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81. Re: Blizzard on Diablo III Jul 20, 2012, 10:46 Beamer
Dades wrote on Jul 19, 2012, 18:38:
Mr. Tact wrote on Jul 19, 2012, 18:29:
avianflu wrote on Jul 19, 2012, 14:48:
D3 might serve is a warning sign to other developers wanting to make mandatory-on-line, real-money-auction-house type games. Time will tell.
In what way? It sold 7 million copies.

It's a Blizzard game, they had almost two decades of good will and brand power to work with. It would have sold no matter what. Other companies might not have that same kind of power to force online requirements or get away with putting real money features into the game.

I think a lot of companies are going to tread very lightly here. For one, I think they need a reason. Diablo 3, as designed, needs to be online in the same way an MMO needs to be. It sounds like a flimsy reason (why couldn't most of that be on disc rather than on server? I haven't played so I don't know, but I don't think there's an answer for that question), but it's still a reason. Just a crappy one.

So I think other companies will do this, but it's going to be for big games and games that logically have a reason to be connected to the internet at all times, even for single player. This is why I doubt Fortnite will do this - it'd pretty much tank a game that's a gamble, anyway (I also don't get why that isn't a f2p multiplayer only game, but we know nothing about it so I'm sure my expectations aren't too close to what it actually is.)

The next game to do this will either be a surefire hit or it's going to die.
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