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ChinaJoy 2020 is just a few days away, and attending the event are Blizzard and NetEase, so we may get some sort of Diablo Immortal announcement.

During the Activision Blizzard Q4 2019 Earnings Call, Blizzard mentioned that Diablo Immortal would become available for testing for the first time in Mid-2020, but the testing phase has not begun yet, even though NetEase said back in April 2019 that the upcoming mobile title was pretty much ready from their perspective

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ChinaJoy 2020 runs from July 31 through August 3. Attending the event are both Blizzard and NetEase, co-developer of Diablo Immortal, so we might get an announcement, tied explicitly to Diablo Immortal, what do you think?

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Immortal is way overdue. This game should have been out by now. Everything is so wrong about this game and it's all politics. Either they are trying to avoid negativity (for which it's too late now) by postponing the release or it's China's fault with their approval of games, etc. Whatever the reason, it's sure as hell that it's not because they are "taking their time to make a great game". Blizzard is not even directly developing it! 

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If I ws Blizzard I would really rethink their connection to activision.

 

This game will never really do much outside of China just due to the currant politics right now. Even if the game will be allowed to be released in the US

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4 hours ago, bambina said:

Immortal is way overdue. This game should have been out by now. Everything is so wrong about this game and it's all politics. Either they are trying to avoid negativity (for which it's too late now) by postponing the release or it's China's fault with their approval of games, etc. Whatever the reason, it's sure as hell that it's not because they are "taking their time to make a great game". Blizzard is not even directly developing it! 

It might actually be the reason that they take their time with it. After all that happened the the last two years. 
Even SC2 which was announced 2007 got heavily delayed until 2010. So they probably look back at that and think they want to be sure. The terrible reputation and non-existend hype for Immortal can only be compensated by its quality by now. Not like the WoW expansion which get hyped and bought either way.

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8 hours ago, Zelendel said:

If I ws Blizzard I would really rethink their connection to activision.

 

This game will never really do much outside of China just due to the currant politics right now. Even if the game will be allowed to be released in the US

Well I guess it's a good thing you aren't Blizzard then. You sound like you'd be surprised on how little impact politics and internet drama have on game purchases. It really does depend on if the game is good or not.

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45 minutes ago, leapingshadow said:

Well I guess it's a good thing you aren't Blizzard then. You sound like you'd be surprised on how little impact politics and internet drama have on game purchases. It really does depend on if the game is good or not.

This is not true in the least.  Blizzards sales fell 27% after the blizzchung deal. China is also seeing a huge anti Chinese effort in not only India but other countries around the world.  The player base for Blizzard games fell 13% after it was found that the covid virus came out of China.

 

You also a re missing the fact that more and more US companies are being banned from even working with Chinese companies.

 

If it  was only if the games were good or not then Blizzard would be out of business.

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11 hours ago, Zelendel said:

This is not true in the least.  Blizzards sales fell 27% after the blizzchung deal. China is also seeing a huge anti Chinese effort in not only India but other countries around the world.  The player base for Blizzard games fell 13% after it was found that the covid virus came out of China.

 

You also a re missing the fact that more and more US companies are being banned from even working with Chinese companies.

 

If it  was only if the games were good or not then Blizzard would be out of business.

Source? The quarter suffered zero financial losses. Blizzard is more popular then ever, people really seem to forget the fact that years ago Blizzard was only Warcraft and you'd be a nerd for playing it. With Hearthstone and Overwatch, the company as a whole is larger than ever and more successful than ever.

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On 7/26/2020 at 4:20 PM, Zelendel said:

If I ws Blizzard I would really rethink their connection to activision.

ActiBlizz is their parent/holding company, before it was Vivendi, although they weren't much better. Most of these bad decisions are on Blizzard themselves, holding companies do not produce and manage goods (they own their stock).

I wonder what is the reason for this long delay, perhaps they are rethinking their business model? Work on Netease side has been reported as completed, so it's likely some polishing being done from Blizzard side, whether it be business model or some bugs etc.

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6 hours ago, leapingshadow said:

Source? The quarter suffered zero financial losses. Blizzard is more popular then ever, people really seem to forget the fact that years ago Blizzard was only Warcraft and you'd be a nerd for playing it. With Hearthstone and Overwatch, the company as a whole is larger than ever and more successful than ever.

Well considering the 28% in June (look it up,  not only is that foolish to ask others to do it for you, it is lazy) then they lost another 4% with Blizzchung. Now the US crack down on Chinese companies. It may become an issue, but we will see. 

 

As for forgetting, No I have not forgotten. I was here playing the first game they released. Back when they were Silicon & Synapse, Inc

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14 hours ago, Zelendel said:

Well considering the 28% in June (look it up,  not only is that foolish to ask others to do it for you, it is lazy) then they lost another 4% with Blizzchung. Now the US crack down on Chinese companies. It may become an issue, but we will see. 

 

As for forgetting, No I have not forgotten. I was here playing the first game they released. Back when they were Silicon & Synapse, Inc

You really need to post a source dude, I went looking and couldn't find a single thing about a 27%/28% loss in June. All I could see from a variety of sources, including Blizzards own quarterly report, was 2020 looking to be a great year for them. Their stock is also at an all time high, surpassing it's 2018 peak.

In fact the only thing I could see that looked like a loss is they predict a 2% decline from 2019's revenue.

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On 7/28/2020 at 1:02 AM, YMH said:

You really need to post a source dude, I went looking and couldn't find a single thing about a 27%/28% loss in June. All I could see from a variety of sources, including Blizzards own quarterly report, was 2020 looking to be a great year for them. Their stock is also at an all time high, surpassing it's 2018 peak.

In fact the only thing I could see that looked like a loss is they predict a 2% decline from 2019's revenue.

You really should stop relying on google for the search agent.  I normally dont baby sit, so this will be the only help I will offer. Look for an article from Forbes in August.

Yes the stock is high but only due to the pandemic. Sales of games increased where normally it would be failing. Once the pandemic is over and people get back to the real world their stock is expected to drop again. At least that is the advice I get from my broker.

 

But in the end it will all come down to how strict the US government gets. They could easily block all US companies from doing business with any Chinese based companies. It wouldnt be the first time they did something like that.

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