I can understand!
The recent BlizzCon announcement of Blizzard taking the Diablo IP to mobile phones and tablets by outsourcing to NetEase, and refusing to discuss their monetization plans for Diablo Immortal during what was positioned by them as the major announcement of BlizzCon, has me thinking that the Switch will be the portable home of premium Diablo, not phones or tablets. Which helped push me to getting a Switch this Christmas.
I understand NetEase doesn’t have a good reputation when it comes to mobile game monetization, and the fact that Bobby Kotick had Activision-Blizzard spend $5.9 billion for King just seems to support that Blizard mobile games are likely to see Candy Crush style monetization. While I can see Blizzard devs not wanting to design a game to empty my wallet rather than provide quality entertainment for one premium price, outsourcing the IP to NetEase makes me uneasy (no pun intended). In fairness to Bobby Kotick and Activision-Blizzard, Nintendo seems to also be now following the same strategy as so many other developers … premium games on the Switch, FTP monetization on phones & tablets.
To end on a positive note, I will say that as a recent convert to Switch, and looking to learn more about it, I’ve enjoyed Shaun Musgrave’s articles over on TouchArcade. I’ve always enjoyed his RPG Reload, JRPG, and Tokyo Game Show coverage, now I appreciate his Switch coverage of sales and new releases. A good example of his honest and educated opinion can be found in his blurb on the new release of Chronus Arc in one of his recent SwitchArcade Round-Up:
Nope. Non . Nyet . Nein . Iie . There are only a couple of Kemco RPGs I would pay more than a tenner for, and this isn’t one of them. Never mind the cost. There are so many good RPGs you could be playing on your Switch that you shouldn’t ever have to resort to games that I’ve generously referred to as the “convenience store cheeseburgers of JRPGs". This one isn’t terrible as Kemco RPGs go, and it may in fact be one of the better ones from developer Hit-Point. But that’s not the point. You can get Cosmic Star Heroine for two dollars more than this. Go ahead, treat yourself.