Since the other excellent post by Permaximum was trolled apart I put my answer in a new thread so more can read and indulge in my answer. See the original thread here http://diablo.incgamers.com/forums/s...obert-A-Kotick
Hello fellow IncGamers
I don't get why you people are trolling Permaximus post. It's all true.
I am a small business owner myself so maybe I have an easier time understanding the deeper content of it.
You must understand that this game is a major failure in a strict business profit viewpoint. Do you think the Diablo 3 developers were initially being able to use 12(!!) years to develop Diablo 3 if it wasn't for World of Warcrafts success and earnings? No they would've gone bust a long time ago.
I really don't think that Diablo 3 will be (as) profitable. You need to count and take inte consideration all the expenses, software, hardware, social costs, office rent, for every person who has worked with it since 2000+.
Just look at Apple, every single product they manufacture is selling like mad. Or even better and relative to this thread, check out Activisions games. Most, if not all of them are a doing a major profit (most of them are garbage, but young people tend to like playing garbage games).
Diablo 3.. not so profitable. It all depends on how much we, the consumers will use the RMAH. I for one, will not.
I just wonder where the game would have ended up if Blizzard North was still in charge of its development.
And I would gladly pay good money to hear some recordings from these meetings, be able to understand why Blizzard HQ ditched them. And also how the merge with Activsion made the game release LATER than expected. The most obvious would be the opposite.
If I were a major shareholder I would call for heads to roll. Maybe that's why Blizzard let 600 people go?
Sadly It looks more and more like Diablo 3 will be big budget, action packed, linear Hollywood remake of a great concept. I hope I'm wrong.