Former Producer of “Diablo 3”: I don’t want to make a free mobile game, but Blizzard still does it
Jay Wilson, the former producer of Diablo 3, recently gave a speech at the Portland Retro Game Show, talking about the situation after the merger of Activision and Blizzard, and the feeling of Blizzard launching the free Diablo mobile game.
Jay Wilson said that Activision’s impact on Blizzard was like boiling a frog in warm water. At first, it didn’t feel like it, and then as the business model changed, it became more and more… Those newer, profitable products made them very stressed. big. “Things like Heroes of the Storm, they’ve been abandoned by the blindfold, they’re always talking about the player’s bottom line and how to get more out of it…”
“Diablo 3 was not affected,” he recalls, “because the Diablo series had a stable payment method, but then Activision Blizzard started talking about Diablo: Immortal a lot, and they wanted to launch a free “Diablo” mobile game, I thought it was not a good idea, but I had already left by then.
Jay Wilson said that Activision is changing its business philosophy and business model, and that many old Blizzard employees have left the company because they are disappointed with the status quo, which they believe will not make the game better.
Jay Wilson said: “When I was at Blizzard, the company had a saying, ‘We always want to be white hats.'” He lamented: “That means we want to be good people, and we want to do a lot of things that are good for players. The thing, if we charge players (the company wants to make money), it has to be reasonable, and that’s in direct conflict with Activision’s philosophy.”