Devil 4 is scheduled to release on June 6th, but the game’s public betas have been running since March. Meanwhile, fans learned that Diablo 4 will receive new stories every three months in what were called “meaty” updates.
The game’s associate director, Joe Piepiora, told Game Informer (via GameSpot) that the quarterly post-launch updates will consist of new stories that will be connected to new game mechanics and features. While it sounds tempting, some fans are concerned about the direction of this new Diablo.
These quarterly updates will arrive alongside a new seasonal battle pass that will have both free and premium varieties. Previously, Blizzard had said that the first season of Diablo 4 would not air when the game was released, but would be released sometime later. However, the news of these quarterly updates, which could be seen as seasons, had Diablo fans talking.
Diablo 4 will receive new story content every 3 months
by u/Turbostrider27 on PS5
“I can’t be with these kids and their eternal games… I want to play other games too!” came a shout from the thread above. Another popular comment noted, “‘Diablo 4 won’t have the full story until year 2’, fixed that for you”.
However, it should be clear that seasonal Diablo 4 story updates will be free, with the premium battle pass being the item that will cost money. Seasons were also free in Diablo 3 (with Blizzard confirming that the next season will be the last). However, as one commentator noted, Diablo 3 did not receive story updates with its seasons, but instead focused primarily on end-game content.
Concerns about these seasonal updates with new stories can perhaps be summed up by a popular comment in the thread: “Diablo 4 will never have the full story unless you play each season. This has been fixed further.” Clearly, many fans are concerned about the monetization and live service aspects of the game.
Meanwhile, Blizzard also provided more information about Diablo 4’s endgame. In a developer video, it showed Nightmare’s dungeons along with the open-world areas known as the Helltides. Those two things will form the bulk of the endgame. The former are harder versions of existing dungeons, with tweaks and other changes that will add more variety. While Helltides will feature deadlier enemies and remixed versions of bosses that will appear within the confines of Helltide, which will take place in various areas of the game’s world.
On April 20th, Blizzard will address beta feedback and elaborate on Diablo 4’s endgame in a live stream. The beta has already received many millions of players and is the biggest in the history of the series. The game is scheduled for release on June 6.
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