Mark Kern, the producer of Diablo 2, recently took to social media to express his extreme displeasure with the quality of Diablo 4. Kern accused the Diablo 4 development team of using “predatory strategies” to get users to spend more time in the game, with the sole purpose of collecting data to increase revenue.
The Diablo 4 patch is the worst patch in gaming history.
All Blizzard had to do was change few things to help players, very minor stuff.
Instead they got a bevy of baffling changes, all for the worse!
Asmongold sums it up: pic.twitter.com/Fi4CSEORgS
— Grummz (@Grummz) July 20, 2023
Kern specifically cited the implementation of “increased dungeon transfer times” in a weaker patch as an example. He said the move was made simply to collect more data points to feed into the overall profit model for analysis. Unfortunately, such judgments waste players’ valuable time, which is a common practice in many online service games.
Ironically, one of the main selling points of Diablo 4 during its announcement period was its departure from the style of Diablo 3 and return to the spirit of Diablo 2. The goal was to appeal to fans of the old Diablo 2 experience.
However, the fact that Mark Kern, the producer of the popular Diablo 2, is now openly expressing his dissatisfaction with Diablo 4 adds an ironic twist to the matter. It highlights the significant difference between the concept of the game as advertised and the actual execution as seen through the eyes of a veteran of the series.
Kern’s comments have sparked a debate in the gaming community about the ethics of game development and the value of user experience. It remains to be seen how the Diablo 4 development team will respond to these comments and whether any improvements will be made to address players’ concerns.
Ultimately, the success of Diablo 4 will be determined by its ability to strike a balance between compelling gameplay and fair revenue strategies while remaining true to the core of the popular brand. For now, the dedicated community can look forward to more updates and improvements from the developers.