Diablo IV is set to launch in 2023 and by the look of things, it will be the most Activisiony game Activision has ever published. Meaning you should be prepared for loads of in-game purchases and even a battle pass system. We already know that Diablo 4 will feature an “ever-evolving world” with content updates and added features. In short, it is a live-service game. However, a new survey has detailed a Diablo 4 battle pass and even an in-game currency used to purchase cosmetic items.
The survey was sent out to gamers in Germany to ask them how they felt about certain versions of Diablo 4 at launch. These game versions came with different incentives but the real concern isn’t the fact that there are three game versions but instead, the additional items across each one.
The Diablo 4 “Option C” version in the survey details the most expensive package of the game. In this version, players would get access to the full game and five cosmetic armour sets, one for each class. The game version will also come with a fancier mount and early access to the game.
The big issue here is the additional monetization features. The higher-tiered game versions include a Battle Pass in the package as well as a currency called “Platinum”. This currency is detailed as “can be used to purchase current and future cosmetic items in the cosmetic shop”.
While Blizzard has not confirmed the existence of a battle pass in Diablo 4 or in-game purchases, after the release of Diablo Immortal (the game with millions of dollars worth of pay-2-win purchases), including a similar structure would not be surprising. The company won’t release the new game in the same format as Diablo 3. In fact, everything they are working on and have revealed so far shows Diablo IV as a live-service online multiplayer game. You can’t have an online game without loads of in-game purchases and a battle pass to keep players coming back for more.
Blizzard is expected to announce its Diablo 4 release date and pre-order program during The Game Awards in December. This was revealed through a leaked internal document at Activision which also detailed the Call of Duty: Warzone 2 release date.