Few studios could take a niche genre that inspires anything from apathy to revilement outside of its fanbase, pair it with a business model that a cadre of players finds actively offensive, and meld them into an insanely popular game. F2P card battler Hearthstone sees Blizzard do precisely that. In this underfed space, it is… Continue reading
Azeroth faces its harshest trial yet. Having repelled the extraterrestrial demonic threat of the Burning Legion, journeyed north to destroy the massed undead ranks of the Scourge and seen their lands torn asunder by a giant dragon bursting from deep beneath them, the proud Alliance and resolute Horde must next question their very identity. With subscriptions to the MMOG that once ruled all others having fallen over a million from 10.2m in the second quarter of 2012, World Of Warcraft faces a crisis. Embattled by callow free-to-play newcomers, burgeoning alternative genres like the MOBA, and simple old age, WOW might still be the largest subscription MMOG in the world, but it must fight to the death for a share of the attention the market is lavishing on younger games.
David Brevik, the project, design and programming lead on Diablo and Diablo II, has given us his thoughts on Diablo III, saying that the game's focus on grinding for gold over searching for items "loses a lot of what the game is about".
Battle.net, the Blizzard community and matchmaking platform that powers the likes of World Of Warcraft, Starcraft II and Diablo III, has been hacked.
World Of Warcraft ended Activision Blizzard's fiscal quarter with 9.1 million subscribers, a drop of over a million in three months: at the end of March, 10.2 million people were paying players of the Blizzard MMOG.
In the last column we looked at the fundamentals of realtime strategy. Now, before we begin our deep dive into the specific details of StarCraft, we’re going to take a brief swim around the world.
Blizzard Entertainment’s insistence on a permanent internet connection for Diablo III has done more than cause disgruntlement among gamers hitting log-in difficulties – it may have led the company to break Korean law. According to the Korea Times, the country’s Fair Trade Commission raided Blizzard’s Seoul HQ on Monday to seize documents relevant to its investigation.
Criterion Games, the studio behind Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit and the Burnout series, is advertising for a number of roles, including environment artist and software engineer to work on the games for the next generation of platforms. Find all Criterion's jobs here.
Rockstar Games' Max Payne 3 is the new number one in the UK all-formats chart, beating sales of 2003 predecessor Max Payne 2 by almost ten copies to one.At number two is another new entry in Diablo III. Blizzard's long-awaited action-RPG was the 12th-fastest selling PC game of all time in the UK, according to chart compiler UKIE.
Diablo III benefits from great writing. Not necessarily in the narrative or dialogue, both of which offer the same old gleefully stagey stuff about warring angels and ancient prophecies. No, it has great writing where it matters: in the names of its class skills. Wrath Of The Berserker, Rain Of Vengeance, Mass Confusion – here’s where creative effort has been spent. Here’s where you can see the density of pulpy exuberance that ten years of development can provide.