We know that Blizzard will add new content to Diablo 4 after its launch. According to the developer, this content is expected to arrive every three months. We also know that the battle passes for the game will take players roughly 80 hours of game time to complete. Again, these will arrive every three months.
But alongside the new battle passes, Blizzard says “new story content” is expected to release too. However, in order to set the tone for the content ahead, the developer wants to make something clear – this new content is not a new campaign.
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While players will get new stuff to do in Diablo 4 every three months, by the sound of things, this content will add micro story chapters to the game, dungeons and new gear. It sounds like it might add side lore to the overarching plot of Diablo 4 but the game’s campaign will remain unchanged.
Those of you who are familiar with Destiny 2 will know that while there is an ongoing story in the game, Bungie’s seasonal releases expand on side stories while slowly creeping up towards a new campaign. Diablo 4, on the other hand, isn’t taking this approach. These seasonal drops will remain “side stories”.
In a tweet, Diablo boss Rod Fergusson said that he wanted to manage fan expectations. He says that the new Seasons are “new quest lines to help provide context to new seasonal mechanics – not a new campaign”.
By the sound of things, the seasonal content will bring new things to do and perhaps new progression tools to aim for. But at the end of Diablo 4’s story, that is the end of the current campaign. Unless Blizzard plans to add to this through a fully-fledged expansion, it won’t expand beyond this.
Regardless, players will always have something new to do in Diablo 4. With battle passes and seasonal content that takes over 80 hours to complete, Diablo 4 might just become that second job in your life. We only hope the content is engaging enough.
Diablo 4 is set to launch on 6 June 2023 for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC.
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