The Blizzard You Knew Is Gone

Not long after Overwatch released in 2016, Chris Metzen stepped down from his role in Blizzard. While he had not been a founder, he had become a core component in the foundation of the company. His exit, along with other long-time leaders in the company, seemed to be a turning point in how Blizzard would function.

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SlagWolf574d ago

The moment Activision bought them I knew they were dead

harmny574d ago

Lol 1st Activision didn't buy them. 2nd they merged ELEVEN YEARS AGO. Activision was considered a good company. Modern warfare for example

PhoenixUp574d ago (Edited 574d ago )

Since when did being merged automatically mean getting bought out?

Are you going to say Squaresoft bought Enix, or Namco bought Bandai, or Tecmo bought Koei, or Sega bought Sammy?

Elwenil573d ago

When you "merge" with another company and that other company is the one with all the control and you have none, yeah, you may as well have been bought out. You can call it a "merger" to save face, but everyone knows what it really means.

jmtstan573d ago

i still remember at one time it was called Square Electronic Arts.....

CorndogBurglar574d ago

Jesus. Not only are you wrong, but it's scary how many people agreed with you.

Tiqila573d ago

They weren't literally bought by Activision. But they adopted Activisions business philosophy, which is even worse.

harmny573d ago

Business philosophy? Blizzard pioneered the subscription model for write wow. 15$ per month.

Juancho51573d ago

Although they were not necessarily "bought" by Activision, they associated themselves and gave control to a company that was on the wrong path (from a gamer's point of view not shareholder).

Blizzard provided me with countless hours of entertainment especially via BATTLE.NET, will always be grateful for that, but have come to terms long ago that they're not the same anymore. It's a new age of gamers and unfortunately they're much easier to please.

Profchaos573d ago

I remember that point wow was only a year or two old and had like 10 million active subs shortly after the merger everything from blizzard felt forced and churned out

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DrShoe574d ago

Blizzard mutated into something quite disgusting the second Bobby Kotick and Activision sunk their parasitic teeth into it.

harmny574d ago

Chris metzen? MIKE MORHAIME

v_eno_m573d ago

For me, it was when Mike M stepped down a week before blizzcon.

Mr Marvel573d ago

That tone-deaf clusterf*ck of a presentation confirmed my fears for Blizzard as a whole.

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls UEE is one of my favourite games of all time, but I couldn’t even tell you if that mobile trash “game” (Immortal) has been released yet. (Ok, according to Google, the mobile trash game is still planned for this year.)

harmny573d ago

Don't you have a phone?

william_cade572d ago

Diablo 2 was/is my favorite Diablo, but now with strong drive toward censorship, i don't think we will see another like it.

@harmny: Don't you speak Mandarin? XD (actually, I'm learning but don't tell hem that)

instantstupor573d ago (Edited 573d ago )

There was ONE SENTENCE during their press junket around the D:I nonsense that proved this to me:

"In terms of Blizzard's approach to mobile gaming, many of us over the last few years have shifted from playing primarily desktop to playing many hours on mobile, and we have many of our best developers now working on new mobile titles across all of our IPs"

Best developers turning IPs into mobile titles. Primarily mobile players. I mean, what else needs to be said? They want to be Rovio now. My hurts.

Profchaos573d ago (Edited 573d ago )

Well at the height of the xxxxx with Friends games Zynga was taking in money hand over fist so much they managed to get the head of ms to join them and then mobile games died Or the bored senior citizens and Facebook mums moved on

Profchaos573d ago (Edited 573d ago )

Best reveal ever.

Is this some sort of out of season April fools joke

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