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Blizzard: Diablo III Could Cannibalize WoW

Gamasutra has word from Blizzard's Frank Pierce, who says that their upcoming Diablo III may cannibalize World of Warcraft before the release of Titan, their next MMORPG. "It's hard to say. I think even a shorter-term concern is whether or not we might see cannibalization of WoW players from Diablo III when we launch it, because it's a similar type of experience. Not exactly similar, but it's that RPG feel," he tells them in response to a question about Titan cutting into WoW. "For us, I think it's really important that we recognize that somewhere, sometime it's likely that someone is going to cannibalize World of Warcraft players. So it's better we cannibalize them ourselves than let someone else do that, because if we cannibalize them ourselves, they're still a Blizzard customer."

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16. Re: Blizzard: Diablo III Could Cannibalize WoW Mar 21, 2011, 11:45 Wallshadows
 
While I doubt they will ever charge for their Battle.net service, I would not be surprised if they implement some ingame micro transactions to keep a steady stream of income aside from the initial purchase.

The Blizzard today is somewhat of a far cry from what is used to be in terms of making games for gamers and making money from gamers. While I understand the concept that a business needs to make money in order to survive, it seems as though they have made an extra leap in order to capitalize on their fanbase by offering things such as a Celestial Pony which was an incredibly impulsive purchase.

I remember checking it out and there was an actual % of their inventory left when you were going through to the purchase screen. A limited quantity on a virtual item? Hmmm....

Either way, I will be buying Diablo III regardless because it's one of my favorite titles for the simplicity and the random nature of the game through maps and items, the atmosphere and a pretty decent story.
 
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