Around May 27th, 2022—when Blizzard Entertainment was preparing for Diablo Immortal’s release on the Android, iOS, and PC platforms—some of the game files of Diablo Immortal were shared on social channels like Twitter and Reddit that highlighted a few facial recognition related DLL files. 

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After this, many Diablo Immortal enthusiasts were worrying why facial recognition files were found in Diablo Immortal? To clear this query out, we prepared a handy article that talks about facial recognition files found inside the Diablo Immortal game files. 

Why Are Facial Recognition Files Found in Diablo Immortal?

According to Diablo Immortal Global Community Lead Adam Fletcher, the facial recognition files namely FaceDetector.dll, FacialAnalyser.dll, and LandmarkTracker.dll, found in Diablo Immortal’s game directory were a part of a “now” discarded feature that was supposed to make characters mimic the player’s facial movements and expressions. 

However, as per Fletcher, the feature didn’t receive a green light as it didn’t meet the quality standards. 

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After looking into the respective DLL files while checking out a myriad of threads and posts, we learned some of the DLL files, including the Facial Analyser and the Landmark Tracker are a part of Nvidia’s augmented reality SDK file used by developers to implement AR-related functionalities in their games. 

This fits with what Adam Fletcher wrote in his tweet, “So I went to check on this. We were once working on a feature allowing your character to mimic your facial motions and expressions but we deprecated that as we thought the feature did not meet our quality standards.”

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Seeing all this, we can say that Diablo Immortal is by no means tracking your face or any other such thing. But, then again, we are not a part of Blizzard Entertainment, and we do not know 100% what and which form of data they track and what not. However, based on our findings, we can say that Diablo Immortal is safe to play. You don’t have to worry about any data leak or any such things. 

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Diablo Immortal is a massively multiplayer roleplaying game currently available on the Android, iOS, and PC platforms. 

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Why Are Facial Recognition Files Found in Diablo Immortal? – Answered

2 COMMENTS

  1. “we can say that Diablo Immortal is by no means tracking your face or any other such thing”

    … one sentence later …

    “we do not know what and which form of data they track and what not”

    • Hi,

      That was taken out of context. The first statement is based on the Tweet that Adam shared and we are cross-verifying it. While the second statement is to let people know that even if Blizzard has explained why facial recognition files were present, we do not know 100% about what data they collect and what not.

      I hope this clears the misunderstanding.

      Thanks
      Hritwik Raj

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