Diablo Immortal's Chinese release may be in jeopardy after NetEase employee criticized Xi Jinping

Last week it was announced that the Chinese release for the controversial mobile game Diablo Immortal has been postponed. Although developers NetEase stated that the delay was to make optimizations, news recently began circulating that a NetEase employee criticized Xi Jinping on the Chinese social media app Weibu. Although it hasn’t been confirmed that this is the true reason behind Diablo Immortal’s delay, recent events in Chinese politics and the Chinese games industry strongly suggest that this could be a reason for the game’s delay.

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anast698d ago

I would like to see Immortal banned in every country. The game is sleazy.

Mobis-New-Nest696d ago

There just certain lines in life you never cross and that is the criticism of The Wise, The Great and Honorable, President Xi Jinping. Hopefully this employee will learn from his grave mistake and never utter a single word of criticism against The Wise, The Great, The Honorable, President Xi Jinping, long may he reign.

XiNatsuDragnel698d ago

Great news tbh blizzard needs a punishment for this.

SullysCigar698d ago

Lucky Chinese people then, they won't be duped for a while longer.

Hopefully a few more of them will hear about the crap Blizzard's pulling and will dodge the bullet completely.

Kaii698d ago

Don't you guys have phones?
My response is, don't you guys have your Chinese audience, but 1 rando managing to cancel this game with 1 post doesn't sway me, sadly, but I hope I'm wrong and this game gets canned and I'll be sporting 1 hellova Cheshire cat grin for weeks.

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Is 2K Games actually making FIFA 25, the next “best” entry yet?

FIFA president Gianni Infantino teases the future of FIFA games in a brand-new interview, and NBA 2K24 studio 2K Games might be behind it.

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Cacabunga2h ago(Edited 2h ago)

I truly hope so.. day one buy

Ninver1h ago

Time for a change. Football games haven't evolved much.

Cacabunga33m ago

It’s tough when there is no competition

anast4m ago(Edited 4m ago)

The barber shop and roulette wheel are going to be awesome.


Sorry George Miller, but you’re wrong about the Mad Max game

George Miller expressed dismay toward the 2015 Mad Max game recently, but Avalanche Studios' take on the lore is still so good to this day.

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lelo2play17h ago

Mad Max is a good game... George Miller should STFU.

-Foxtrot12h ago

I think the funny thing is if Kojima made a Mad Max game it would be so trippy and "out there" I don't think it would feel like Mad Max by the time he's done with it. This is why he's better off with original new IPs.

Kojima seems like a buzz word these film directors use because he's probably the only big name they've heard from the gaming industry.

Wretchedstain7h ago

Article is correct in my opinion, Miller is wrong. That Death Stranding II trailer is bonkers, looking forward to that in itself.

And I agree, unless Mr Kojima wants to change his tune, or laughably, be told what to do, you're right, it wouldn't be Mad Max or close.

porkChop7h ago

Yup, Kojima really doesn't suit Mad Max. Avalanche did a great job though. It looked, felt, and played like what I'd expect from a Mad Max game. I really enjoyed my time with it, and the sand storms were handled incredibly well.

TheGamingHounds6h ago

I never played it but the recent buzz around Mad Max has piqued my interest. Will check it out this year for sure

maelstromb6h ago(Edited 5h ago)

MM is not a perfect game by any means as it was held back by lots of repetitious, standard open-world copy and paste missions, but the devs SO perfectly captured the world, atmosphere, lore and brutality. It also just so happens to boast one of THE best photo modes out there and some of the most impressive explosions I've ever seen in a game to date. The car combat is of course another impressive standout, both vicious and fun. MM is a game which I have revisited multiple times since its release, and now having just seen Furiosa, I can feel it calling me back again.

There's a ton to love there, but I think you'll pickup on the areas where the devs struggled likely due to reigning in the scope, budget and time constraints, leading to an incredibly fun, albeit uneven experience. Though, as mentioned, it's absolutely a game worth experiencing once, and I truly hope you enjoy it. The game really does deserve a sequel.

victorMaje4h ago

Word for word. Exactly this. A lot of fun to be had in there. A true Mad Max game. Sequel can’t come soon enough.

maelstromb5h ago

Honestly, Kojima would do the game justice, but given his studio's current workload, it's a bit far flung. I could much rather see Bend Studios (Days Gone dev) doing a Mad Max follow-up. I'm playing through DG right now for the first time and I see lots of similarities between the games to where imo Bend could develop an impressive MM sequel.

VersusDMC5h ago

While i like the Mad Max game and think it's underrated...i don't know why people are mad at George Miller for not liking the game based on the IP he created. Especially since a lot of people hated it at release as well looking at that 69% metacritic.

-Foxtrot25m ago

I think the issue is the studio was told by higher ups and most likely himself to make something linear yet when they got a first look at it they didn’t like it and wanted something open world

The head guy was basically like “you’ve just hired an open world dev and forced them to do a linear game yet now you want open world which has just wasted a year of development which we could have done from the start”

I think that’s why people are p****** because of the context the lead dev at Avalanche has given us.

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Neil Druckmann clarifies true intent of new Naughty Dog game comments

Following a recent interview with Sony, Naughty Dog head Neil Druckmann claims the original intent was “unfortunately lost” in the process.