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Diablo Immortal Will Still Be A Success

Author: Blane Zemunik
09-Nov-2018

Category: Opinion

Diablo Immortal's announcement didn't go over well, but that doesn't mean the game will be an utter failure like some expect. It will still be huge in Asia and may make a large amount of sales in other regions. Micro-transactions aren't frowned upon in Asian countries and make Activision $4 billion a year.

Diablo Immortal Will Still Be A Success
At Blizzcon 2018 Blizzard announced their newest game, Diablo Immortal which is going to be mobile based. For many reasons a lot of fans and gamers are mad at Blizzard for a variety of reasons and as such some may think the game is going to crash and burn. I on the other hand am a firm believer that this new game is not only going to survive, but will thrive.

The main reason many think the game will be a failure is because it looks to be a reskin of Crusaders of LightA current free to play mobile game developed by Netscape who will be developing Diablo Immortal. You can see that this game is riddled with microtransactions and many are worried the Diablo Immortal will be infected with this approach as well.

There is some speculation as to why Blizzard has made this decision as it seems very unlike them and that the game is going to fail. I think that Blizzard has chosen to release a mobile game with microtransactions due to pressure from Asian investors, Tencent and as a way to introduce more people to their franchise.

Microtransaction games aren't hugely popular in western countries but are huge in Asia. Blizzard may see this as a way to appeal to the Chinese and Korean markets as they are very into microtransactions. Clash Royale made a total of $2.3 billion in 2015 and is hugely popular in Asian countries and Blizzard may see this as a chance to make a lot of money.

Fans are rightly mad at Blizzard and many are expressing their distaste through disliking the announcement video on YouTube. It current sits at 18K likes and 488K dislikes. Blizzard is unlikely to cancel the game even with the response and their stock crashing.

At the end of the day, Blizzard is a business whose goal it is to make money and they have a lot of smart people working for them. They see Diablo Immortal as a chance to make money and support them whilst they work on other projects and we really can't blame them. The game is still going to be a huge success for them from at least a profits standpoint. I think that they should have approached the situation differently and with much less hype behind it.

These are my thoughts and opinions and do not reflect KeenGamer at all

-Blane Zemunik



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