Mass Free To Play Discussion Thread
As much as this kind of thing interests me, can you please make a new thread in our general games forum if you want to discuss the financials of this game? It's continually derailing discussion of playing the actual game as people love taking the bait of arguing about how horrible free to play is.
I just find it funny that there are people who think Gameloft is a greedy corporation making a ton of money, when they are the last samurai of original console style/production value games on mobile, and really struggles to compete with the superpowers of this space. They are much closer to Zynga these days, just look up GLOFF US on Yahoo Finance.
Mobile gaming industry is a zero sum game. There are only so many whales on this planet, if they are spending money on one title, it is unlikely they will maintain another game simultaneously. As an indie you can afford to make a low production value game and survive because you are just trying to make your salary equivalent, as a listed company with high production value games, it is cut throat out there and you go from an angel to a penny stock in a hurry if you can not crack top grossing charts.
I been praying for a mega turn around for Gameloft ever since I read the preview of DH5 on TA. I love what they represent on mobile: high production value PC/console style games. I love the effort they put into DH5. The production value, the rich playing modes and great mix of Puzzles and Dragons style lottery and Clash of Clans style base building on top of a Diablo-lite. It is as good of an effort as anyone who can give with a Diablo-lite on mobile, but I am very sad it may not be enough to revive the genre on iOS, looking at the numbers so far.
The DH5 team is an amazingly talented team and deserves all the credit in the world to take a dated formula so far above and beyond the competition. It was a heroic effort against a massive uphill battle. I will continue to pray for that elusive mega hit that turns them around. I just don't know if Gameloft has enough leadership from France to save the company before it sinks for good.
Last edited by hitmantb; 03-13-2015 at 11:10 AM.