well this will end badly
So a fairly independent studio who redid old titles from a wide variety of companies will now be subsumed by Blizz aka Activision.What does this really mean?They won't be allowed to do ports of other companies products by either the companies or ActivisionI still remember HASBRO taking a bulldozer to the TSR game library after they took full control of WotC and Activision MBAs operates the same way.
I'm cautiously hopeful. Lets hope Blizzard does the right thing. I would love a proper D1/D2 full remakeAre you listening Blizzard? You should also fix and add all promised content in WC3R.
Probably just another game for our phones...
I hope they give Baal a set of Kudu horns on his head. What do you think?
Diablo 2 desperately needs an update to make it easily run on Windows 10 in widescreen resolution without any headaches or trying to install third party programs or mods. In my opinion, that's ALL it needs. That doesn't seem like it would be that hard to implement in a patch, so why they are rebuilding the entire game from scratch is a mystery to me. They should have just handed it to GOG like they did with Diablo 1, which was updated perfectly. No doubt they will add systems to the game that completely ruin the feel and balance of it, and crush the atmosphere into the ground with modern graphics. How anyone has any optimism towards it after WC3 Remastered is beyond me. That wasn't the fault of the classic games team, it was the fault of poor management - which has not changed. And to those praising Activision's goblin behavior in consuming game studios to send them to work on studios for other games, consider this: someday Blizzard will be consumed to work on the next Call of Duty or Candy Crush or whatever's the most profitable and there will just be a maintenance skeleton team left working on WoW, like HOTS is now. Blizzard is dead and we're watching a stinking corpse on puppet strings develop games.
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W3:R's failure is really just a spectacular example of what happens when a studio known for "we'll release it when it's ready" falls into the trap of "announce a game and put up for immediate pre-order." Maybe there was some failure of assuming the W3 remastering would be as simple as the SC remastering (pure speculation on my part), but it's pretty plain to see that the current trend in the games industry of announcing things and putting them up for sale long before they're ready only results in the release of half-finished titles that ultimately fail or require massive updates post-launch. I'd love to see that trend come to an end (and maybe Blizzard has at least learned that lesson, as they announced both D4 and OW2 but did not put either up for pre-sale). Let pre-sale start when a firm release date is announced - players don't' benefit in the slightest from buying games a year before they come out.There's maybe something deeper and more depressing here. Mostly the article talks about the "classic games team," but at a couple points refers to it as "Team 1." Team 1 is the original RTS group that made all three WarCraft games, both StarCraft games, and HotS. If they're really dismantling Team 1, then it pretty much means the official end of Blizzard as a maker of RTS games. And that would be depressing indeed.
The pre-sale concept is killing the games. It's like drug for shareholders but in the end and without failing it will kill the game.
WC3 RM is amazing!