It breaks my heart to write this.
The most recent Developer update is another exercise in damage control and empty promises. This was not an apology, but a series of rationalizations for the release of an inferior product designed to deflect the blame.
Loyal Blizzard fans like myself have been playing since the beginning and have put up with a lot over the years. Blizzard has slowly ruined WoW, released overpriced and inferior content for Starcraft (Nova Ops), essentially abandoned HotS, and completely dropped the ball with Diablo: Immmortal and the HK/Blitzchung fiasco. While no company is perfect and there were surely several variables that factored into some of these decisions, there has been no transparency.
It doesn’t feel like the leadership at Blizzard has any idea what we want anymore. I know that some of you are fine with this release, but after several years of disappointments and betrayals, the botched release of WC3R was the last straw for me and several others. I am not giving Blizzard another penny until they release the game we were promised.
Still, if we want Blizzard to actually acknowledge and fix the problems with this game we need to act. Activision runs the show now, and they are only concerned with the bottom line.
They are under no obligation to do anything, so we have to vote with our wallets:
- Get a refund for this game ASAP
- Cancel any preorders you have for other Blizzard games (e.g. Shadowlands)
- Do not pre-order any new Blizzard games
- Do not buy anything from the Blizzard store (pets, mounts, gems for HotS, cards for HS, WoW time, etc.) until they give us the game we originally paid for
- Only play Blizzard games you already own or have paid for
If we do not make it clear that we won’t give them more of our money, they won’t listen. Like several others in the last few days, I’ll probably be suspended or banned for this post, but I don’t care anymore. Blizzard, my favorite video game developer of all time, has lied and let me down for the last time.