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Is the Diablo franchise pretty much defunct now?

DancingQueenDancingQueen LA, CAPosts: 201Member
I have been following the debate on the official forum for some time now and I wonder what you guys think and also what you think about future patches and expansions of the game.
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  • Greymantle4Greymantle4 Posts: 802Member Uncommon

    I came back for 1.5 patch to try out monster power. I have to say I'm having fun again leveling up a Monk. The biggest issue I had at launch was it was to easy for most of the game. This is not a issue anymore. 

    The second issue was item drops and so far this seems to have been fixed. Only time wil tell for I have not played enough to decide on this. My Monk is level 18. 

  • ZekiahZekiah Aurora, COPosts: 2,499Member
    I won't be buying any expansions or any Blizzard games for that matter. D3 is a borefest and I simply don't trust them to deliver quality product anymore.

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  • BTrayaLBTrayaL BucharestPosts: 595Member Uncommon

    A game is more than just a name.

    The first two games were made by a team of people, that invested something in their enterprise. They were called Blizzard North.

    So yeah, I believe the francise is dead and burried, for me it is actually.

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  • revy66revy66 NY, NYPosts: 464Member
    No, if the recent patches and the diablo 2 history is of any resemblance, d3 will just get better and better especially around the time of the 1st expansion. I have very high expectations for the future of this game.
  • adam_noxadam_nox hays, KSPosts: 2,036Member Uncommon
    The game is horrible in multiplayer.   It's like an afterthought.  Gameplay is too slow, deaths too frequent, and players get separated constantly.  Whenever there's elites, everyone just goes crazy and runs around without direction.   Game needs agro management, and to stop being just a dps'fest.
  • 7star7star SeoulPosts: 405Member
    D3 = Godfather 3
  • Einherjar_LCEinherjar_LC MelfiPosts: 1,055Member Uncommon

    I don't know about defunct, but I feel it has taken a serious hit with D3.

     

    It seems as though their main focus was the RMT aspect, and everything else was designed around that rather than gameplay and drops as in the D1/2.  Couple that with the lack of offline play and it was a disaster in the making for the title.

     

    I'm sure it will get better with time as the others did, but you only have one chance to make a first impression and D3 failed to do that for me.

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  • zymurgeistzymurgeist Pittsville, VAPosts: 5,212Member Uncommon
    Nope. They're still churning out content. The game is still selling reasonably well in stores and online. The first of two D3 expansions is still on the schedule. Lord only knows when they're going to add PvP, maybe never.

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  • thinktank001thinktank001 oasisPosts: 2,027Member Uncommon

    I wouldn't count it out, but D3 has been a massive failure so far.  I still like it as is, but it has not even come close to the expectations I had before launch.

  • MothanosMothanos ArnhemPosts: 1,860Member Uncommon

    Diablo 3 hurted dungeons crawling games alot.
    Blizzard worked a DECADE on Diablo 3 and look what a failure it is.
    Its a real time auction house scooping for gear....
    Game is so short that i realy feel sorry Blizzard and their dev team who created 10 hours of contend in 10 years of programming + not even all features included at launch.

    So yeah iam done with it :(

  • FrodoFraginsFrodoFragins Manchester, NHPosts: 2,928Member Uncommon
    I don't think so.  They've been making some good changes in my opinion.  They still have a ways to go to get it in a state like D2 was though.  They need better items and the addition of runes, runewords and charms in my opinion.  It's too bad so much time has to be devoted to putting the game in a condition it should have veeb at release.  I think a well done expansion with several interesting new classes could breath new life into the game.
  • Asm0deusAsm0deus BaatorPosts: 1,113Member Uncommon
    They pretty much took a boat ride with Dexter as far as I'm concerned.

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  • Loke666Loke666 MalmöPosts: 18,000Member Uncommon

    I think D4 and any D3 expansions will sell a lot less than what D3 did.

    Many people assumed that Blizzard made the first 2 games even though it was Blizzard North and thought D3 would be D2 with better graphics. Even more people probably didnt even play D1 & 2 but got hyped because others thought great of it.

    D3 is not really a bad game even if some things are annoying like the online singleplayermode, but it isnt nearly as good as most people assumed it would be before launch. I dont even know anyone still playing it. Therefore I think it have permanently dropped the hype of the IP.

