Diablo: Immortal is now coming to PC as well as mobile – and it will arrive for both platforms on June 2.
The MMO was originally announced solely for Android and iOS, but Blizzard Entertainment revealed in a blog post that a PC port will be released in open beta alongside the mobile version.
Cross-play and cross-progression will be available immediately on both versions, meaning players on mobile can play with those on PC, and users can continue their gameplay seamlessly when switching platforms. Classic mouse and keyboard support will be available on the PC version, alongside controller support.
Blizzard said in another blog post dedicated to the PC version’s development that, for long-time fans, the port “will feel a little different from other PC Diablo games” as it originally only planned to make the game for mobile.
The PC version is therefore “an experiment”, which is why its only launching in beta and not as a full version. “It is important for us to assure you that Immortal will deliver an uncompromised AAA mobile experience when played on Windows PC,” the post said.
Blizzard decided to make this version when it decided that many fans would try and emulate the mobile game on PC anyway, and would rather make a fully functioning, native version than see players struggle through a substandard experience.
Diablo: Immortal was announced at BlizzCon 2018 and was rumoured to release on June 30 after a date appeared to those who pre-registered for the game on Apple devices.
It was almost immediately met with negative fan reception due to its mobile-only plans and then-Blizzard Entertainment president J. Allen Brack said the company learned that “fundamentally our roots are PC” as a result of the reveal.
However, once the game hit alpha, we called it a hell of a good time, even if it did come with some problems.
Brack stepped down from the his position after Activision Blizzard was hit with a discrimination and harassment lawsuit from the state of California last year, the first in a long series of accusations that have since been made against the company.
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