Blizzard: “Diablo 3 Needs to Be A Better Game”

After Jay Wilson stepped down as Diablo 3′s Game Director, the community has been speculating on the future of the game. Speaking on the diablofans forums, Blizzard community manager Vaneras clarified the company’s stance on the game’s development, including an admission of its faults and a hint at its future direction.

For those hoping for D3 to become more like its predecessor, Vaneras had some bad news:

“We stated several times right from the start that Diablo III is its own game, that we never intended for it to be an HD version of Diablo II. We acknowledge that Diablo III needs to be a better game, and we intend to make it so, but you should never expect it to be turned into Diablo II.

“In my personal opinion, a great sequel pays homage to its predecessors and at the same moves forward with new content. It is fairly normal though, that sequels replace features from predecessors with new features, and I can of course agree that it is an issue if those new features fall short of what is intended.”

Vaneras went on to suggest that there’s a long road ahead to get D3 to a place where everyone will be happy:

“We still feel Diablo III is a good game, and despite the shaky release, we still see that there are many people out there who enjoy and play the game.

“I know that Diablo III is not what everyone wanted it to be, that there are some people who are so disappointed that they are only able to voice their frustrations through hyperbole, and for those people there is little I can do or say to help ease their minds.

“All I can say is that we are trying to make Diablo III the best game that it can be, but some things take more times to improve than others. I totally understand if this is hard to accept for some people.”

How much time are you willing to give Blizzard? Or have you already left for good?


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8 Comments on Blizzard: “Diablo 3 Needs to Be A Better Game”

DJS

On January 29, 2013 at 10:27 am

I stopped playing a month or two after release… It just stopped being fun

TheOneS2K

On January 29, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Already have left for good, PATH OF EXILE FOR THE WIN!

Patches

On January 29, 2013 at 2:18 pm

“Blizzard: “Diablo 3 Needs to Be A Better Game””… No kidding…

Funny that they see no problems making Starcraft 2 a HD version of Starcraft (granted, with some improvements along the way) but Diablo 3 must not be a HD of Diablo 2?… Well keep scratching your head to make D3 better then…

Personally, I don’t play it anymore… I don’t say I’ll maybe fire it up someday out of curiosity…
But I’ve tasted Torchlight 2 and it does a great job at itching my ‘Diablo’ needs…

JC

On January 29, 2013 at 4:43 pm

Diablo 3 is history, get over it.

quicktooth

On January 29, 2013 at 6:14 pm

I never left because I disliked the game- I left because Blizzard insisted on Always-on-DRM, insisted on preventing me playing the game I bought (even SINGLE PLAYER) for a whole day a week (their servers you see), and acted supremely arrogant and entitled when I complained. I can’t get my money back, which is criminal, but I CAN simply never get any more Blizzard games (and can stop played Diablo 3 as well). So I have :D . Blizzard didn’t need a better game- it needed to be an ordinary ‘citizen’ type of buisness. Ethical, and aware it utterly depends on it’s fans. They lost a fan in me.

gasmaskangel

On January 29, 2013 at 9:09 pm

If they want to regain customers like me they have to allow me to play the damn game from my own damn computer. I don’t want to play multiplayer. At all. Why then, should my SINGLE player game be held hostage to Blizzard’s servers and my shoddy American internet connection?

That alone would get me playing again, because mechanically Diablo III is a fine hack and slasher. The parts where my Barbarian wasn’t teleporting across the screen and dying because my connection timed out were fantastic, but the always online DRM is a deal breaker.

Leon

On January 30, 2013 at 7:42 am

I gave up a long time ago, no thanks.

JamesX

On January 30, 2013 at 6:27 pm

Everyone I know stopped playing already. The last one held on for 3 month before also quitting. That is unheard of for a Blizzard Game – Before D3, and SC3 that is.