  • expressoexpresso mePosts: 2,183Member Uncommon
     

    Lets not get into this Blizzard North crap, Blizzard North or what ever they were known at before Blizard took them under their wing approched blizzard with a claymation turn based isometric dungeon game - that is not what we got with D1 and 2.  Not to say Blizzard North were no good just that the Diablo 1 & 2 we know today only came about because of Blizzards involvement.

    I got over 100 hours game time out of D3 - thats worth $50 of any ones, I'll come back when they finanly add PvP (come on blizz stop dragging ya feet).

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    • D1 & 2 were not official moddable, mods that appeared were just hacked game files, there were no modding tools and blizzard never sanctioned modding though they let it happen.
    • Complaining about having to be online to play is laughable when you're doing it on an MMO forum.

    There... spoken like a true blizz fan boy.

    Now is D3 defunct, no ofc not.

  • fivorothfivoroth LondonPosts: 3,665Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by FrodoFragins
    I don't think so.  They've been making some good changes in my opinion.  They still have a ways to go to get it in a state like D2 was though.  They need better items and the addition of runes, runewords and charms in my opinion.  It's too bad so much time has to be devoted to putting the game in a condition it should have veeb at release.  I think a well done expansion with several interesting new classes could breath new life into the game.

    I really would HATE it if they brought charms back. That was a horrible mechanic. Trading off your inventory in exchange for stats is just ridiculous. I still remember in D2 I sometimes would not even carry a tome of TP just so I can squeeze in yet another skill charm. Blizzard got this right with D3. Trading inventory space for stats is WRONG. 

    @OP, D3 is doing great. Game's great. D2 wasn't very long either.

    The RMT argument is stupid. I don't know/haven't met a single person who has used it to buy stuff. Why? Because there is 0 need to. And after they buffed the drops and nerfed Inferno there is 0 incentive to pay real money for gear.

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  • UNH0LYEV1LUNH0LYEV1L Summerville, SCPosts: 412Member Uncommon
    After the monster power patch (1.0.5) its actually kinda fun now.


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  • asmkm22asmkm22 Anchorage, AKPosts: 1,788Member
    Originally posted by BTrayaL

    A game is more than just a name.

    The first two games were made by a team of people, that invested something in their enterprise. They were called Blizzard North.

    So yeah, I believe the francise is dead and burried, for me it is actually.

    Blizzard North is like the old Bioware team, pre-2006/2007.  I miss those times.

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  • XasapisXasapis VolosPosts: 5,561Member Uncommon

    Noone prevents the reinvigoration of the IP. It happened already (games like Fallout and X-com), although it's kind of rare. Most of the times, the fresh developers fail to capture the feeling of the games of old.

     

    In the case of Diablo III, the game was doomed from the start, simply because it was used not as an invigoration of the Diablos of old, but as a test plaftorm for the RL auction house.

  • DancingQueenDancingQueen LA, CAPosts: 201Member

    Hmm... seems like this thread died off pretty quickly.

    Will you buy the expansion to Diablo III?

    I think that I read on some website that there will be at least two expansions, one each year or so.

  • DiSpLiFFDiSpLiFF Toronto, ONPosts: 605Member

    Blizzard has always been good with bringing out consistent content with their games. I play the game from time to time. My only real problems with the game are it is too short and party size is too small. But hopefully an expansion will improve upon this. 

    I think a lot of people are drama queens for this game just because it's a Blizzard game. People were the same way when Diablo 2 came out. 

  • zymurgeistzymurgeist Pittsville, VAPosts: 5,212Member Uncommon
    Yup I'll be buying the expansion. It will probably be more like two years to deliver though.

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  • KrematoryKrematory TVNPosts: 542Member Uncommon
    Yes, I'm gonna buy the expansion as well. I'm a casual player, but I'm still getting upgrades every now and then :-)

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  • erictlewiserictlewis Cottondale, ALPosts: 3,026Member Uncommon

    I got the game played it for a month, then I was done.  I will say this if they came out with a diablo 4 I would not buy it.  I just found the game too repetitive, and the same old dungeon design time after time.  It was like kill loot sell, over and over.  I really don't understand having the real market place  I never used it but some folks did.   I just felt the entire game was based of greed from Blizzard.   So long story short if they really did have a franchise with Diablo, they killed it. 

     

  • ShakyMoShakyMo BradfordPosts: 7,207Member
    Yeah they jumped the shark with the rmah and how they let it change the design of the game for the worse.

    More likely to buy Torchlight 3 than diablo 4
  • HedakeHedake Tempe, ALPosts: 14Member Common
    Yes, its too bad too, I had high hopes for that game.
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