Blizzard’s announcement that it is bringing Diablo to mobile with the next installment titled Diablo Immortal was met with heavy backlash from hardcore fans of the franchise. Yet even so, the game is still expected to be a huge hit.

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But when will it get officially released? And what will it bring to the table in terms of gameplay and multiplayer?

This article is going to discuss all this, starting with the question that everybody is probably asking right now:

When will Diablo Immortal be released?

At the moment, Blizzard has not revealed any specific launch date. However, we can expect that Diablo Immortal will come within this year. Some people are expecting an April release, but given that both Blizzard and NetEase have remained tight-lipped for a while, that expectation seems quite unrealistic.

That said some officials have confirmed that that the game is “pretty much ready”, suggesting that there’s no reason that it doesn’t come out before 2019 ends. This confirmation comes from Yang Zhaoxuan, CFO of NetEase. However, he was more hesitant to dive deeper into the details and suggests that the market direct their questions straight to Blizzard for the exact launch timetable.

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All in all, it seems we’ll be able to get our hands on Immortal by October or November at the latest.

Diablo Immortal gameplay

Blizzard has already published a gameplay trailer, which shows us a glimpse of what we can expect from the upcoming title. The graphics look impressive and manage to transfer a vibe similar to what we see in Diablo 3, which is certainly a good thing.

On the off chance that you haven’t seen the trailer (but seriously, you must have been living under a rock if you haven’t), here it is:

The trailer showcases 6 playable classes, all of which are familiar to Diablo fans: Barbarian, Crusader, Demon Hunter, Monk, Wizard, and Necromancer. Several cool abilities from Diablo 3 are featured here as well, such as the Barbarian’s Leap, the Necromancer’s Skeleton Summons, and the Crusader’s Steed Charge. The animations look pretty polished, the visual effects are cool, and character models are well-designed. From what we know so far, the story of Immortal will take place between Diablo 2 and 3, so we might get to revisit some locations from those games as well.

Diablo Immortal multiplayer

As you can see, Diablo Immortal will have multiplayer elements, which appear to be entirely optional and function in the same manner as Diablo 3.

However, it seems that this time we can have up to 10 players teaming up to overcome various bosses and special levels in the game. This number exceeds the 6 classes available in the game (so far), so there probably won’t be any limitation to classes when it comes to multiplayer.

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What’s even more interesting is that Diablo Immortal is going to be an MMORPG (at least in part). There will be an open world setting in which players can meet and interact with others. Westmarch – the starting point of Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls – will make a return, and this time it will function as a central hub in which players can gather to find groups or conducting other businesses such as crafting and upgrading gear.

This is certain to shake things up big time. Surely this isn’t the Diablo MMORPG that many were expecting for years, but this is what we are going to get. Hopefully, the MMO aspect would not have too big of an impact the overall experience of Immortal and those who wish to could still enjoy the game to its full extent while playing in single player.

Of course, there is not much official information yet, and a lot of what we’ve just discussed are just speculations. Still, we know one thing for certain: Diablo Immortal is on the horizon, and it brings many things worth trying.