With Diablo Immortal available in the wild for everyone to play, it's natural that some beginners and newcomers to the franchise might be a little hesitant. Even with the free-to-play aspect, there's a lot of history to comb through if you were so inclined. Diablo is a long-running series, so do you need to play other games before this one? Don't worry, we'll help you out.
Do I need to play other Diablo games before Diablo Immortal?
Fortunately, Diablo Immortal is perfectly accessible to anyone that hasn't played a Diablo game before. In fact, there's an extremely strong argument to be made that this great iOS game is actually the best place to start for anyone new to Diablo. There are a few reasons for this.
First off, despite having a solid single-player story with characters like Deckard Cain that veterans will recognize, Diablo Immortal takes place in a time frame that hasn't been seen before. It's set five years after the events of Diablo 2 which saw the destruction of the Worldstone, which is also 15 years before the return of the titular Diablo in Diablo 3.
On top of that, the game's controls and layout are the most accessible the franchise has ever been. While Diablo Immortal supports controllers, there are also excellent touch controls, so it's easy to just whip out and play, regardless of whether you're enjoying it for 20 minutes or three hours. Auto-navigation, UI sizing, and other accessibility options mean Diablo Immortal can be adjusted for a more comfortable experience in a way other Diablo games can't.
If you're concerned about finding the right class to enjoy quickly, you don't need to fret. There are six different classes in Diablo Immortal to choose from right now, and while beginners may have more luck with a couple of them, there's something for everyone.
Even outside of the game's control scheme, the systems here aren't anywhere near as complicated as the builds in Diablo 2 or even the more casual Diablo 3. Finally, it's a free-to-play game. While you can pay to get some extras like more Crests or unique cosmetics, you don't have to spend any money to get ahead in Diablo Immortal.
Dive in and have fun
Diablo Immortal is only going to grow over time, so regardless of whether it's your first time with the series or you've played since the very first game, it's sure to be an experience that will be enjoyable. If you're a beginner in Diablo Immortal, we have some tips and tricks to help you out. With future expansions, regions, bosses, and features on the way, it's going to get better from here.
A great place to start
Diablo Immortal was designed to appeal to everyone, regardless of experience. If you've never played a Diablo game before, this is a great place to start.
Grab some extras
Save up for cosmetics
While you don't have to spend any money to enjoy Diablo Immortal, anyone interested in buying some cosmetics can grab a gift card or two to save up for the right set.
Samuel Tolbert is a freelance gaming writer who started working for iMore and its sister sites Windows Central and Android Central in July 2019. He handles news, previews, reviews, and exclusive original reporting, and has also been featured on TechRadar.
With a background studying engineering before he shifted his focus to gaming journalism, he's skilled at identifying technical advantages and disadvantages provided by different hardware. If he’s not writing something, he’s off playing video games, spending time with his pets, exercising, or reading. He's also fond of trying to draw things with his iPad.
I recommend playing Diablo 3, which is available for Mac and for Switch (though I wish the UI could be adjusted in handheld mode) and has zero microtransactions.
"you don't have to spend any money to get ahead in Diablo Immortal." You can use in-game gold to purchase one legendary crest each month, but purchasing additional crests requires spending real money. This effectively makes the game pay-to-win for endgame and PvP. Of course it's more like gamble-to-win, as demonstrated by the streamer spent NZ$10000 and didn't get a single 5-Star Legendary Gem.
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