Blizzard reportedly had Diablo 4 ready to announce at Blizzcon, but pulled it at the last moment

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  1. Digs

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    I'm not a Diablo fan myself, would love to be don't have the time to learn the series, but this is so sad, and frankly, so stupid. How could a company be so detached from their own player base to announce a game in the faces of the probably the most unbending, hardcore gamers on the planet. Blizzard fans are in a league of their own when it comes to fandoms. I'm sure it was only a PR move to get the game out there as investor bait, but if it wasn't, sheesh.
     
  2. CSpiritsong

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    Consider this one historical fact. Just one historical fact.

    All Diablo games has always, with exception of Diablo Immortal, been released FIRST on the PC platform, before other platforms.

    Now with Diablo Immortal, its an AndroidOS & IOS release only, with possible Nintendo Switch release. One fan (who identifies himself as "Fluffy" asked "will this ever be launched on the PC), Wyatt Chang said that there are no plans to release on the PC.


    If you call that "entitled", go do yourself a favour and go watch YongYea (a youtuber) on his views on this.

    If despite all that, you still think its "entitlement", then you're definitely not looking at the gamer-publisher relationship as a reciprocal relationship (or a two way relationship)
    Let me put it this way. Huawei made announcement that their phones are far superior compared to Nintendo Switch when it comes to graphic prowess. Let's take that on face value. Second, look at the incredible job that Blizzard did to port Diablo 3 onto a portable gaming console called Nintendo Switch. Even Rhykker (a youtuber that does content very focused on Diablo) made comments on how he was surprised and impressed with what Blizzard did for Diablo 3 in Nintendo Switch (considering that he even says "I'm a PC master race, no offense."). Third, look at the retardly abysmal quality of the gameplay of Diablo Immortal (sans the cutscene) and compare it with other games that Blizzard's partner (called NetEase) had developed. Going by the "legendary" reputation that Blizzard built for shelving "low quality" games (even when its so developed that it was on the verge of release), a lot of things do not add up. A heck lot of things don't add up.

    I've also given my thoughts in a similar thread, but I won't copy and paste the same thing. Suffice to say, the rage and indignity suffered by the Diablo fans who paid to visit Blizzcon is very well justified, and their concerns are very much valid.
     
  3. BORTZ

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    I wonder if this would have gone over better if there was a Diable 4 announcement as well as a cross play or cross account play-ability with mobile devices. Focusing on a mobile game instead of giving hardcore PC/Console fans a true sequel after 6 1/2 years seems like a bad idea.
     
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    Back with kitty Zelda forever :D
    even if they did, fans will always finds something to complain about
    You know how they are... fans...
     
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    I mean sure. I dont doubt that.

    Personally, I have played a bit of Diablo. I am no mega fan who has dumped years of time into the game like many have, but even with what I have played, I feel like being able to play on pc/console, and then pull out your phone somewhere and play for a few minutes on the train or bus or what have you, would be pretty neat.
     
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  6. Captain_Smek

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    I'd pull some Diablo 4 news out of my ass too if I was blizz lol! What the fuck were they thinking? I feel awful for the people who paid to go see a fucking mobile game announcement of their favourite PC franchise. I've sunk thousands of hours into Diablo and after the shitstorm they caused and luckily after time somewhat fixed with Diablo 3, you'd think they would start to give a shit about their main market.
     
  7. YOUCANTSTOPME

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    I'll take it more seriously it is actually announced by Blizzard.

    Never played the first one but D2 and D3 were great games.
     
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  8. dimmidice

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    Backpedaling. "Oh we were gonna commit to PC release but then didn't last second" is basically saying you're committing to a PC release without actually committing. It's all PR.
     
  9. Tigran

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    I would agree I'd it was the companies doing it. But it's not, it's fan conspiracy theories. "Oh blizzard had Diablo 4 but pulled it! " and "Oh! Nintendo WAS going to show Isaac but changed him to Isabella! "

    I guess it's because people can't handle reality.
     
  10. the_randomizer

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    "Bu..but muh mobile game market....don't you guys have phones?"

    Please.
     
  11. Kigiru

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    Kotaku and other game journalism outlets are known from attacking unhappy fans and covering asses of companies for money. If this would be an info directly from Blizzard or any developer i would see it as real, but considering that it's Kotaku then... whew, another bullshit.

    Also, what the fuck is "entiltement"? We talk about the most basic producer-consumer connection for god's sake. If producer creates THE LITERAL SHIT then consumers are "entilted" to critism, especialy if they are long-term consumers that puts alot of money and time in said product, that's how it works.

    If my favorite restaurant suddenly would start to serve me cold, watery soup from not-so-fresh products i would get loud about it and it would be no different from situation like this.
     
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  13. kevin corms

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    The whole thing just makes me think people are very ridiculous these days. Is life so easy that we have to rage at blizzard for not announcing the game we want?
     
  14. FAST6191

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    I have long said Nintendo should go multiplatform. Either way though not buying something is fine, voicing an objection is fine too.

    Also why would it being a mobile title make it obvious? We have had plenty of emulator wrappers in the past and something similar could be done here.
     
  15. Xzi

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    People use gaming as an escape from the reality that life isn't easy for most of us, so they don't want to be treated like shit by gaming developers on top of that. Yes, some people are getting overly heated about it, but there's no denying it was a massive PR fuck-up for Blizzard to announce a mobile game, and only a mobile game for Diablo at a paid event for their core community.

    No more than Sony should. The reality is that we've always got PC emulation a generation later anyway, so both might as well go multiplat just to make more money from their games and not force people down the emulation route. At the same time, that would stop Rockstar and other developers from using the double/triple dip strategy on old gen, new gen, and PC. So it would make some unhappy.
     
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  16. Song of storms

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    No. Bullshit.

    Bethesda released two mobile games for their major IPs: Fallout Shelter and The Elder Scrolls Blades. Was there any backlash? No. Why? Because they were announced at the same time as Fallout 4 and The Elder Scrolls VI.


    Blizzard had an event that wasn't free (you had to pay to get there or to watch it) and for fans of the franchise. They knew that fans were waiting for a Diablo IV for several years and when they hype a new title with a new trailer and all... and it's a mobile game. No Diablo IV. No announcement for anything else. Complete disrespect for their playerbase ("don't you guys have phones????") and so on.
     
  17. tbb043

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    you should have put the quotes around "gaming site"...
     
  18. Wrathcaster

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    lmao this is damage control, diablo 4 is obviously not far enough along to show it otherwise they would have, but they only mention it now to soften that cringing blow they recently got....we are not stupid Blizzard!!
     
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