We’re a few days into Diablogate and for all intents and purposes, the dust has started to settle. Since Blizzard announced the seemingly cursed mobile title Diablo Immortal last week at BlizzCon 2018, we’ve heard from all interested parties. We’ve heard from the hardcore Diablo fans that feel spurned, the ex-Blizzard producer that thinks Blizzard dug its own grave, and the developers themselves that have continually stressed that multiple Diablo projects are in the works. All of these narratives came to a head earlier today when Kotaku reported that Diablo 4 is real and was initially part of the Blizzard’s BlizzCon presentation. Of course, because no part of this story is simple, Blizzard refuted this report, stating, “we can say that we didn’t pull any announcements from BlizzCon this year or have plans for other announcements.”
The entirety of Diablogate has, above all, been a giant PR disaster. Whether or not you personally find Blizzard culpable for Diablo Immortal‘s backlash, it remains clear that the controversy surrounding the game has ultimately cast an ominous shadow over the game. In the face of this controversy, as Blizzard faces a marketing crisis, one upcoming game has already attempted to appeal to frustrated Diablo fans.
Earlier today Warhammer: Chaosbane, an upcoming action-RPG that looks incredibly similar to Diablo, took a jab at Diablo Immortal on Twitter. Posting an image that included the text “Warhammer: Chaosbane is Not Coming to Mobile,” the tweet reads, “Experience Warhammer: Chaosbane the way it’s meant to be played on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2019.”
— Warhammer: Chaosbane (@WHChaosbane) November 5, 2018
The replies are as spicy as you’d imagine. Scrolling through the 274 (and counting) replies to Warhammer: Chaosbane‘s tweet you’ll mostly find reaction images, memes, and one Twitter user evoking Warhammer to state that “mobile games are for chaos heretics.”
Regardless of how you feel about Diablo Immortal, sometimes you just have to appreciate a good dunk when you see one.