Blizzard backtracks on Diablo III expectation fiasco

 Blizzard backtracks on Diablo III expectation fiasco

Blizzard has backtracked on a message by one of its community managers that told gamers to lower their expectations for Diablo III, with the game's director assuring fans that the wait will be worth it.

Blizzard has backtracked on a message by one of its community managers that told gamers to lower their expectations for Diablo III, with the game's director assuring fans that the wait will be worth it.

 
A Blizzard employee writing under the name Bashiok caused controversy earlier this week when he told people who have waiting up to 12 years for this game that they should “lower those expectations.”
 
While he might have had a valid point about over a decade of hype, Diablo III's Game Director, Jay Wilson, was quick to step in, assuring players that Bashiok's post was “obviously sarcastic” and that “nothing could be further from the truth” when it comes to the idea of people lowering their expectations for the hack and slash RPG.
 
The problem is that if Bashiok's post was sarcastic, it certainly was not obvious. Not only does this comment from Wilson suggest a bit of a cover-up, it is also somewhat insulting to the thousands of players who expressed disgruntlement at Bashiok's buzz-killing words, as it implies that they did not cop on to what was supposedly “obvious.”
 
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Wilson also added more fuel to the fire by saying that the beta version of the game is in “good shape,” a rather tame choice of words for what many are expecting to keep them up into the wee hours as they roam some dungeons. However, Wilson did say that the full build that the company is working on is in “great shape,” suggesting there's more to come for those testing the game.
 
“We want you to have high expectations for Diablo III and all Blizzard games,” said Wilson. “That’s what pushes us to try to make the best gaming experiences we possibly can. … If Diablo III wasn’t a worthy next installment in the Diablo series, we wouldn’t release it. That’s the way we do it. That’s the way we’ve always done it.”
 
Worthy is one thing. Ground-breaking and better than the previous two is a whole different game altogether. If Blizzard staff are not so sure, then it's hard to expect gamers to be either.