Diablo 4 Patch Backlash

Blizzard seems to have really kicked the hornet's nest with its latest update for Diablo 4. Patch 1.1.0 released just a couple of days ago at the time of writing, and to say that it hasn't gone down well would be a dramatic understatement. Said update makes sweeping changes to the game's balance, most notably nerfing a wide range of class builds and damage-enhancing mechanics. Basically, a lot players who have toiled away at creating powerful post-campaign characters feel like they've been punished for no good reason.

Now, keeping your hardcore audience happy is never easy — and a studio like Blizzard knows this better than anyone — but the negativity surrounding Diablo 4 has absolutely exploded over the last 48 hours or so. The incredibly popular Diablo reddit, for example, is in meltdown, and you can find countless heated opinions all over social media. What's more, numerous Diablo-focused YouTube channels and streamers have started laying into the game and Blizzard's decisions, adding yet more fuel to the fire.

It's the kind of backlash that will have a lasting effect on how the game is perceived, and so Blizzard has been quick to try and limit the damage. Community director Adam Fletcher has confirmed that the developer will host a 'Campfire Chat' this Friday to talk about the update and player feedback — although it's hard to imagine a scenario where the team is able to placate Diablo 4's angry player hordes.

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

What are your thoughts on Diablo 4 right now? What do you make of the new update? Wonder why your damage has fallen off a cliff in the comments section below.

[source twitter.com]