On the menu of JV Daily today, we are talking about Diablo Immortal shot down by the players. We continue with the next Sonic already boycotted, and we end with Morbius which is still missing in theaters. A very happy program.
- Diablo Immortal’s economic model strongly criticized
- The end of the Fortnite season
- Players facing Sonic Frontiers
- The soap opera Abandoned
- Morbius back in theaters
Diablo Immortal’s economic model strongly criticized
Diablo Immortal was released on June 2 on mobile. If it’s already a huge success, the game is also being massacred for its “Pay to win” economic model. At present, the game boasts a user score of 0.7 on Metacritic for this exact reason. Moreover, the game is banned in several countries, namely Belgium and the Netherlands. For good reason, lootboxes are prohibited in both territories. “It is illegal to try to circumvent these restrictions”, adds a Blizzard employee on Reddit. Better not to try to circumvent the system with a VPN for example. Belgium ruled lootboxes illegal in 2018 because it violated gambling laws. In the Netherlands, we remember the scandal of EA which had been fined because of its FUT packs in FIFA.
In the past, Blizzard had contented itself with removing the loot box systems from the Belgian versions of its games, such as Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm. The choice not to market Diablo Immortal in Belgium and the Netherlands could be a clue as to the omnipresence of these systems in the game. Players criticize Diablo Immortal for being able to buy so-called legendary emblems and gems. These gems are one of three pillars of character progression, along with regular gear and experience level. In addition, they determine the progress at the end of the game
Recently; a YouTuber calculated how much it costs to max out a character’s Legendary Gems in Diablo Immortal, and the sum is over six figures. According to the scholarly calculations of the YouTube channel Bellular News, Maxing out a character costs no less than US$110,000 with the game’s current economy. In detail, the system is generally very convoluted. Legendary Gems aren’t even guaranteed for paying players, since they’re randomly awarded when purchasing loot boxes.
On the press side, the Metascore is pretty good. It stands at 81%, although at the moment only a handful of reviews are available. The problem of loot boxes is necessarily singled out. “If the simple in-game purchases were cosmetic, the game would only end up growing,” says Ouest France. “The Pay to Win aspect is likely to make the most invested players cringe” say our colleagues from MGG. It’s up to you if you want to embark on the adventure.
The end of the Fortnite season
After a few days of teasing, Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 came to an end this weekend. The impact took place on Saturday evening exactly. A long maintenance ensued. Point Zéro took another direction. The IO forces have been decimated. The map has been remodeled, and we are far from the tensions between the Seven and the Imaginary Order although a new threat weighs. As always, this Relax season comes with a big update that adds locations, weapons, events, skins, quests, and a new battle pass.
The West of the map now has giant mushrooms, caves, geysers, all with a purple cast. A fairly dreamlike atmosphere for this area, carried by the Tree of Reality which also offers interiors, and which, through its “powers”, allows players to ride and shoot from mounts such as boars and wolves. As the season is also party season, the Cave has been converted into a nightclubwhile the top of the relief is now occupied by a thrill ride Epic does not forget the daily quests as well as the new Battle Pass which notably contains… Darth Vader!
Players facing Sonic Frontiers
Teased and then announced last December, Sonic Frontiers waited until June 2022 to finally show itself. The new blue hedgehog adventure, which will take place in an open world, has, for the first time, been illustrated with gameplay, and it did not completely appeal to the players. During the presentations, we discovered vast environments with many rather strange structures, green plains, and above all a Sonic who runs, jumps, rolls and slides everywhere. Without the boosts, Sonic admittedly needs a bit of time to get up to speed, but then we see him speeding through the area.
We also had a small preview of the fights during which Sonic faces strange robotic creatures. He rolls, rushes at his opponents and uses different techniques to overcome them. In summary, we were able to get a real glimpse of the game. However, it is far from having convinced the public and the fans. While the title is still in development, the players quickly made their displeasure known. Apart from the clipping, which shows elements of the decor at more or less long distance, the fans denounced a lack of artistic direction in the environments, structures “placed there” without any apparent logic, feelings of limited speed, and felt like they were seeing Sonic move from one point of interest to another in a game with a “dated” structure.
