According to the game designer of the upcoming Diablo 4, Blizzard Entertainment has plans to add microtransaction to the game.
As you may already know, Blizzard Entertainment officially announced Diablo 4 at this year’s BlizzCon with an amazing cinematic trailer that introduced us to the tone and atmosphere of the game as well as revealing the main villain in Diablo IV, Lilith. Due to the fact that many Diablo fans were disappointed by the announcement of Diablo Immortal for mobiles, this time Blizzard came in with a gameplay trailer which showcased three out of five classes available in the game. However, just like other well-known Blizzard titles, the next addition to the beloved dungeon crawling franchise won’t come out anytime soon and it seems we have to wait for quite some time to be able to experience the next chapter of the Diablo series.
While Diablo IV is not coming anything soon, Blizzard Entertainment tries to share more details about the game and how it’s going to look like. They promised that Diablo 4 will offer the same dark and grotesque experience as what Diablo II managed to do, so the cartoonish style of Diablo III won’t make a comeback in the sequel and Blizzard with Diablo IV wants to target the fans of classic ARPGs.
In terms of post launch content and online support, We didn’t have a clear idea about Blizzard’s plans but at this year’s BlizzCon, twitch streamer Quin69 talked more about this with Joe Shely following the Diablo 4 reveal at Blizzard’s annual fan event.
Joe Shely as the Lead Designer of Diablo 4 officially confirmed that Blizzard Entertainment has plans in regards to supporting Diablo IV long after its launch and the sequel will get different expansions from Blizzard. While at first this isn’t that much exciting if you consider the fact that all of the previous installments in the series had a ton of high-quality expansions but what’s intriguing about this announcement is that according to the lead designer of Diablo IV, Blizzard will include a variety of cosmetics available via microtransactions. Shely also mentioned that the idea is still early and they have further plans to implement these cosmetics and microtransaction into the game. It’s worth noting that ARPG fans are quite familiar with cosmetics as microtransactions in their games and many of the free-to-play games in the genre like Path of Exile use cosmetic microtransactions as their main source of income. But the idea of paying for cosmetics in a game that you’ve already spent $60 on, is not a good thing to hear. Nonetheless, Shely claims that Diablo IV’s cosmetic microtransaction system will be available on top of the seasonal content and expansions so players can also look forward to free updates and post launch content.
He also discussed about the auction system and loots in the upcoming Diablo 4. According to Shely, the main way in which players will get loot in the game is by killing monsters and enemies, however, the developers at Blizzard Entertainment are also looking into some sort of auction function and it seems that Diablo 4 will offer some sort of tiered system where players are able to trade some specific items.
Diablo 4 still doesn’t have a precise release window but Blizzard has confirmed that the game will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
Source: Gaming Bolt