Blizzard has more mobile games in the works beyond Diablo Immortal

Sheri Evans
November 9, 2018

Diablo is an important, tentpole franchise for Blizzard.

The biggest news that stole the show of course was Warcraft 3 Reforged, kicked off in true blizzard style with a fully remastered trailer that brought back so many memories.

"We expect Activision Blizzard to outpace its peers with its in-game monetization, and expect dramatic growth in its mobile business as it launches new titles based upon its successful PC and console games", Wedbush wrote.

Blizzard made a decision to create a mobile version of Diablo (as well as other hitherto unannounced projects) because mobile technology is better than ever.

"I mean, I wouldn't rule anything out, but we don't have any plans around [Warcraft IV] at this point", Pete Stilwell, Blizzard's senior producer, told GameSpot.

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Brack said mobile is a "very significant opportunity" for Diablo as it relates to the game's reach and presumably its revenue potential. Diablo Immortal is now in development for mobile platforms. "One of the things that we've said is we have multiple teams working on multiple different projects for the Diablo community", he added. "In the end, Diablo Immortal is going to fulfil that, and we think that people are going to experience it, and we think they're going to love it".

The announcement comes shortly after the debut of "Call of Duty: Black Ops 4", which was released in October and posted initial sales figures that appeared to fall short of some analyst expectations, while others were more bullish on strong engagement trends. The days of archaic arcade phone games are gone.

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Despite Blizzard having already hinted quite heavily that Diablo 4 wouldn't be shown at this year's conference, fans still felt robbed that the announcement wasn't pertaining to another major PC installment of the franchise and were skeptical of the potentially money-driven motives of making a mobile game. Blizzard is developing the title alongside free-to-play veteran and longtime partner NetEase, if that's any indication as to the business model it may use.

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