Here is what we can read in particular in the comments: “Sonic Frontiers seems to have automated an open world game”. “Based on this video, I’m worried about Sonic Frontiers. I was so excited. I’ve waited five years for this, and I’m not happy. I feel like a, go there, do this.” The broadcast of the video presentation of the fights did not really help matters, since the negative opinions were numerous, pointing among other things to their “softness” and the rigidity of the animations. Overall, players seem pretty worried, even though these are just short snippets, likely captured in an early game area.
In an attempt to change things, fans started the hashtag #DelaySonicFrontiers (in French Reportez Sonic Frontiers), which has been taken up several thousand times on Twitter. Fans are hopeful of being heard by SEGA, for several reasons. There is the case of the movie Sonic. Remember the broadcast of the first trailer for the feature film, the appearance of the blue hedgehog had triggered such a wave of protests that the design had been completely revised. Case to follow.
The soap opera Abandoned
A big investigation by Gamespot reveals that Abandoned does not exist, and paints a very disturbing portrait of the creator. In April 2020, many players see this game as the hidden return of the Silent Hill saga or Hideo Kojima’s next game. The title finally suffered the wrath of the internet because of risky communication and several media flops. From broken promises to catastrophic technical bugs, especially during the launch of his “experience” on PlayStation 5, director Hasan Kahraman’s apologies were not enough to convince the public.
GameSpot investigated the project, before concluding that Abandoned is ultimately just a huge lie. In exchange for access to “screenshots, animations, and even a page of the game’s storyline,” members of a Discord group would be required to sign a confidentiality agreement. The director “promises a lot, including paid work to fans, but delivers very little,” the site claims. The latter reveals that over the past few months, the idea behind the project has not stopped changing… from vampires to a cult story. Simply put, Hasan Kahraman has no idea where he is going. Even worse, there is no concrete evidence of the existence of the game. Kahraman would wait for investment to produce the playable prologue, which is also very far from being completed.
Morbius back in theaters
Morbius made an unexpected return to US theaters and once again flopped. The film earned just US$85,000 on Friday after returning to over 1,000 theaters, bringing its national total to 73.6 million dollars … information reported by Forbes. Morbius, released on April 1, 2022, follows the adventures of Michael Morbius, a renowned scientist affected by a blood disease he wishes to get rid of. During his research, he discovers that the solution to this problem is linked to a species of vampire bats. Of course, the test of the serum in international waters goes wrong and the scientist is left with the powers and needs of the vampiric creature.
Presented by some critics as “the worst Marvel film before Venom: Let There Be Carnage”, Morbius inherits the 17% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Reviews are summed up with these words: ‘Cursed with uninspired effects, lazy performances and a story bordering on nonsense, this blandness is a futile attempt to make Morbius a reality. Espinosa has been the target of a lot of mockery and misappropriation of all kinds. On social networks, we have seen quite a few memes inventing lines that are not in the film or imagining the sequel to Morbius in the Morbius into the Morbi way. -pours.
Even Jared Leto, who isn’t particularly known for his sense of humor, posted a video on Twitter poking fun at Morbius and this line that went viral: “It’s Morbin’ time.” It is a reference to the “Morphin Time” of the Power Rangers, which made the happiness of Internet users. Jared Leto pretends to read a secret script… that of a Morbius 2 called “It’s Morbin’ time!”. In the euphoria of the moment and the general good mood, Sony then thought that giving the film a chance and organizing a new theatrical release would be a good idea. It was obviously not the best idea. At the same time, the timing was not in favor of Morbius, Top Gun: Maverick being released on May 27th. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which just surpassed $900 million in total revenue, is another thorn in Morbius’ side.