Marius wrote:Not as big as Starcraft, WoW, and Diablo all combined though.
Blizzard is building an online BattleNet empire, where ideally, every customer owns every single game.
Is this what you think they're doing or a stated goal of theirs? If a stated goal i'm honestly shocked as as a developer of multiple genres they should know better than most that not everyone likes every genre so having the goal that every customer owns every game is unfeasible. You will naturally get a lot of overlap sure but it shouldn't be an outright goal.
I'd be very surprised if they make a single-player focused game ever again. Even the SC2 single player campaign was ultra short compared to SC1, and hardly the focus compared to online competition.
The difference between SC and Diablo is that SC has a very long history of that online competition. Also it still had
that sp campaign regardless of whether it was significantly shorter (I didn't think so, but maybe it was shorter if you skipped all the filler missions).
Blizzard, effectively, wants all its customers online, wants them all on Battlenet, and wants to sell every single game they make to each of them.
I don't disagree with this, the disagreement is on why. I view it, like some others as a move for DRM first, gameplay second. They have opened themselves up something new with gameplay by forcing everyone online and they're trying to expand that as much as possible but the decision was no doubt originally a DRM decision first and foremost and it sets extremely dangerous precedent for the future. As I said previously, games officially have lifetimes now.
Also if they made a new IP that very much was this online only game that needed that online to create its experience (ala MMO's, hell it could've just been an MMO with a top down view and action RPG gameplay) then there'd be no issue. This issue is that they're taking an existing sp series and forcing it online for DRM purposes and then expanding the coop component to try and justify the DRM on gameplay grounds despite the fact that a lot of people only want to play the sp anyway.
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