A Blend of Old and New
The announcement of Diablo 4 was a welcome surprise to ARPG fans last year, but that isn't the only Diablo game in development. A new Diablo Immortal trailer has debuted at ChinaJoy 2020 and this mobile adaptation of the classic PC ARPG doesn't look half bad.
Let's get right to it — check out the new Diablo Immortal trailer for yourself below.
New Diablo Immortal trailer from ChinaJoy 2020.— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) July 31, 2020
The game is now available for pre-registration in China. Planned for release on iOS and Android. pic.twitter.com/VOH1qHQDwM
This new trailer is in Chinese, but that won't matter to Western audiences as it largely focuses on gameplay. We get to see each of the game's classes in action, using their various abilities to cut through armies of demons and monsters.
Interestingly, we also get to see close-up, high-quality images of the various heroes. While it's not quite up to par with PC standards, the visual style of these characters makes for a nice mix between the classic style of Diablo 2 and the more cartoony stylings of Diablo 3.
Where is This New Diablo Immortal Trailer From?
As Niko Partners Senior Analyst Daniel Ahmad reports, this new trailer is from ChinaJoy 2020. While there have been dozens of conventions and events canceled in the last several months due to the coronavirus pandemic, ChinaJoy is one of the few gaming events that is going on as planned — and Blizzard Entertainment (along with its local partner NetEase) has a physical presence there.
While ChinaJoy does have an online stream, the organizers have laid out extensive countermeasures to minimize any risk to is attendees. These measures include attendee registration, temperature testing, and staggered distribution of popular areas to reduce the number of large crowds congregating in any one area.
When is the Diablo Immortal Release Date?
Let's be real — most of us are probably looking forward to Diablo 4 more than Diablo Immortal. That said, this new trailer shows a game that's progressing well in development and it might not be half bad. When can we play it?
Unfortunately, there isn't really any news on when this game will be coming out to mobile devices just yet. Presumably, the Chinese and Asian release is going to be coming first — China has a much stronger mobile market, after all. That said, the game's official English website does indicate that it will eventually make its way West. Like most Blizzard games, we'll probably get it when it's done.
While the initial reveal of this game wasn't that well-received in the West, this new Diablo Immortal trailer shows that it still gets many of the fundamentals right. We can't say for sure whether or not it will live up to the franchise's gameplay until we get our hands on it. Hopefully, that day will come sooner rather than later.
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