Tomorrow it’s officially time: Blizzard’s free mobile game for Android, iOS and PC will be released with Diablo Immortal. But on iOS and Android it is (sometimes) already starting today. ComputerBase has summarized everything important – from content and gameplay to crossplay to monetization and the system requirements.
Release after three and a half years
The announcement of Diablo Immortal at BlizzCon 2018 should still be well remembered by many readers. Fueled by previous rumors, fans expected a polished remaster version of an already released Diablo title or even a Diablo IV. Instead, Blizzard announced a mobile game. The atmosphere at the Anaheim Convention Center was overwhelming. “Do you guys not have phones?‘ was one developer’s headline-grabbing, clumsy response, which in turn begged the memorable question, ‘Is this an out of season april fools joke?“ provoked. A shit storm followed – and it was far from the last for Blizzard in recent years. Diablo Immortal has been pushed back to 2022.
The surprise followed at the end of April: Diablo Immortal will be released on June 2, 2022 – not only for Android and iOS, but also for PC. The official starting signal will be given simultaneously on Thursday at 7 p.m. worldwide. Blizzard is already offering a preload for PC players after they have registered.
iOS and Android get off to a flying start
The Play Store and App Store already allow downloading, according to Blizzard, you should play “in some regions” already go. The editors can confirm this for Germany under iOS.
Today at 14:00 (CEST) the pre-release of Diablo Immortal for iOS and Android has started. Some regions will then already get access to the full game. The official worldwide release of Diablo Immortal is still on June 2nd at 19:00 (CEST). At that time, the PC version will also be released in an open beta.
Blizzard to launch on iOS and Android
The following lines should give an overview one day before the release of the free-to-play title and answer frequently asked questions.
What kind of game is Diablo Immortal?
Diablo Immortal is an action MMORPG, i.e. a multiplayer role-playing game with fast gameplay and PvE focus – but there should also be PvP elements. The title is located between the two classic ARPG offshoots Diablo II: Lord of Destruction and Diablo III. However, Blizzard promises new characters and storylines. In the campaign, players embark on a journey through a total of eight different areas, which Blizzard says takes at least 10 hours. But there are many more levels and side missions, and more content will be added over time.
What classes are there?
Players can choose from six classes in Diablo Immortal at the beginning. There’s the melee-focused Barbarian class with tanking and healing elements, the crossbow-equipped ranged Demon Hunter class, and the Crusader, whose specialty is melee splash damage. Also worth mentioning is the Monk, another but more agile melee class, and the Necromancer, which is a ranged magical unit with the eponymous summoning abilities. Last but not least, the sorceress, who also has the ability to teleport, also offers magical long-distance damage.
How many players play together?
In principle, players can also make their journey alone, but then they will eventually reach their limits. Dungeons are designed for four participants, raids for eight. The plan is for players to team up with other members of their clan. Diablo Immortal also offers a group search. Nonetheless, there are additional rewards if a squad of eight plays together multiple times. In addition, raids for four times twelve players are possible. In PvP, eight versus eight fight.
Are there differences between the PC and mobile versions?
According to Blizzard, there will be no differences between the PC and mobile versions of Diablo Immortal, at least initially. An exception is the controller. The game is played on the PC using a mouse and keyboard or controller, while players on mobile devices can use the touchscreen or a gamepad. In addition, the resolution on the PC is higher, but there are also sharper textures on selected iPads.
Gameplay differences should not exist – at least for the time being, because Blizzard reserves the right to make adjustments. Diablo Immortal will initially be released for the PC as part of an open beta test phase, so the game is still in development and balancing changes are quite possible. The focus, in turn, is on the mobile version; the PC version is only to be understood as a bonus and a concession to the harsh criticism.
Is there crossplay?
Diablo Immortal offers crossplay between all three platforms, so that, for example, iOS users can play together with PC players. In addition, Blizzard enables cross-saves and cross-progression. This means players can freely switch between the PC and mobile versions of Diablo Immortal, taking their saves and progress with them. On the PC, this also applies to the change from the beta to the finished release version, for which there is sometimes no date yet. The only condition of all of this is that players have a Battle.net account and are therefore logged in on all platforms.
How’s the monetization going?
Since Diablo Immortal is basically a free-to-play game, many interested parties share the concern about aggressive monetization via microtransactions. Blizzard appeases and points out that the title can actually be played without purchases from the start to the end of the campaign. All areas are accessible free of charge and there is also no “pay to win”. There is also no monetized energy or endurance system, so there is no need to fear a limit to the daily playing time.
Instead, you can buy cosmetic content, among other things, via an in-game shop, and you can also speed up progress. For real money, for example, there is more loot or a higher probability of getting rare items. A “Battle Pass” can also be purchased, but is also available in a free version. Nonetheless, players who have already tried Diablo Immortal have come to the conclusion that microtransactions, especially in the late game, will be necessary if players want to own the best possible gear while maintaining reasonable play time. In particular, competitive min-maxing then goes into the money.
It should also be noted that Diablo Immortal will not be playable in the Netherlands and Belgium at the time of release, as it was initially tweakers reported. The stricter legal situation there on gambling elements in video games is obviously pushing Blizzard to take this step. Whether this is done out of mere caution or is of a definitive nature remains to be seen for the time being.
How are first impressions?
Contrary to fears about the announcement at the end of 2018, first impressions from closed alpha and beta test phases certainly give hope for a fun experience, as can be read in the Diablo subreddit. Diablo Immortal is surprisingly good, especially the fast gameplay and animations are often praised. But the touch control on mobile devices also works surprisingly well. The Crusader class, which is perceived to be above average, is well suited for beginners, while the Sorceress is comparatively weak.
What are the system requirements?
Players with Diablo Immortal hardly have to worry about their own hardware, the official system requirements are – as was to be expected with a mobile game – low. On the PC, Blizzard specifies an AMD FX-8100 or Intel Core i3 as the minimum requirement, as well as at least 4 GB of RAM and a graphics processor at the level of an ATI Radeon HD 6850, Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 or Intel HD Graphics 530. Diablo Immortal requires Windows 7 or newer for the operating system, and a permanent internet connection is also required. Players will also need 24GB of free storage space and at least a Full HD resolution screen.
Again, an AMD Ryzen 5 or Intel Core i5, 8 GB of RAM and an AMD Radeon RX 470 or Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 are recommended – this is also anything but high-end hardware.
Blizzard also gives official system requirements for smartphones and tablets. Basically, there are no major hurdles here either, only the memory requirement, which only becomes apparent at second glance, is considerable for mobile devices. It should be noted that the information initially given in the Play Store or App Store about the storage requirement of around 3 GB is far too low, since it does not take into account a patch that is absolutely necessary for playing. This is automatically downloaded after starting Diablo Immortal for the first time.
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