Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI) has eliminated the ability to apologize in Hearthstone by removing the “sorry” button from the game.
The feature has been in existence since the game was released but it will no longer be available after the recent release of patch 5.0. Most of the gamers who used the sorry button used it for sarcastic reasons though there might be a few who used it to apologize sincerely. The tendency to do that has been dubbed “bad manners”, and some players consider it annoying.
It is also claimed that some of the game’s best players use the apology feature as a tactic. A good example is using the “sorry” emote to make the opponents think that they have the upper hand even when they do not. The company has replaced the “sorry” button with a “wow” button. The new button has a variety of responses including “astonishing!”, “Incredible!” and a few other words that commend good performance.
The new patch also included a few extra changes that are designed to introduce a new balance to things before the launch of the Whispers of The Old Gods expansion. There are changes to many of the classic cards as the firm had announced about a week ago. Blizzard has not released a lot of details about the changes, but it made a few comments about the introduction of the “wow” emotes to replace the apology feature.
The company believes that the use of the “wow” emotes, and all the positive responses associated with it will bring a sense of sincerity into the game. Blizzard hopes that the new changes will be accepted and appreciated by gamers. The company hopes that gamers will adopt it as a compliment, and therefore it is expected to replace the “well played” emote. Gamers can, therefore, use it especially in cases where their opponents do something impressive during game play.
The new feature plus the other changes to the cards are thus expected to enhance the experience and make the game more immersive.