Blizzard Entertainment has announced that Diablo Immortalone of its first major titles to push for the iOS and Android markets co-developed with NetEase, will also be playable on desktop computers when it launches on June 2, 2022.
The news comes from a trailer for the game’s launch date which also shows some finalized gameplay. Not only this mobile-first Diablo title is playable on PC, it will have cross-platform support between mobile and desktop platforms, which means players can play together on different devices.
This also means that, as with Foyerplayers will be able to use their Battle.net accounts to switch between platforms.
Why the sudden inclusion of a non-mobile platform? Blizzard President Mike Ybarra tweeted that alpha and beta testing players for Diablo Immortal told the company they wanted to play the game on PC. “It’s a phone game, not a PC game, and we made it for phones,” he added.
But even as a mobile game, apps like Bluestacks or Windows 11’s Android app support meant some users could play on PC anyway. Ybarra (surprisingly) recognized it, tell a fan that “We knew people would emulate it anyway, and that Windows 11 actually lets you use Android, so we thought we’d do some support but reinforce that it’s a game first mobile.”
Diablo Immortal received a chilling reception at BlizzCon 2018, but its continued development was seen as important to Blizzard Entertainment’s financial future. It and other triple-A game companies have begun the process of expanding their PC and console franchises for the mobile market. Activision Blizzard is currently working to bring Call of Duty: Warzone to phones, while Electronic Arts is preparing to launch its mobile version of Apex Legends.
Ubisoft even got in on the action recently, showing a version of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six (inspired by the recent Seat series) for mobile devices.
It will be curious to know if this development will send other major publishers down a similar cross-platform route. There is less reason to do so, given that war zone, Apex Legendsand rainbow six are already successful PC franchises, but hey, that was the case too Diablo!