What would it take for you to embrace a mobile Blizzard game?
Let’s not pretend — a sizable chunk of Blizzard’s fans are not fans of the mobile platform. The reaction to Diablo Immortal at last year’s BlizzCon wasn’t ambiguous. It also wasn’t positive. There are a lot of reasons for this — mobile gaming has a reputation as a realm where shoddy pay-to-play titles dominate, where games are sustained by whales who drop thousands of dollars to create a completely uneven playing field and developers try and pander to that audience. Now, those that have played Diablo Immortal have generally had very positive things to say about it so far, but sometimes it doesn’t matter. Perception can have a way of trumping reality — if people really just viscerally reject mobile games out of hand, they won’t be well received.
But we know that Blizzard has been thinking about the mobile space for years, and that they have a mobile division working on properties such as a speculated Pokemon Go-inspired World of Warcraft spinoff. This is clearly a field they’re interested in exploring, and thus, the question becomes — what would you like to see them do? What kind of games could Blizzard make for the mobile space that you’d actually be excited about? If Diablo Immortal isn’t a pay-to-win whale-hunter and is instead a game true to the Diablo name, would that be enough to pique your curiosity? Can any mobile game do that? Or are you in fact already interested in Blizzard IP on a mobile platform, and you’re just waiting for one that scratches a particular itch?
I’m personally not a big mobile game enthusiast, but neither am I hostile to the idea of them — I think there are a lot of properties at Blizzard that could make excellent mobile games, like a revival of Rock ‘n Roll Racing for example. What would you like to see from Blizzard’s mobile division? What kind of mobile game would you actually embrace?
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