The gaming company responsible for fan favorites like World of Warcraft, Overwatch, and Hearthstone faced a fiery response when they announced a new addition to their Diablo franchise. Blizzard Entertainment revealed the mobile MMO Diablo Immortal at Blizzcon, a move that has received decidedly heated reactions from fans.
The game, which takes place between Diablo 2 and Diablo 3 in the timeline, offers six classes (Necromancer, Wizard, Demon Hunter, Barbarian, Monk, and Crusader) that fans can use to grind their way through endless mobs and collect better and better loot. There’s also a gameplay trailer to get audiences jazzed to hunt demons:
But that’s not what fans are unhappy about. Blizzard said that it had “multiple Diablo projects in the works,” back in August, which, of course, led fans to overreact and spread wild rumors that a full-blown sequel was going to be announced at Blizzcon. When gamers unwrapped their present to find Diablo Immortal instead of Diablo 4, it didn't go terribly well.
That trailer? It has 1.6M views, with a ratio of 11K likes to 169K dislikes as of this posting. A slur combining the gaming company’s name with a derogatory term for those with intellectual disabilities is prevalent among many of the comments. The subreddit’s response has called the game’s announcement “worse than nothing” amidst claims that the company is removing dislikes and comments from the trailer.
Twitter is full of angry gamers as well you might imagine. Some applaud audience members that called the game’s announcement an “out-of-season April Fool’s joke,” while others simply used memes to voice their disappointment:
Blizzard has responded to the outrage, comparing the initial reaction to that of the company’s incredibly popular mobile card game Hearthstone and saying that “We still have multiple Diablo teams working on multiple unannounced Diablo projects. Diablo is a tentpole franchise for us. And it always will be. We love it. We hope our fans understand what we’re saying when we say that.”
Whether this anger will remain after fans actually get a chance to play the game they’re complaining about remains to be seen, as the game has yet to set an official release date.