Game News Diablo IV: a potential pay-to-win? The developers want to reassure fans
Yesterday we learned that Diablo IV would include microtransactions. A disappointment for many players. Nevertheless, the developers recently reacted to the news and explained in detail how the game’s Battle Pass works, as well as the seasons system.
Diablo IV and microtransactions
After the huge controversy Diablo Immortal and the anger of players aiming for the Battle Pass of Overwatch 2Blizzard persists despite everything and will offer new microtransactions in its next game: Diablo IV. Quite disappointing information for players, who are rarely fond of this type of economic model.
Yesterday, we learned that Diablo IV would indeed contain a Battle Pass, effective with each new season. What’s more, the app should also include a skins shop. Nothing very intrusive as it stands, but it remains amputated content from the game for players who refuse to checkout after having already purchased the title.
The situation is unpleasant, but the developers wanted to reassure the players. During a livestream broadcast yesterday, director Joe Shely and his partner Joseph Piepiora wanted to clarify things by explaining concretely the design of this Battle Pass and the seasonal operation.
During the livestream dedicated to Diablo IV broadcast yesterday, directors Joe Shely and Joseph Piepiora took the time to return to the Battle Pass. For them, it is important to offer content that does not create gaps between players.
It is really, really important for us to balance the elements that you will find in the Battle Pass. They need to be both irresistible while remaining fair, we don’t want to have situations where players think they can pay to win. – Joseph Piepiora.
In short, the developers do not want to transform Diablo IV into pay-to-win, despite the presence of the Battle Pass. The balance between the players seems to be a challenge that the directors want to take up, a notion that they develop by evoking the season system.
– You will find a season system similar to that of Diablo III. All seasonal content is free. It is not attached to the Battle Pass. -Joe Shely.
– The first season will arrive a few weeks after the game is released. When the season starts, all players will start at the same time, everyone will be on the same footing. Major seasonal updates will be completely free. They will add new progression mechanics, new monsters to fight, challenges, new quests and more. There’s still a lot to look forward to and it’s all included in the money you spend when you buy the game – Joseph Piepiora.
To summarize, each season will come with a Battle Pass. The Battle Pass will be paid, but its content will remain “optional”, although we do not yet know exactly what it will include. On the other hand, the content updates that will arrive each season will be completely free. It will still be necessary to wait several weeks after the release of Diablo IV on June 6 to attest to the dispensability of the Battle Pass.
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