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IGN conducted an interview with Blizzard President J. Allen Brack about lessons learned from the Diablo Immortal reveal.
The reveal of Diablo Immortal at last year's BlizzCon sparked discontent within the PC community. Allen Adham later confirmed that Blizzard was developing mobile titles for all their IPs. While Diablo 4 has been reportedly in development since 2016, Blizzard isn't planning to release any major titles this year aside from Classic and Warcraft III Reforged.
J. Allen Brack talked to IGN about the Diablo Immortal reveal, mainly how Blizzard failed to articulate that they were a PC gaming company and weren't shifting away from PC. They brought many titles to console and Diablo III to Switch. Mobile is a really popular platform and they just want to expand and deliver Blizzard-quality games to it.
Diablo Immortal's release date still remains unknown, even though the game is ready from a co-developer perspective, according to NetEase.
Check out the full IGN interview here.
Diablo Immortal is pretty much ready, according to NetEase and Blizzard is putting finishing touches to the game. What remains still unknown is the monetization model of the mobile title and today, we're looking at a leaked screenshot from a meeting between Blizzard and NetEase.
Even though the picture is quite old, it's the only sign of a possible monetization model for the upcoming mobile title we have to this day.
In the picture, we can see Li Yang, Diablo Immortal Producer for NetEase and Blizzard's Wyatt Cheng. Redditor Ikeda_kouji says what we're seeing on the display is a currency, which can be purchased to increase the chance of item upgrades (Veiled Crystal) not to fail.
Apparently, you'll be able to upgrade items in the game, and with increasing ranks, the chance for upgrades to fail increases. Just think of Legendary Gems from Diablo 3, where you have a 1% chance to upgrade them when running low level Greater Rifts.
Veiled Crystals are here to reduce or completely eliminate the chance of upgrades failing and they are a potential Diablo Immortal currency.
Image courtesy of Ikeda_kouji (Source)
The image was posted and later taken down from the NetEase's website, according to this Taiwanese blog.