As we learned last Tuesday, Diablo II Resurrected was pretty much the one bight spot in Blizzard’s Q3 2021, lifting the studio through an otherwise difficult quarter where there wasn’t much else to talk about.
Unfortunately for Blizzard, D2R is a buy and play game, so the majority of the income they will ever get from it came in one big bubble in September. They will sell more copies over time, but it won’t have the legs to save Q4 2021.
One obvious thought is basically, gee, could we have some more D2R content? That probably isn’t viable, at least in the short term.
But they could add a few things to make the game a longer term prospect. Again, that won’t sell a bunch more copies, but making it a game with even more too it might sustain the remaining sales cycle longer. And that is where Carbot comes in, because he has a video up about additions he would like to see for D2R.
The video kicked off with a bit of silliness with the first idea, but seems pretty solid from there forward. I personally like the second idea about mercenaries, or at least having a way to put your mercenary away for a fight because the price of a ress starts getting a bit crazy at higher levels.
I am not sure how much more Blizzard can do with D2R. But the original Blizzard North team seemed to think that a remaster wasn’t possible, much less porting it to consoles, so you never know what they might come up with.