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Blizzard Warns Diablo 3 May Not Live Up To Hype

Candid but disappointing

Feb 23 2012, 2:08pm CST | by

Blizzard Warns Diablo 3 May Not Live Up To Hype
 
 

If you're excited about the new addition to the Diablo series, you aren't alone. But Blizzard hopes you just aren't *too* excited.

Diablo III is on the horizon, and fans of its two predecessors are understandably excited about the potential of a new entry in the series. Diablo III will, of course, be a hack-and-slash adventure with epic environments and awesome graphics.

But what else will it contain? According to the Blizzard community manager who goes by the online handle Bashiok, "I too worry that we won't be able to meet the expectations people have built up for themselves."

That's what he wrote in an online forum where fervent gamers were discussing what they expect in the new title. Some expressed skepticism about whether or not it would live up to the hype.

"Part of my job is managing people's expectations, so... eh... stop it. Stop thinking about how awesome this game could be. Just imagine it's a new M. Night Shyamalan movie. Sure Sixth Sense was amazing and Unbreakable had it's moments, but this right here is the sequel to The Village ... or The Happening ... or Signs ... or any of the movies besides the two I first mentioned. So just like, lower those expectations, but still definitely buy the game please, and everything will be just fine. K?" Bashiok continued.

While sobering, it is nice to see someone actually be frank and honest with the consumers they're marketing to. Then again, maybe he's just lowering our expectations so that when it comes out, it will be so amazing that everyone freaks out with excitement. Right?

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/6" rel="author">Mark Raby</a>
Based in New York City, Mark follows the consumer electronics industry like a hawk. A published book author, he has a particular affinity for 3D technology and video games, and as such will surely be in the market for a new pair of glasses soon. Mark can be contacted directly at mark@i4u.com.

 

 

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