In mid-November, Blizzard Entertainment announced that it would end Blizzard game services in China on January 23, 2023.
Works include WoW, Hearthstone, Warcraft 3 Reforged, Overwatch, StarCraft series, Diablo 3, and Heroes of Storm. However, Diablo Immortal continues to maintain the contract as it is separated under a separate contract.
With this contract termination, NetEase’s ‘Chinese version of Lineage’ Epic of Tia draws attention in China. Tia Epic is a hardcore MMORPG that started service on March 3, 2019.
True to the ‘Chinese version of Lineage’ stigma, moving itself is money (which drives billing). When reviving after death, actions such as moving to the ‘stamina system’ are severely limited, and when playing normally to clear a quest, death due to malicious player intervention (PVP), item loot, etc. It showed the spicy of ‘MMORPG’.
In particular, the village without a ‘protected space’ also encouraged extreme PVP. Villages are generally set as peaceful areas where PVP is impossible, but the defense system is replaced by the ‘bad karma’ system, and when users who try reckless PKing get eliminated, they choose a method that allows them to sweep items without the ‘bad karma’ penalty.
The game, which was compared to WoW at the time of its release in 2019 and was criticized, has seen an influx of ‘refugees’ (users who have left to find new games due to controversy or the termination of an existing game service) since the WoW service. three years later, recently revived.
On the bulletin board, which has long complained about patches and billing policies, posts like ‘I’m a new user’ and ‘Tips for new users’ appear occasionally.
Meanwhile, Blizzard took measures to incorporate the Taiwan server into the ‘global server’ around the same time as the end of service in China. Although it cannot be said that it is a measure to directly prevent the departure of Chinese consumers, it cannot be said that it is a measure that is not related to this at all.