TLDR: Blizzard is set to release Diablo Immortal in just a couple of days. The plan was to have a global release, but relatively recent loot box laws in Belgium and the Netherlands prompted the developer to remove the game from those regions rather than change the mechanics.

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Diablo Immortal is a free version of the mega-popular game series. developed for mobile devices and PC. Dutch news outlet Tweakers notes that players from the two regions were previously able to pre-register for the game. However, this option is inexplicable disappeared back in April when Blizzard announced the release date.

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A post on the Diablo Immortal subreddit last week confirmed that players from the Netherlands and Belgium will not be able to download the game in their respective countries. He also explained that due to the strict gambling laws in these regions that ban video games with loot box mechanics, they cannot even download a game from a neighboring country like France.

“Loot boxes [sic] in-game are against the laws of your country,” a Blizzard support rep said in an interview with Redditor asking about the change. “If gambling restrictions do not change, the game will not be released in the Netherlands and Belgium. if you are [do] launch the game, I can’t guarantee you won’t get banned for it.”

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Previously, Blizzard did not ban players who bypassed regional restrictions. His general philosophy seems to be: “If you can make it work, go for it.” However, it’s not certain that it won’t take action, especially if regulators find out that players are bootlegging the game.

In 2018, Blizzard, EA and other developers has stopped the sale of loot boxes in Belgium is under threat from regulators, who have recognized the mechanic as a game of chance, which is prohibited by law. Nintendo was also among a group of other studios that pulled out games with RNG awards from both regions in 2019. Sad news for those looking forward to playing Diablo Immortal in these countries.

However, Blizzard may change its mind and remove loot boxes if there is another way. monetize. Diablo fans were not very susceptible to the idea of ​​a free gacha version of your favorite franchise. So if the developers see this isn’t taking hold, they may move to an in-game store model where players can purchase specific items rather than relying on chance. But don’t hold your breath on this.

Diablo Immortal launches for iOS, Android, and PC this Thursday, June 2nd.