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Diablo 4’s Big Patch Backlash Prompts Damage Control Chat With Blizzard



Blizzard has really kicked the hornet’s nest with their latest update for Diablo 4. Patch 1.1.0 was released a few days ago at the time of writing, and to say it hasn’t gone down well would be a dramatic understatement. The said update makes extensive changes to the game’s balance, notably introducing a wider range of class builds and damage enhancement mechanics. In fact, many players who have worked hard to create powerful post-campaign characters feel that they have been punished for no reason.

Now, it’s never easy to keep your hardcore audience happy — and a studio like Blizzard knows that better than anyone — but the negativity surrounding Diablo 4 has completely exploded in the past 48 hours or so. Incredibly popular Diablo reddit, for example, is in recession, and you can find countless heated opinions all over social media. What’s more, many Diablo-centric YouTube channels and streamers have started to get involved in the game and Blizzard’s decisions, adding even more fuel to the fire.

It is such a reaction will do It has a lasting impact on how the game is perceived, and so Blizzard has tried to limit the damage. Community Director Adam Fletcher has confirmed that the developer will host a ‘campfire chat’ this Friday to talk about updates and player feedback – although it’s hard to imagine a situation where the team is able to calm the mob of angry Diablo 4 players.

Of course, Diablo 4 Season 1 launches later today at the time of writing this article, encouraging players to start a new seasonal character in pursuit of fresh challenges and subsequent rewards. Let’s hope it generates more positivity than the above patch…


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