4 Years After Diablo Immortal Backlash, Warcraft Arclight Rumble Gets Mostly Neutral Shrugs
Blizzard has unveiled its new mobile game, Warcraft Arclight Rumble, and nearly four years after fans went wild over Diablo Immortal’s first appearance, the tone of response from die-hard fans is much more measured.
If you missed the announcement, Warcraft Arclight Rumble is actually a Warcraft-themed version of Clash Royale. You and your opponent are essentially playing tower defense against each other, sending units to take down the enemy base while defending your own fortress.
“Yes, it’s a mobile game,” writes Reddit user echolog. This is currently the most prominent comment on the Arclight Rumble announcement in the World of Warcraft subreddit, and it pretty much sets the tone for community responses to the game across the board.
“Clearly not the target audience for this,” user Rambo_One2 also writes on Reddit, “but I’ll probably download it and give it a try.”
There’s some skepticism about the free-to-play monetization plans, which haven’t been revealed yet, but otherwise the community is responding to Arclight Rumble in a much more measured way than we’ve seen with Diablo Immortal – which shows that Blizzard probably learned a thing or two from this game’s infamous announcement.
Diablo Immortal was revealed during the opening ceremony of BlizzCon 2018. Seemingly intended as a big show-stopping announcement, it didn’t play well in front of an audience of die-hard Blizzard fans who were hoping for a real Diablo 4. – a game that would not be announced for another year.
This time, Blizzard made it clear that it would be a mobile game well ahead of the reveal stream, and rumors of a mobile Warcraft game had been circulating for years.
Blizzard has lost much of its prestige among die-hard fans over the years thanks to bad releases like Warcraft 3: Reforged, long delays for games like Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4, and, far more seriously, the continued fallout from the sexual harassment lawsuit. Part of the moderate response to Warcraft Arclight Rumble might be due to lowered expectations, but hopefully the game can exceed them once released.
Warcraft Arclight Rumble doesn’t have a release date yet, but it will soon be available in beta, and you can sign up for the test on the official site.
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