Diablo IV, the upcoming action role-playing game from Blizzard Entertainment, is set to introduce a new battle pass system that will take approximately 80 hours for players to complete, according to a recent interview with Associate Game Director Joe Piepiora.
Seasons and the Battle Pass
Each season in Diablo IV will feature a season journey similar to that of its predecessor Diablo III. Completing various seasonal objectives, defeating monsters, finishing quests, and participating in other activities will earn players “favor,” which they can use to progress the game’s battle pass. There will be both free and premium forms of the battle pass.
“When you are figuring in completing the season journey alongside doing other content in the game, you’re looking at roughly 80 hours worth of time invested to complete the entirety of the battle pass,” Piepiora said. Reaching Diablo IV’s level cap of 100 would take a little longer than that based on how a player plays.
Seasons will also include additional story content that will be introduced every three months, though Piepiora confirmed that the seasonal story content will be temporary and only playable during the corresponding season. However, if Diablo IV’s team were ever to add larger story additions that continued the main story of the game, those would be “persistent and available for all players at all times.”
Endgame in Helltides
After completing Diablo IV’s main campaign, players will participate in Helltides out in the game’s open world and complete more challenging Nightmare versions of standard dungeons to earn rewards and further progress their characters via the game’s Paragon Board system, according to a developer video released by Blizzard. The company has also announced that on April 20, they will be offering more endgame details and will address beta feedback in a developer livestream. The game is set to release on June 6.
No Pay-to-Win Transactions
While Diablo IV will include both a battle pass system and an in-game shop, Blizzard has been candid about not allowing players to spend money to become more powerful. Players will only be able to purchase cosmetic items, such as skins and mounts, from the in-game shop.
These systems stand in contrast to other popular games, such as Fortnite and Apex Legends, which have received criticism from some quarters for implementing transaction models that allow players who are willing to spend money to gain an advantage in gameplay.
With Diablo IV, Blizzard appears to be taking a more measured approach to monetization and gameplay balance. By emphasizing cosmetic transactions, rather than pay-to-win mechanisms, and promising that each season will introduce a limited amount of temporary story content, Diablo IV’s developers seem to be attempting to balance the desire for additional revenue with the need to keep gameplay fair for all players.