Diablo 4 will not feature pay-to-win mechanics. In a developer blog post, Activision Blizzard has confirmed that the highly anticipated dungeon crawler title will have cosmetic items only in its in-game store. The intentional statement came in the wake of the controversy over their previous release, Diablo Immortal, which offered gameplay advantages in exchange for real-world money. The upcoming Diablo 4 also includes a Battle Pass system and is set to release in 2023 on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, and PC.
Blizzard confirms the news quarterly update reportDetailing his plans for Diablo 4. Kegan Clarke, Product Director of Diablo IV, said, “In designing our in-game purchases, we aim to create beautiful things that give value to the players’ game experience.” The latest installment will see the return of Season Journey, as players are tasked with exploring the sanctuary and earning limited-time rewards at the end of each chapter. Blizzard plans to increase the difficulty level in later stages, creating a rewarding experience for skilled players. Like Diablo 3, Seasons Journey will be free for all.
Season Pass Diablo 4 features a new Live Service monetization system, which combines new discoveries, challenges, and improvements in quality of life in-game. Think of it like a battle pass system, where completing and leveling up tasks unlocks new items. But as mentioned earlier, these rewards are only cosmetics and do not add any value to gameplay or skill. The tiers will be divided into two parts: free and premium. The free tier, which is open to all, offers gameplay boosts for everyone – making it streamlined. In contrast, the premium tier – the ‘paid’ battle pass – rewards high-quality aesthetics with a focus.
Buying a Season Pass also provides in-game currency, which can be used to unlock items in the Diablo 4 Shop. In fact, the only reason to buy a Season Pass would be to earn XP faster and play dress-up with your in-game character. This change in marketing strategy is huge, especially when compared to Diablo Immortal, where you can just throw money into the game to ensure steady progress.
When Twitch Streamer Quentin”quin69“Crawford” $25,000 spent (approximately Rs 19,95,000) in an effort to earn a rare five-star gem. The item was only obtainable through the gacha/loot box system, and would help upgrade weapons and armor and eventually complete the game. Once finished, the streamer removed the game in despair and asked its viewers to never buy into the system.
First revealed at the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase, Diablo IV introduces a fifth playable class — the Necromancer — a legendary priest who can summon and command the undead in battle. Players can venture into expansive open-world maps through plague lands, canyons, and mountain ranges – and face off against iconic monsters like Lilith, Queen of the Tsukibi. Like the previous entries, the customization options will be varied and players can opt for the skill tree as well.
Diablo 4 will launch sometime in 2023 on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, and Windows PC via Battle.net.