Diablo Immortal is for mobile gamers, not true Diablo fans


Diablo Immortal is for mobile gamers, not true Diablo fans

Diablo Immortal's demonic bosses loom large.

picture: blizzard

Diablo immortal has set the internet ablaze with controversy. Every gaming website under the sun has an idea of ​​how The microtransactions ruin the gameplay and how Blizzard was ruin fans’ cherished childhood memories Diablo. The game is currently holding the lowest user rating on Metacritic. Even more Diablo fans feel that this just isn’t a game for them. And they might be right. Despite its mobile origins Immortal grew waxy wings and flew too close to the PC gaming sun. To a loyal audience that Blizzard had flattered for years, that was considered unforgivable.

I get it. The monetization criticism is valid, but the prospect of overspending isn’t always the real reason console gamers are so upset. The truth is simpler: mobile represents another front in the never-ending culture war over the heart and soul of gaming. But I have to wonder if it even has to be a war.

Before Immortal was announced, Diablo Fans could safely ignore mobile games as “cash grabs” that would never interfere with the premium games they wanted to play. But since Blizzard announced that the game will be a full Diablo Experience has shown that these players have felt threatened by what they perceive as the cellphone’s intrusion into “legitimate” gaming. In fact, the game has raised as many concerns as Blizzard’s Community manager had to clarify the DiabloIV would not have “mobile monetization”.

But it wasn’t enough for Blizzard to make promises to fans. It was also expected that the press, in line with “Immortal is bad.” On June 4, there was a inflammatory tweet from a Twitch streamer berating journalists for doing it Diablo immortal is… well, fun. I wasn’t surprised because when I started writing about it, I encountered similar public hostility Genshin Impact. If a journalist judges a mobile game “too positively”, a very vocal segment of gamers will denigrate them as “too positively”. Traitor to gaming and a corporate shill. For these players, the rise of F2P gaming is a virus that needs to be eradicated. Especially before it “takes over” gaming in general.

Despite all the background noise (or maybe because of it), I felt compelled to download Diablo immortal and play a little. For context: I’ve never played one Diablo game before Immortal. The setting seemed over-the-top for my liking, and I wasn’t sure how to digest the three-game lore beforehand DiabloIV came out. With so many games being released all the time, I’ve come to terms with it Diablo being one of those series that I would just never get into.

Diablo immortal held my hand through the agonizing experience of entering a widely loved franchise 25 years late. The gear interface told me which gear had the best stats, and the footprints told me exactly where to go. The quests were structured in a way that made it easy for me to stop playing and pick up the game again later. The best, Immortal don’t loredump me like i’m a Diablo Fan. All of the stories were completely self-contained, and it made the world feel less intimidating. Immortal that’s how i learned to love Diablo.

Like, I get it now. The villains may be monstrous demons from hell, but their designs are murderous. The voice acting is superb and I’ve grown to love the supporting characters I met along the way. I always had the impression that Diablo is an Edgelord game, however Immortal is full of heart. Every character in the game was willing to make great personal sacrifices because they wanted to fight the suffering that Hell inflicts on innocent people. What’s not to love about it?

All of these factors likely played a large role in the rationale Diablo immortal Has 10 million downloads despite a 0.2 user rating on Metacritic. There is a huge disconnect between the internet commentators who see themselves as the stewards of gaming and the actual audience that enjoys gaming Diablo as F2P game. I’m not here to tell anyone to enjoy Diablo immortal. I have friends who can’t gel their brains against the live service loop the way my brain bounces off certain types of puzzles.

A screenshot from Diablo Immortal shows a huge group of spooky monsters attacking a single warrior.

screenshot: Blizzard/Kotaku

Part of this problem is compounded by how Blizzard is marketing the game. To cover for DiabloIV needed more time in development, announced the studio Diablo immortal is a “full Diablo Experience on the cell phone.” They learned that quickly could have been a big mistake.

I almost didn’t write this blog until I was at least level 60. I had seen the backlash my colleagues were getting for writing about the game “too soon” and I wanted to avoid that fate. But I had such a relaxing time in ImmortalI just didn’t feel like rushing the content to prove myself Diablo fans. That’s when I started thinking: Maybe there’s something fundamentally wrong with the way PC and console games are consumed.

In a PC or console game, you’re expected to put tons of hours into a game very quickly to become a god-like dealer of death. That’s not how you play a mobile game. When every content feels timed or locked behind very low drop ratebecause you are expected to play this game Years, not in the quick bursts between now and the next big AAA release. This means that the “wins” must also be rarer. It took me almost a year to build a team that was good enough Clarify a big event in Arknights. I couldn’t imagine telling a “traditional” player to grind a year to delete important content.

Of course, the gambling factor is a legitimate concern. Diablo immortal will not release in the Netherlands or Belgium due to their gambling regulations. Regardless of what haters might think of me genshin Blogs I think governments should impose restrictions on F2P games. At least I don’t think kids should be allowed to steal credit cards in microtransactions. But the problem is that most critics of F2P games don’t really understand the community or the mobile gamers’ motivations. Console gamers are often rightly angered by the ignorant gaming discussions in the national media, but even gaming outlets don’t adhere to the same nuances when it comes to mobile games. I’ve seen too many cases of mobile gamers being slandered as “casual”. Given almost all angry reactions to it Immortal based on a vocal defense of those who tend to be exploited through in-game spending. Where’s the empathy for the people mobile critics supposedly care about?

There’s definitely a lot that needs to be discussed about the more predatory aspects of mobile gaming. But that cannot be done entirely from the perspective of an inveterate community Diablo Fans are furious that their favorite franchise has reached a different audience. Tens of millions of people downloaded the game because they wanted to, and while protecting the most vulnerable is an admirable goal, it may not always be the real cause of the outcry.

Immortal faced backlash for the same reasons that the western audience reacted so strongly to it Genshin Impact. It has a PC connection and is of enough quality to disguise its mobile-first approach. But that doesn’t change the fact that these games were made for you completely different player in the head. PC and console gamers need not feel threatened Immortal. Blizzard is fishing for a much bigger fish, but the mobile community is represents the gaming majority.

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