Diablo Immortal brings Blizzard's dungeon crawler to mobile

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Familiar character classes like the Barbarian, Necromancer, Demon Hunter, Wizard, Crusader, and my boy the Monk return for loot-earning heroics. The game will introduce new abilities, new zones, and new dungeons. The result will likely be a mobile MMORPG that has insane incentives for making in-game purchases, along with a story that fits between Diablo II: Lord of Destruction and Diablo III on the timeline.

As you charge through Diablo III's five story acts, you'll collect gear from Sanctuary's furthest reaches, including legendary items that change your entire playstyle and armor sets that provide dynamic bonuses as you uncover more pieces. More classes post-launch are planned, with developers hinting at Diablo 2's Assassin and Diablo 3's Witch Doctor. Blizzard promises that Diablo: Immortal will give fans of the franchise an authentic action-RPG "hack and slash" gameplay experience on smartphones and tablets. It takes the action role-playing franchise to smaller screens for the first time. Shortly after the announcement, the team took questions from the audience. One audience member asked if it was an "out of season April Fool's joke".

Diablo Immortal is planned to release "when it's done" exclusively on iOS and Android devices.

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"Our mobile phones are super powerful super computers", Blizzard's Wyatt Cheng said.

Diablo: Immortal - which Blizzard is co-developing with NetEase - is no mere port of any previous Diablo PC or console game. When used in the game the amiibo will apparently allow you to "summon your own portal to untold riches".

Announcements of a brand-new, smartphone-only Diablo and a remastered WarCraft 3 headlined a news-filled BlizzCon keynote presentation on Friday.

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