Blizzard on Diablo 3: “Lower Those Expectations”

Blizzard Community Manager Bashiok has told excited fans to lower their expectations for Diablo 3.

In a post on the forums, Bashiok said:

I too worry that we won’t be able to meet the expectations people have built up for themselves. Part of my job is managing people’s expectations, so… eh… stop it. Stop thinking about how awesome this game could be. Just imagine it’s a new M. Night Shyamalan movie. Sure Sixth Sense was amazing and Unbreakable had it’s moments, but this right here is the sequel to The Village … or The Happening … or Signs … or any of the movies besides the two I first mentioned.

After Diablo 2′s tremendous success — and given a large crowd has been playing this game for a decade — it’s no surprise that expectations for Diablo 3 are stratospheric. No game could possibly live up to the expectations that some diehard fans have built up.

Bashiok concluded by telling us to lower our expectations for Diablo 3:

So just like, lower those expectations, but still definitely buy the game please, and everything will be just fine. K?

While I stand by the adage, “No expectations, no disappointments,” I wonder if Blizzard is concerned about Diablo 3 not being as well-received as Diablo 2.

Are you disappointed with Diablo 3 so far?

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12 Comments on Blizzard on Diablo 3: “Lower Those Expectations”


On February 22, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Lulz…Don’t worry Blizz, my expectations are already quite low by now.


On February 22, 2012 at 3:23 pm

It must be so hard for Blizzard these days because everyone expects so much from them. I kinda feel bad for them.


On February 22, 2012 at 4:15 pm

BioWare, you let me down with Dragon Age 2 and you can never be trusted again.
** Cue dramatic music **
Blizzard is the last developer…the last bastion of Triple A Game Development. If Diablo III is merely meh, then..all hope is lost!!


On February 22, 2012 at 4:17 pm

When its ready it will come, its just a game and I am more excited then anyone to play but nothing is perfect so just spend the money on the game and have fun…Its that simple


On February 22, 2012 at 4:54 pm

After playing the demo I wasn’t impressed with diablo 3, same controls as diablo 2 which take some relearning since not many games seem to still use the point and click movement scheme, also they really screwed up with how you use spells and abilities.

They are doing exactly what Square Enix did with Final Fantasy 14, there is zero innovation put into the game, its basically diablo 2 with better graphics, and it will be interesting to see how people react.

There are a lot of examples out there of video games failing to catch on and do good because of staying with old school setups, if d3 does good over the long term it will be because of the diehard fans and not because of the game itself.

I’m not buying D3, I give it 4 out of 10 stars.


On February 22, 2012 at 8:38 pm

To say Lower your expectations…thats something NO ONE ever wants to hear. Not from a developer. Confident thinking is what I want to hear. Thats the worst thing someone could say.


On February 23, 2012 at 3:01 am

If people didn’t carry their expectations all the way to dreamland no one would worry at all.

But most people are “OMFGWTFBBQSAUCE” “DIS GAEM I1ll B TEH Z !!11!1!”
No wonder developers get concerned, people hype too easily nowadays, I rather keep my hype to a minimal level and be satisfied or even impressed when the product is in my hands, if people feel disappointed its only by their own fault.

Honestly when I saw the first gameplay vids on it I was impressed, I was afraid they would try too hard to make it gritty, dark and ominous like d2 and screw it all up.


On February 23, 2012 at 4:36 am

I get what Bashlok is saying, I think his examples are horrid, tho. A sequel to the Villiage, or Signs, or The Happening…would be pointless. They were clearly meant as stand alone pieces. He kinda shot himself in the foot there because to me, he might as well be saying Diablo III is unnecessary. A better example would have been comparing Diablo II to Peter Jacksons The Two Towers and Diablo III to Return of the King. Two Towers was probably the best of the LoTR movies. Return of the King was great but it was a bit of an anticlimax.

The set pieces weren’t as great-Rohan is a far more dynamic city than Minas Tirith. It’s supposed to be, it’s relatively young and vibrant compared to Minas TIriths ancient roadways and long-empty houses. It’s a city on the verge of ruin after a long decline. The battles don’t have the same sense of desperation and urgency. By this time, everyones more focused on Frodo, Sam and Gollums journey. It’s still a great film, but it isn’t as good as the film that preceeded it. People still talk about how awesome the battle of Helms Deep was…I rarely ever see anyone bring up Pelennor fields.

It must be sad, tho. I honestly think that Bashlok and the folks at Irvine really wanted this game to blow people away. I think that Blizzard is starting to get bit in the tail a little by their own hype machine, so it’s partially their own fault. Still, when you constantly praise a company past what is rational (I know I praise Runic a lot, but the fact is, I criticize them when I feel it’s called for, too. *cough*outlanderboobs*cough*) and constantly feed the kind of expectations Bash is talking about, you end up doing both the developer and yourself a disservice.

I think Diablo III will be a very good, even great game. I just never thought it was going to be as good as what peoples memories of Diablo and Diablo II as seen through rose colored nostalgia glasses seemed to be.

CJ Miozzi

On February 23, 2012 at 10:11 am


Excellent post.

Mediocre work or scare?

On February 23, 2012 at 10:24 pm

To me it sounds like it, for real, won’t be what people wants. I honestly didn’t like much what i watched on game-play videos already released.Remember, they’re planning to make this one a console game too, and anybody knows what happens when a pc game reaches the console realm. plus all the “security” they’ll be adding to it.

So he is asking people to lower what many want to see, what other dreams to see, based on what? Fear? Internals dev problems? Give a real reason, a fan of the series will surely buy the game no matter what, and that’s what you guys one. Quality is another matter tested by consumers after you guys already have lots of money in your pockets.


On February 25, 2012 at 11:08 am

IzayoiKagemaru, that was the most ignorant statement I’ve heard in a long time. “If people are disappointed, it’s their fault”? Are you serious? It’s my fault that Final Fantasy XIII was such a tremendously ty game with next to no playability?

Fans are too passive nowadays. Demand more of your video game developers, just as you would demand great food from a restaurant. They are a multi-billion dollar company; they don’t need to be pitied or cradled.

They are producers, we are consumers. We pay the rent for their offices, the operating expenses, and most importantly, their salaries. We can demand whatever the hell we want, and if they fail to meet our expectations, they can go bankrupt.


On March 26, 2012 at 12:38 pm

I’ll pass on diablo 3 . The videos Ive seen have not impressed me at all . I am a long term fan of blizzard still play diablo 1 & 2 almost daily since their release . If they release a xbox360 version I might reconsider and thats not 100% consideration just a maybe .