Time change so the top is not always the top. Call it hubris, complacency, etc. but things tend to be cyclical to a degree.
I would challenge one point here… I wouldn’t say Blizzard is in a downward trajectory on every franchise based on three franchises:
I’ll start with HS because this is the HS forums. I don’t think it is in decline… I think we saw that last year. The past 6 months feels like a slight increase in quality and maybe a plateau point to me.
Do you remember how poor it was originally? Reaper of Souls and surrounding patches + the last major set update that was done fixed A LOT of the issues with D3. It still has a core game fail in weapon damage = scale factor but that is such a base part of the game that it was never going to be fixed in the game itself due to how much rebalancing would have been needed in RoS. What is Diablo 3 now? A game with great gameplay (action) but still a relatively shallow itemization, customization, and repetitive play through. At least though the team has improved it from a “meh” gameplay, boring itemization, and poor customization to at least tolerable levels of itemization and customization and very good gameplay.
I just have to take other individual’s words on this that I know. Overwatch is not my type of game but from friends who play it they still think it is quite good and still has a lot of potential. There are some comp issues, etc. from what I understand but the core gameplay is still quite good I hear.
A combination of our expectations and Blizzard’s performance created some truely memorable games in Diablo 1+2, WC2+3, SC, and WoW. The truth is that our expectations have gone WAY UP, the competition has gotten better, and Blizzard has had some missteps.