But while Blizzard has certainly acted shocked by the outrage that came with their announcement, it seems they’re quite the gluttons for punishment: because Blizzard co-founder Allen Adham, in talking on a Korean youtube channel, admitted that Diablo Immortal is just the first of many future mobile games Blizzard is planning to launch.
"Many of us over the last few years have shifted from playing primarily desktop to playing many hours on mobile, and we have many of our best developers now working on new mobile titles across all of our IPs. Some of them are with external partners like Diablo Immortal. Many of them are being developed internally only, and we'll have information to share on those in the future…”
"I will say also that we have more new products in development today at Blizzard than we've ever had in our history, and our future is very bright."
He went on to repeat the refrain that Blizzard has been saying ever since Diablo Immortal was announced: that despite this new mobile push, Blizzard has several teams working on several projects, including good ol’ fashioned PC games for their core audience.
Is that actually reassuring, though? It’s hard to tell right now. I imagine if people discover Diablo Immortal is fair with the money and full of fun content, the discontent will be eased, but then: Blizzard does not have a good record with fair monetization. So it’s very possible that this unease could last long-term.
But there’s no way to know right now.