Diablo IV is officially set to launch next year but after Microsoft’s Xbox and Bethesda Showcase last night where the latest gameplay trailer was revealed, fans are worried. You see, the Diablo series is known for its great single-player campaign with optional co-op support if you wanted to play with a friend. However, Blizzard has built Diablo IV to look like an MMO with a large shared open world where all players fight each other’s monsters, complete world events and more. If you have played MMOs like The Elder Scrolls Online or Destiny 2, this sounds familiar.
Another concern surrounding the game is the inclusion of microtransactions. Blizzard says that Diablo IV is an ever-changing world with new content being added to the end-game regularly. Fans have been led to believe that with the MMO gameplay and added content, Diablo IV is a live-service game. Blizzard has now confirmed that Diablo IV will also contain microtransactions.
According to Diablo IV community lead Adam Fletcher, the game will include in-game purchases that will require real money. However, Fletcher says that this content is all “optional”. In a tweet, he says that paid content is built around optional cosmetic items and eventually, paid expansions. Fletcher says Blizzard will share more regarding this system soon.
Of course, fans haven’t taken this lightly either. Many believe that the Diablo series has been built on loot and especially, great-looking loot. To lock cosmetics behind real money purchases is moving away from what made the series so popular in the first place.
Fans are also sceptical about the announcement, especially after the recent launch of Diablo Immortal. Blizzard also claimed that the mobile game would not offer ways to purchase high-ranking gear with real money. However, it turned out that Blizzard found a way around this by adding gems to the game that could cost up to 1 million Rand.
With the launch of Diablo IV taking place sometime in 2023, the game is definitely in hot water since its MMO-like reveal and now these microtransactions. We can only hope Blizzard sticks to what made the series popular in the first place.
D4 is coming out as a full price game built strictly for PC/console audiences. The game is huge & there will be tons of content after launch for all players. Paid content is built around optional cosmetic items & eventually full expansions. We will be sharing more info soon!
— Adam Fletcher 💙 (@PezRadar) June 12, 2022