Diablo 4 lead doesn't want players to "feel like they can pay to win"

The lead developers of Diablo 4 have stressed that they don't want players to "feel like they can pay to win" when the game releases next year.

In a recent Diablo 4 livestream, game director Joe Shely, along with associate game director Joesph Piepiora, and community manager Adam Fletcher gave fans an update on all things Diablo 4, as well as gave an insight into how things will work ahead of the game's release next summer.

During the stream, the trio discussed the Diablo 4 battle pass (around the 39:15 mark in the video below) as well as the game's upcoming seasons. "It's really, really important to us that we balance the things that you'd find in the battle pass," Piepiora said, "the way that they're compelling but still very fair, we don't want to have any situations where players can feel that they can pay to win."

To make a clear distinction between the battle pass and Diablo 4's seasons, Piepiora explained that "the season journey is still in Diablo 4, in the way that you found it in Diablo 3." The chapter-based mechanic will offer players various objectives as they progress through the season and will allow them to earn in-game rewards for their characters. "All of the seasonal content is completely free. It's not attached to the battle pass itself," Shely adds.

In an effort to clear up any confusion, Shely explained that, when Diablo 4 launches on June 6, 2023, it will not start immediately with season one. "Season one will arrive weeks after the launch of the game, and when season one starts, everyone will be starting at the same time, everyone will have an even playing field," the developer said. The competitive features of Diablo 4 (e.g.: leader boards) are apparently going to show up in seasons, so those who don't pay for early access won't have to worry about any unfairness.

"Our big season updates are all completely free, they're filled with new progression mechanics, new monsters to fight, challenges, new quests, and content to go and consume," Piepiora adds, "there's a lot to look forward to and all of that comes with the box price of the game you've already purchased."

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there should never be a "pay to win" option


I hope they take this and run with it. Immortal has some extremely questionable decisions when it comes to p2w mechanics. I hope they don't keep any of those tactics for d4.


Team073 Have not played diablo in ages, but looking forward to try this one for sure!

Hopefully its nothing like immortals. I was actually excited but it turned out to be a huge let down at the higher levels.


That's good cuz no games should have a pay to win shop or system


Have not played diablo in ages, but looking forward to try this one for sure!

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