Daniel Ahmad, who covers gaming news in China and Asia markets tweeted that Blizzard Entertainment confirmed a booth at ChinaJoy 2020 through July 31-Aug 3.
The past two Activision Blizzard financial results conference calls, they have told the shareholders that Diablo Immortal regional testing was on track for launch mid-2020.
June was literally the mid of the year. Nothing happened. That’s gone. Missed.
In terms of quarters, the mid of the year is a range of two months: June and July; plus the half of two additional months: May and August.
Sarah Tudor announced in her Twitter account that she has joined Blizzard Entertainment as Diablo Immortal Test Analyst.
Sarah has experience in digital sculpting and illustration — graduated from Illinois State University in 2016. She has worked in game/mobile development since then for Indie and AAA studios.
She was Quality Assurance Analyst for God of War (2018).
- Lead QA Artist — Maple Media (Los Angeles, CA – 2018-2020)
- Quality Assurance Analyst — Santa Monica Studio (Greater Los Angeles, CA – July 2018 – Sept 2018)
- Art Quality Assurance — Deep Silver Volition (Illinois – Aug 2016 – Sept 2017)
As players, we are used to Blizzard Entertainment launching Alpha and Beta testing for PC only, and when the game goes live, there is a PC/Mac launch.
On day one (Nov 2, 2018) Blizzard Entertainment made available pre-registrations for a chance to be invited to test Diablo Immortal Beta. The official website says:
“Pre-register on Google Play today. Coming soon to the App Store for iPhone.”
However, the App Store button is grayed out. So the common sense to think here is that after the last couple of Activision Blizzard financial conference calls revealed plans for Regional Testing of Diablo Immortal by Mid 2020 — that it would be for Android.
Just a few days ago, Julien Blary (@Nari_Ju) — the guy who claimed to have sources telling him about Diablo II: Resurrected at Actugaming.net tweeted an update on June 29th… something intriguing about Diablo Immortal.
A few days ago, Rhykker uploaded a video explaining a recent discovery buried in the Battle.net directories. The link is not public within your account page, but the file exists.
This file is a Diablo II downloader, but it is named differently than the normal Diablo II downloader. In fact, the file attempts to download the installer, but doesn’t find it.
A few weeks ago, I posted an article after an intriguing job opening appeared in the Blizzard Careers portal under the Classic Games category.
The “Senior Technical Artist, Characters” job opening had a peculiar wording: “Help manage external vendors.” This led me to believe that it might refer to Diablo II: Resurrected, because of the external game studios: Vicarious Visions.
A Blizzplanet follower, Ivenend, sent me a message. After the Blizzard Careers page overhaul last week, that same job opening now says the game title for which the Senior Technical Artist, Characters is going to work for.
Blizzard Entertainment now sells a Diablo Lord of Terror 10″ Bust for $139.99 for the Diablo II 20th Anniversary.
Diablo III players who login during the Diablo II 20th Anniversary (June 29, 2020) will be greeted with a Feat of Strength: Primeval Evils Achievement that rewards the Prime Evil Wings. (thanks, Ivenend)
Diablo Immortal has been available for pre-registration since its announcement on November 2, 2018.
Ever since, you would only find the Diablo Immortal app by typing the title in the search box.
Even though you could pre-register by searching for the app, Diablo Immortal was not listed in the Pre-Registration Games list within the Google Play UI.
Diablo Immortal was added to this list somewhere between Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27th (noon) — range of time since last I checked Google Play.
Rich Bantegui announced in his Twitter account that he joined Blizzard Entertainment as new Diablo Community Manager.
Rich has 10 years of experience in the gaming industry holding various positions: