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Blizzard has confirmed that Diablo 4 will not include pay-to-win mechanics, nor will it offer any cosmetic season pass rewards.

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Battle.net will distribute Diablo 4 across PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, and Windows PCs in 2023.

The developer blog post from Activision Blizzard has confirmed that Diablo 4 will exclusively feature cosmetic items in its in-game shop. Because of the fallout from their last game, Diablo Immortal, which provided gameplay advantages in exchange for real-world money, Diablo 4 will only provide cosmetic items. Diablo 4 will be available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, and PC sometime in 2023 in addition to having a battle pass system.

In their quarterly update report, Blizzard announced that Diablo 4 is in the works. According to Blizzard, our objective in designing in-game purchases is to create items that enhance the game experience for players. Diablo IV’s director of product, Kegan Clark, commented, “Our goal with Diablo IV’s in-game purchases is to create beautiful things that enhance the player experience.” Players will embark on a Season Journey, exploring Sanctuary and earning limited-time rewards at the end of every chapter. Blizzard will enhance the difficulty as players progress through the game, resulting in a rewarding experience. As with Diablo III, Season Journey will be free to all players.

The season pass in Diablo 4 is a new monetization method that adds new quests, challenges, and quality-of-life improvements to the game. It functions like a battle pass system in which you get new items as you level up and complete tasks. As mentioned before, these rewards are purely cosmetic and have no impact on gameplay or skills. The game’s difficulty will be lowered for all users through the free tier, whereas the premium tier rewards will focus on high-quality aesthetics.

There is no reason to purchase a Season Pass other than to earn XP quickly and customize your in-game character, according to Blizzard. This marketing strategy shift is significant, particularly when juxtaposed to Diablo Immortal, where you could simply toss money at the game to ensure continual progress.

The hype surrounding the game increased significantly after Twitch streamer Quintin “Quin69” Crawford spent $25,000 (about Rs. 19,95,000) to obtain a rare five-star gem. It was only accessible through a loot box system, and it helped enhance weapons and armor, which in turn enabled the gamer to finish the game. Once it was finished, the streamer deleted the game in disgust and asked his viewers not to participate in the system.

During the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase, Diablo IV revealed the Necromancer, a fifth playable character that can summon and command the undead in battle. Players can travel across the open-world map through plague lands, canyons, and mountain ranges to fight against iconic demons like Lilith, Queen of the Succubi. Customization options will be extensive in addition to choosing Skill Trees as in previous games.

Diablo 4 will be available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, and Windows PC via Battle.net sometime in 2023.

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