immortal?

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 classes: which can you play as?

Diablo Immortal sees the return of your favourite classes, which are listed below:

Barbarian

Your favourite massive melee fighter makes an appearance in Diablo Mortal in all its gory glory.

Skills

Hammer of the Ancients Ancient Spear Whirlwind
Calls forth a massive hammer to smash enemies in front of you Throws a spear that damages and pierces enemies Spin your blades out, dealing massive damage to nearby enemies

Crusader

Wielding its deadly flail and holy magic, the Crusader walks confidently into battle in a massive suit of armour.

Skills

TBD TBD TBD
TBD TBD TBD

Demon Hunter

With their dual crossbows, Demon Hunters take the fight to the hellish hordes.

Skills

Rain of Vengeance Daring Swing Knockback Shot
Showers an area with arrows from the sky for several seconds, dealing continuous damage Swing on a rope to nearby location, damaging enemies on the way while they cannot attack you Fires a magical bolt of energy that deals damage and knocks back enemies

Monk

These sacred warriors channel the power of their 1,001 gods.

Skills

Dashing Strike Cyclone Strike Seven-Sided Strike
Dashes forward, moving through and striking any enemies on your path A spinning attack that pulls nearby enemies towards you, followed by a furious blast of energy Dashes rapidly between nearby enemies, dealing damage over seven strikes

Necromancer

Wielding death as a weapon itself, the Necromancer summons the dead to fight for them.

Skills

TBD TBD TBD
TBD TBD TBD

Wizard

The elements are firmly under the wizard’s command, who can freeze and burn her enemies and teleport out of danger.

Skills

Meteor Teleport Lightning
Summons an immense Meteor that plummets from the sky, crashing into enemies dealing massive damage Teleports through the ether to a selected location Create a wave of electrical energy, bathing enemies in destructive lightning

Diablo Immortal story: when does it take place?

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.

Diablo Immortal World: where can we visit?

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:

Westmarch

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.

Ashwold Cemetery

This is where your Diablo Immortal journey begins, and it features crypts, an old manor, and a haunted carriage, which travels around the cemetery.

Dark Wood

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:

  • Bilefen
  • Forgotten Tower
  • Library of Zoltun Kulle
  • Shassar Sea
  • Tomb of Fahir
  • Wortham

Diablo Mobile: How does Immortal play on the small screen?

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.

Diablo Immortal enemies: Who are we fighting?

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.

Diablo Immortal release date: when can I get it on iOS and Android?

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.

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