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Diablo Immortal has had an unfortunately disastrous few weeks. Prior to its release, the game was banned in Belgium and The Netherlands due to its inclusion of loot boxes, and it’s not exactly a great start if you can’t even release your game, is it?
This week, it was further unveiled that fully upgrading your character in this free-to-play MMO could cost a whopping £88,000. Oof. Well, the game has now been released and users have had their say - making Diablo Immortal the lowest-scoring game in Metacritic history. I didn’t even know scores could drop this low.
Take a look at Diablo Immortal's gameplay trailer below if you want to see what all the fuss is (or should I say isn't) about.
At the time of writing, Diablo Immortal has a score of just 0.5 out of 10. It’s received 4,282 user reviews to date and 4,102 of those are negative. Yeah, it’s that bad.
User wennov wrote, “Extremely paid to win, [and] purchase bait everywhere,” whilst RexToother said, “What I have learned from this game is that Blizzard will do anything for a fat paycheck. This pay-to-win garbage is absolutely disgusting and this once great company is now just pathetic.” I just winced.
The pay-to-win elements of Diablo Immortal were brought up in most reviews. Mhinqa declared, “WARNING: Do not waste your time with this game. Other ones exist that actually respect your time and money. Diablo Immortal uses many, if not all and more, of the most blatant and egregious monetisation practices to extract money from you. It is an embarrassment that this game left development with the way it is currently monetised. Avoid at all costs.”
Currently, Diablo Immortal is available on iOS and Android, whilst there is also an open beta on PC. Despite the controversy, the Diablo Immortal Twitter account labelled the launch the biggest “in franchise history”. As Jurassic World Dominion has already proved this weekend, a big launch doesn’t equate with a positive reception.
Featured Image Credit: Activision Blizzard, Meme
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