The mobile game Diablo Immortal was supposed to be released sometime this year, but Blizzard has delayed its release until next year. The game should be released for smartphones sometime in the first half of next year.
Blizzard writes that it plans to make some gameplay improvements based on feedback from a closed alpha session. That requires adjustments that make a release in 2021 no longer possible, says the developer. A release in the first six months of next year will give Blizzard the opportunity to make improvements for the entire game.
For example, the developer says players wanted more long-term PvE goals. Based on this, there will be new PvE raids, among other things. Players also indicated that they wanted to see more activities to enrich the social experience in the game. Adjustments are also being made in the field of PvP, such as the Battleground system, in which players can test their heroes in battles against each other.
Blizzard also wants to use the extra time to build in support for controllers. According to the developer, this requires some effort, especially to seamlessly adapt a touch-sensitive screen such as that of a smartphone to a controller. Blizzard says that this support is also intended to make the game more accessible. The developer will reveal more about progress on this point in a future beta session.
Diablo Immortal will be a free-to-play title. The story, the different classes and the gameplay are free and there is no limit on playing time or progression. Players can, for example, buy battle passes. Equipment and weapons must be collected by players in the game and are not for sale.