Diablo Immortal release delayed in China, knocking NetEase stock down 7%

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Diablo Immortal Developer NetEase confirmed today that the game’s release in China has been delayed.

“We are sorry to inform you that Diablo: Immortals the launch scheduled for June 23 will be delayed,” a message from the Chinese official Diablo Immortal the website reads. “The development team is working on a number of game optimizations – better device support for a wider range of models, maximum graphics quality on more models, a number of experience optimizations , network and performance and more.”

NetEase also pointed out that it believes the gaming experience Diablo Immortal can provide players “will be smoother when officially launched”, which could potentially bring better game content to players.

The company didn’t give a new release date for the game in China, but the delay has already caused NetEase in Hong Kong to drop 7%. The change in the game’s release schedule follows Chinese social media platform Weibo’s announcement that it has banned the official account of Diablo Immortal due to “violation of related laws and regulations”.

Diablo Immortal Also won’t launch in Belgium and the Netherlands due to their strict enforcement of loot box laws. Gambling is also prohibited in these countries due to several gambling restrictions.

The game will continue its release this June 22 for countries such as Indonesia, Macao, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand. An open beta version for PC in Vietnam is also planned on the same date.

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