that picture of their gaming division cracked me up. they had to add all the "preferred pronouns" to the employees for absolutely no reason - everyone there uses the pronouns you would default to by their appearance - just to show how "woke" they are.
with how he save xbox from kinect, pretty sure he got something in his mind
So is it time? It is time to take a chance that they can fix Warcraft. Because it is going to take a long work for the community for this. Me for reinforcing the cause for feedback.Finally some good Blizzard news. Microsoft, legendary restorer of old games, has acquired Activision Blizzard.
well i take it back
i mean, monopolies never go wrong, right?
Why not? They touched Age of Empires and it turned out to be really good.I hope I'm wrong but I just don't see Microsoft ever touching Warcraft III. Microsoft is a corporation and all they care about is how soon they will meet ROI on their investments. The Warcraft III fan base that actually pays for the game isn't big enough to justify such an investment imo, and I don't see them doing it out of the kindness of their hearts.
If I'm wrong I'd be very happy though.
Sure, Warcraft III might turn out really good too, but it makes more sense to invest their money in other more promising projects. You can only create so much hype from an old game. Warcraft III is, sadly, old news.Why not? They touched Age of Empires and it turned out to be really good.
Exactly my thoughts.I'm not sure I'd agree that this is good news, but much remains to be seen. What I don't like to see is huge consolidation of the gaming industry so that there are only a few massive players. Microsoft might be a benefit to the games we like right now (no guarantees), but I'm not convinced this will be a positive move for the ecosystem as a whole in the long run.
There actually is something of value you can get from fixing Warcraft 3: a public relations victory.Sure, Warcraft III might turn out really good too, but it makes more sense to invest their money in other more promising projects. You can only create so much hype from an old game. Warcraft III is, sadly, old news.
Sure, public opinion will improve as a result, however the player base is so polarized so in many people's eyes it will never be enough. If they re-implement ladder and custom campaigns you still have a huge chunk of people who absolutely detest the art style. If they start remaking the art assets as well it will be a huge investment for very little quantifiable return.There actually is something of value you can get from fixing Warcraft 3: a public relations victory.
The failure of Reforged and the disastrous production behind it is one of Blizzard's most recent and painful PR disasters. It hurt the Blizzard brand, and as one of their tentpole games is now in a nigh-unplayable state, it reflects horribly on the whole company and makes the fandom lose faith in them. Now, imagine how the good PR and brand trust that would come from a miraculous comeback. How well it would reflect on Microsoft if they saved the game despite not getting a direct profit from it. That kind of good publicity is someone that will reward you for years to come and be a huge long term success.
That's not to say MS will actually do it, they might not see that or care. I'm just explaining why it would be a great idea.
I'm cautiously optimistic because I still think the game is salvageable, and it wouldn't be very hard:
1) Restore the classic client and iron out some of the bugs it had.
2) Get Reforged to a stable state. Doesn't have to be vastly improved, because once the classic client is officially supported, everyone will focus on that. But making a stable experience will be good for everyone.