Diablo IV will have an in-game store, a new Blizzard job listing confirms, with the game’s product manager responsible for running the game’s “in-game storefront throughout each season to deliver an exceptional player experience.” .
The Product Manager will also “use tools to configure product content, pricing, and availability” and maintain the store’s content roadmap.
This is the first official confirmation that Diablo IV will have an in-game store and microtransactions of some sort, while reinforcing that Blizzard’s next entry in the RPG franchise will take a live-action, seasonal approach.
The news that Diablo IV will have an in-game store has some fans of the series worried given the recent release of Blizzard’s free-to-play mobile game Diablo Immortal, which is also playable on PC with cross-play and cross-progression between platforms. Diablo Immortal has been heavily criticized for its various microtransactions, including some that many players consider paid. Diablo Immortal has had over 10 million downloads, with Blizzard hailing the game’s launch as the biggest in franchise history. It also sports the lowest Metacritic user score for a PC game in Metacritic history with a score of 0.2.
Beta sign-ups for Diablo IV recently went live, though signing up doesn’t seem to guarantee a chance to enter the beta once it arrives. No start date for the beta is listed, and the game’s new beta sign-up page lists Xbox Series X | S, PlayStation 5 and PC as platforms, with Xbox One and PlayStation 4 missing although they have already been announced for the last generation platforms. .
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