Diablo 4 Might Get MMO-Like Annual Expansions

Blizzard Entertainment says it’s looking into delivering MMO-like annual expansions for its latest action-RPG, Diablo 4, in addition to continuing its usual seasonal content cycle. The game launched back in June to positive reviews, though it has since garnered quite a negative reception due to Blizzard’s post-launch decisions that divisively bounced between nerfing and buffing classes, much to the frustration of players. Blizzard is now looking ahead at its live service goals for Diablo 4.

In a recent interview with Dexerto, Diablo general manager Rod Fergusson casually mentioned the news, seemingly confirming that Diablo 4 will receive annual expansions like your standard MMO, further driving home fans’ point that the game is now essentially an MMO. With such a strong focus on live service content, shared worlds and endgame activities, Blizzard really wants to play the long game with Diablo 4, though the community feels like it might be straying far from what made the previous games in the series great.

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During the interview, Fergusson noted:

“When you look at the launch of the game and this first season, we see that as building a foundation on which we can build for the future. So, as we look at our quarterly seasons, and we look at our annual expansions, those are the things that we’re really focused on for our live service.”

Fergusson didn’t expand on annual expansions or what’s to come for Diablo 4, vaguely adding:

“We’ve got plans, we have storylines that go well into the future. We’ve got plans. We’re always leapfrogging our seasons, and leapfrogging our expansions, so it’s something we are going to do for a long time. We’re excited.”

MMO games like Final Fantasy XIV or The Elder Scrolls Online aren’t strangers to the idea of annual expansions, usually adding a bulk of new content to keep players invested on a yearly basis. Diablo 4 might still resemble a traditional action-RPG with some live service elements on the surface but this news definitely pushes it into MMO territory.

In related news, Diablo 4 is currently running a hefty XP and gold event for players to double down on XP and resources. Last month, Blizzard also stated that the wait for Diablo 5 won’t be as long, suggesting that we’ll be looking at a much shorter development time until the next mainline entry.

Diablo 4 is currently available for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC.

Source: Dexerto

Editor-in-Chief of Nexus Hub, writer at GLITCHED. Former writer at The Gaming Report and All Otaku Online. RPG addict that has wonderful nightmares of Bloodborne 2.

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