Will Diablo 4 have microtransactions & is it pay to win?

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Wondering whether Diablo 4 will have microtransactions or if the game is pay to win? Well, our handy hub has everything you need to know. 

The Diablo 4 beta is nearly here, which means adventures will soon be able to delve into the nightmarish dungeons and claim some legendary loot. However, following the controversial launch of Diablo Immortal, many players will be wondering whether Diablo 4 will feature microtransactions. 

While the game aims to continue to build upon the foundations of Diablo 3, there are questions surrounding the Battle Pass, Seasons, and microtransaction content within the game. Fortunately, our explainer has outlined everything we currently know about Diablo 4 microtransactions. 

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Will Diablo 4 have microtransactions? 

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Diablo 4 aims to build upon the success of Diablo 3.

Yes, Diablo 4 will feature microtransactions. Kegan Clark, director of product for Diablo 4 spoke about the live service monetization present in the game, stating that: “Diablo IV will be a full-price game with a Cosmetics Shop and Battle Pass—none of which provide any pay-for-power options.”

Instead, the director noted that “[they] want to create beautiful things which add value to players’ experience of the game.” According to the official blog post, Diablo 4 will feature Seasons, which will add all-new gameplay, quests, challenges, meta changes, and quality-of-life improvements. 

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These can be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of whether they buy anything from the shop. Additionally, the Diablo 4 Battle Pass offers Free Tiers that are unlocked just by playing the game and leveling, while Premium Tiers provide no in-game power or advantage over other players.

It’s important to note that the Premium Tier rewards are purely focused on character aesthetics, with many of the rewards “embodying the seasonal theme, helping players show off their participation in that Season.”

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Is Diablo 4 pay to win? 

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Diablo 4 features a shop and Battle Pass.

No, Diablo 4 does not include any pay to win mechanics. During the quarterly update, Blizzard revealed that Diablo 4’s season design is tailored to in-game progression rather than locking power behind pricey paywalls. 

“Capping paragon points in Diablo 4 ensures that your effort and skill—measured by both dexterity and theorycrafting —determine how powerful your character becomes, said Blizzard. 

“It also allows players who missed the last season to participate. This season design requires that all sources of character power come from playing the game, so you will not be able to pay for power in Diablo 4.”

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This is obviously a huge positive for Diablo fans, many of whom had been burnt by the pricey microtransactions seen in Diablo Immortal. So, we can expect Diablo 4 to follow a similar approach to Diablo 3. 

So, there you have it, that’s everything you need to know about Diablo 4 microtransactions and whether the game is pay to win. Make sure you check out our Diablo 4 page for all the latest news and guides.