Diablo IV’s seasonal updates sound a lot like Destiny 2

DiabloIVcampaign promises Dozens of hours of hard-hitting chill time across multiple character classes, but the action-RPG marauder’s real longevity will be based on its seasonal content updates. Blizzard has revealed a bit more about how these will work in a new blog postand the whole post-launch experience sounds a lot like one of the few live service gaming success stories: destiny 2.

Years ago, Bungie’s loot shooter transitioned from semi-annual DLC add-ons quarterly seasons that expand the sci-fi story, introduce new gear, and add more challenges. DiabloIVThe post-campaign endgame will apparently be quite similar, with four updates per year, each bringing new rewards, different themes, and smaller stories set in the dark fantasy world of Sanctuary.

A screenshot shows the Season Journey menu.

The Season Journey will be the main guide for seasonal content.
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There will be battle passes, cosmetic shops, and even seasonal challenges to complete to speed up progress. At the core of this rut ​​will be what Blizzard calls the “Season Journey,” a gothic-looking testimony where you track your progress.

It will consist of chapters with goal lists. Completing each chapter earns you seasonal rewards such as crafting materials, legendary aspects used to upgrade the Codex of Power, a post-game skill tree, and Favor, a special type of XP that boosts the seasonal Battle Pass.

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Speaking of Battle Passes, there will be three. A regular game is free and comes with 27 rewards spread over 100 levels. The Premium Battle Pass costs $10 and offers a new reward for each level. Finally, a third Battle Pass, the Accelerated Battle Pass, costs $25 and allows you to skip the first 20 levels instead of completing them. You’ll also get a special Maker’s Wings emote.

A screenshot shows the Battle Pass menu.

Battle Passes are free but come with additional rewards if you pay to unlock them.
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But wait, there’s more! To dive into the gist of Battle Passes for a second, some rank-up rewards contain cosmetics, while others offer a resource called Smoldering Ashes. These can be used to purchase various Seasonal Blessings, which can be used to earn additional XP, Gold, or Obols (which are used to purchase loot from the Curio Vendor). If you’re a normal person this all probably sounds a bit over the top, but if you’re a sick person who wants to get the hell out of it DiabloIV By the time your body turns to dust, you’re probably going to say, “yes, ha ha ha, yes!

As is DiabloIVdoes the microtransaction shop work?

Blizzard’s latest development blog post also sheds some more light on the microtransaction shop. While the Battle Pass rank-up perks include some cosmetic items, others are cosmetic store-exclusive and cost real money. However, the studio emphasizes that nothing of gameplay value is sold there. It’s all just for player expression. DiabloIV also has a cross-purchase feature linked to your Battle.net account, so any premium currency or funds spent on one platform will be transferred to the other.

Like the betas we’ve played so farit’s all very familiar to anyone who has played it destiny 2 these last few years. Franchise General Manager Rod Fergusson and Assistant Game Director Joseph Piepiora said Paul Tassi of Forbes in an interview that these seasonal updates will happen alongside paid expansions, although it’s not clear if these will be annual or less frequent.

A screenshot shows in-game armor versus paid cosmetics.

The earned fits do not appear to be entirely inferior to the paid ones.
screenshot: blizzard

“It’s not like I can say, ‘Hey, we stole this feature,’ but I think [Destiny 2] is a great inspiration to watch,” said Fergusson. “They were successful. They have something like a Season of Defiance that has a theme and sort of narrative wrapper and provides context for new mechanics. So that’s the idea that Joe is really focusing on, what’s the seasonal theme and how does that all reinforce it?

DiabloIVThe first season of will not be released until “mid to late July”, but the game itself will be released on June 6th Early access from June 1st for those who purchase the Deluxe or Ultimate editions. However, if you want to start free play sooner, there’s a final beta going live over the weekend of May 12th. Sure, this is the same weekend as The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, but you can multitask, right? Can not you?

Curtis Crabtree

Curtis Crabtree is a 24ssports U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Curtis Crabtree joined 24ssports in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: curtiscrabtree@24ssports.com.

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