Analysts say Diablo Immortal will bring financial success despite fan outrage

    
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Arguably the biggest thing to come out of BlizzCon 2018 was the sheer amount of unadulterated rage solicited by the announcement of Blizzard’s upcoming mobile title Diablo Immortal. In fact, the reaction to the reveal was so intensely negative that Blizzard’s share price dropped by 7% on the day following the announcement, which has had many shareholders and would-be investors wondering if they should be steering clear of the company’s stock.

According to investment and financial analysis site The Motley Fool, the answer is no. Of course, this shouldn’t come as a surprise even to the most pissed off of Blizzard fans, as the reasons that the core Diablo fanbase is upset — i.e., that Blizzard seems to be going for a quick buck by targeting the mobile market — are the exact reasons that Immortal will likely result in a net financial gain for Blizzard: Diablo Immortal, says The Motley Fool, “should have a strong shot at pleasing an even wider audience,” and the game’s development in partnership with Chinese studio NetEase “should have the effect of making the game easy to release in China, the world’s biggest mobile market.”

Source: The Motley Fool. Cheers, Serrenity!

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flyingltj
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flyingltj

Of course it will bring financial success. It costs very little to develop and maintain mobile phone games due to their limited hardware, interface, and upgradeability.

But what good is financial success on small potatoes when you could have financial success on big potatoes?

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Drago

Well obviously, no one said it would fail. It’s how they did it people was pissed about,

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Sorenthaz

Well that’s obvious, considering the casual mobile market doesn’t care.

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Teh Beardling

in some ways I really hope it does badly. I don’t want to give activision/blizzard anymore reason to focus on the mobile market than they already have. The quality at blizzard has already been on a downward slope for awhile now. I don’t want more people pulled away to develop mobile games.

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flyingltj

The mobile gaming market could be good for gamers… it’s just not there yet. The hardware and I/O devices do not yet exist to make it worth our while. They’ll get there in our lifetimes though.

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Tobasco da Gama

Did I link this in the other Diablo thread? If not, here it is now. If so, here it is again.

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

The outrage was because they announced it at a keynote at a convention after teasing diablo 4 on social media. them’s some dense analysts. OF COURSE IT WILL DO WELL. IT SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED AT A KEYNOTE AT A CON LOL.

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Mordyjuice

I don’t know man, when an angry fanbase puts their mind to it they can take anything down, especially people from my generation 35 to 45. We didn’t want a reboot of Ghostbusters with new characters and no cross over with the old lore, how did that go over for them. We tanked the last Fantastic Four movie as well. It’s simple once a product becomes a property for people in the Nostalgia market we generally are set in our ways and want things the way we want them. It’s why reboots fall on their face all the time, it’s why you’re starting to see the Star Wars backlash making Disney retool that approach. A big reason why the MCU are doing so well is because it follows the Ultimate Marvel Universe which was tooled to work in our modern day, this gets the really old geeks on board like the ones that read comics prior to the late 1990s, it gets my generation on board which basically read comics from roughly 1985 through maybe 2005, and then it gets our kids on board because we’ll pay for their tickets with out batting an eye because we middleaged geeks want in on this as well. I’d like to believe games are the same way, or starting to get to that point where they have franchises steeped in that kind of lore that branch across generations; as long as you do not piss off the Middle Aged Geeks with the disposable income then you’re going to make money, once you do piss us off then god help you.

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

lol there have been three awful fantastic four movies. one could reasonably argue that its the worst hero movie franchise even thought he last one is totally disconnected. it did it to itself by being awful. sexism played a huge role in the ghost busters thing. diablo fans, even the vocal ones will play this game.

i was born in 75. im that demo you’re talking about. every fanbase from every age demo has an awful vocal minority with an internet press group ready to talk ad nauseam about how mad they are at length.

people are awful. i get it. i also get that these analysts are fallible human beings and that this not in house developed blizzard IP will do very well. mark my words.

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Mordyjuice

Maybe it will, maybe it won’t; how ever it won’t be benefiting from my wallet, I’d rather start a kickstarter to throw money at Blizzard to make a Diablo 3 Expansion (I’d like to believe that there are enough fans to throw a pile of seed money at Blizzard to make a point).

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Mordyjuice

Hold me beer analysts

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Mordyjuice

delete this I messed it up.

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J

We all know analysts are never wrong eh!

What did those same analysts project for EA stock in the past year? There is no guarantee with anything. We have no idea what the reception is going to be for this project. We know they (netease) have several other titles already that function like this one. Does the market want another one? They monetization model is another detail that they have left out.

Lets remember that Activision and Blizzard are now in bed together and both of them are not seeing the returns they saw from a year ago. Very little was shown at Blizzcon. Are they about to go under, no. Do they need an injection of fresh ideas to keep growing, yes.

Is this mobile jump the best idea? Maybe.

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Dug From The Earth

“Professional” Analysts probably LOVE when situations like this arise… because its a for sure situation where they can predict with near 100% accuracy.

Diablo Immortal isnt for Diablo fans. Its for mobile gaming fans. It doesnt matter if every Diablo fan in the world doesnt buy this game. The only way it would do poorly is if all the mobile gamers didnt want to buy it/play it.

It would be like saying,

“The new HK4000 Motocycle will see financial success despite all Truck owners hating it.”

This is also the reason the crap show happened at blizzcon. They announced a new game to the wrong audience, and left that audience with nothing.