Blizzard cancels World of Warcraft mobile game over financial dispute.- Activision Blizzard seems to have canceled an upcoming mobile game title set in the World of Warcraft universe due to financial disputes with partner company netease, despite netease having worked on the largely successful, however controversial Diablo Immortal - Article by The Washington Post.
Diablo Immortal generates $100m in lifetime revenue - Diablo Immortal, while steeped in controversy over it’s abuse of micro-transactions, has generated $100 million dollars in revenue after 2 months since it’s initial release. The joint venture from Activision Blizzard and NetEase has been downloaded over 20 million times between Apple’s App Store, and the Google Play Store since launch, with 59% of spending generated via the App Store, and 41% via Google’s Play store. This hefty revenue was generated despite the delayed release of Diablo Immortal in China. - Article by GameIndustry.biz
Bounty Star - Bounty Star is an over-the-shoulder 3D action game that marries mech combat and customization with farming and base building. The player takes on the role of a broken but powerful ex-soldier named Clem, a war veteran, talented fighter and expert mech pilot. - (2023, Steam, XBOX, Game Pass)
Overwatch 2 Survey Asking About $45 Skins 'Not Indicative Of Final Pricing' - A survey causing waves within the Overwatch 2 community is "not indicative of final pricing," a spokesperson tells IGN, as Blizzard seeks to introduce a version of the popular shooter without loot boxes. - Article by IGN
Diablo Immortal Player Says He Can’t Get A Match After Spending $100,000 - Diablo Immortal’s pay-to-win mechanics have been controversial since the game launched back in June. Now they’ve also apparently broken the game for at least one YouTuber who reportedly spent over $100,000 on beefing up his Barbarian character. The player’s win rate is seemingly so good the game won’t even match him against other players, torpedoing his prospects of competing in the latest Rite of Exile end game event. - Article by Kotaku
Diablo Devs Say Activision Back To Its Old ‘Union-Busting’ Tricks - Nearly two months after Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick announced the company would finally begin bargaining its first union contract with the Game Workers Alliance at Raven Software, staff at Blizzard Albany, currently working on Diablo IV, say the publisher is back to trying to union-bust. They accuse Activision Blizzard of rehiring the law firm Reed Smith to undermine their own organizing effort rather than voluntarily recognize the company’s second union. - Article by Kotaku.
The Forest Cathedral - The Forest Cathedral is a first-person psychological thriller set on a remote island. Playing as scientist Rachel Carson, players will slowly uncover the effects of DDT by using advanced environmental technology to solve 2D/3D connected puzzles in this dramatic reimagining of Silent Spring. (2022, Steam, Demo Available)