Diablo 2 producer spoke about Diablo: Immortal

Diablo has a special place in almost all of the players hearts. Because the series was one of the first RPG’s that make player feel they can improve and get better. But after the Diablo 3 release, players were disappointed because the game was not good nor deep enough for the Diablo fans. After several update and a big expansion pack, the game become ok but still, Diablo fans demanding more and more content.

Diablo 2 Producer spoke about Diablo: Immortal

But it seems they will not get what they want to. Two days ago, Blizzard announced the next Diablo game, Diablo: Immortal. But they also announced that the game will be only playable on mobile phones and tablets. So players get angry and announcement trailer of the Diablo: Immortal become one of the most disliked videos of YouTube. And today, former producer of Diablo II Mark Kern also speaks out about Diablo: Immortal, he said from his Twitter account: 

“Blizzard gamers are not smugly “entitled.” Nor are they toxic, and they most certainly are not made about a mobile version of Diablo because they hates the wemyzn (the craziest blue-check theory I’ve seen so far). 

Since I was producer on Diablo 2, a lot of people have been asking for my thoughts on the whole “Diablo Immortal” fiasco. I hate to say it, but what you are seeing is Blizzard not understanding gamers anymore. 

There is nothing wrong with having a mobile version of Diablo. In fact, I would have wanted one as an option. But the way it was hinted at, and presented, and the failure of Blizzard management to predict the backlash caught me my surprise.

Blizzard used to be really gamer driven. Blizzard coyly played up the Diablo hype, which is a good move, but failed to anticipate that their PC based audience was going to expect…well…a PC based announcement. And that following all that hype up with a *different* product is a huge bait-n-switch feeling moment. 

Blizzard has said now, that they are working on multiple Diablo projects. They really should have dropped a teaser for their PC based project alongside their mobile announcement if that’s the case. “

Murat Oktay

Video games have been my passion for as long as I can remember. I have been writing and managing in the game industry for more than 30 years. I've been playing Diablo 2 nonstop since it first came out.

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