- Apr 5, 2020
Are we really taking Activision's side here?Blizzard is worse that Square when it comes to announcing games way too long before they'll ever release.
Diablo Immortal is just a fucking mobile game announced two years ago and it still aint out.
Diablo 4 announced last year, with no hope of anything even close to playable beta anytime soon.
Diablo 3 was revealed in 2009 and released in 2012.
While square certainly takes longer to develop a game, one could argue that Square works on more games at any given time than blizzard. You'd think for a company that only is really actively working on three projects continously, they would have a more consistant output. Hell even Activision has been annoyed with how long Blizzard takes to fucking do anything on several earnings calls.
If you're throwing in Square's remakes and DLC, then you also need to include SC2 and D3 (still getting extra content), StarCraft: Remastered, and Warcraft III: Reforged.Think about it for a second right... Square this year alone (a pandemic year mind you) Has worked on and released: Kingdom Hearts 3 DLC, Final Fantasy 14 content, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Trials of Mana, Avengers, (and that's the stuff that released.) Additionally projects in development are: Nier remaster, FF7R-2, FF16, FF14 content and expansion, plus much more we dont know about yet. And their production is higher in years when there isn't a Plague.
Meanwhile Blizzard is working on:
and a little bit of Heroes of the Storm but I don't think they do much with it anymore.
I'm not sure if this is even a good comparison, because Blizzard's M.O. has been to have a few select titles and keep adding content, whereas Square is more conventional (numerous titles released).
StarCraft and Diablo II both had infamous crunch periods. But you're right, not recently. Blizzard's got the cash to develop at its own pace...or did, before Activision fucked things up.On the bright side I can't recall ever hearing about dangerous crunch periods from them so......