I seldom blog about video gaming but this one is big. The Diablo franchise has a new installment, and from one video I have watched, it’s a quantum leap. The graphic is jaw dropping and we can now realistically interact with the environment such as the collapse of the structures as we battle. The control for the battle seems engaging. Check out one boss fight and I bet you have not quit seen something of that scale before.
I always try to seek a balance when I blog, a little something for everybody. From the business point of view, Blizzard Entertainment – a division of French Vivendi Games – is one gaming company that I admire deeply. Why? They don’t have many games and they only have three major franchises – Starcraft, Warcraft, and Diablo. They are not inventive but they enhance and implement the genre so well that all that they create are legendary, a huge gap for the rest of the companies to close. Starcraft is a 10 years old game and it is still played today. Recently, it is announced that Starcraft II is on its way. Warcraft has gone through a cycle of 3 installments and the MMORPG spin off (massively multi-player online role playing game) is a worldwide success taking the genre to a height that never has seen before. 10 million worldwide subscribers (Cynthia and I included) and it is a four years old game still going strong.
Another great thing I admire about Blizzard Entertainment is that unlike other gaming companies that are pressurized to release games even when the games are not ready for the shelves, Blizzard has the reputation of non-committing release dates. They will only release the games when they are ready. On top of that, they are not hesitate to can a project (like the venturing into the console gaming platform) if it doesn’t turn out right.
There is a pending merge of Vivendi Games (1 billion in revenue) with yet another giant Activision (3 billion in revenue) and the new entity is going to be called Activision Blizzard Inc. Now, I do want to own some of their shares.
Below is the cinematic teaser and if you like what you see, don’t miss the video that demonstrates the actual game play (click here and then click onto “Play Gameplay Vidoe” on the right).