Rumor: Diablo III may go free-to-play with next expansion

    
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Rumor: Diablo III may go free-to-play with next expansion

The writers over at Blizzard Watch have unearthed information that may point to plans for Diablo III to go free-to-play on PC. Earlier this week, the normal option to buy the game for $19.99 on the Blizzard store was temporarily replaced by a broken link with a price of “Free to level 70.” Blizzard’s official response on twitter claimed that the price change was “just a display bug,” and that it was accidentally pointing to the Chinese beta version of the game, which currently has a free-to-play level cap of 70.

Fans have continued to speculate on how this business model could could apply to the western market. Diablo III already has a free trial that limits players to Act 1 zones and a maximum level of 12, and that could easily be increased to level 70. The interesting thing is that level 70 is the current level cap for the Reaper of Souls expansion, not the base game. Some believe this hints that at some point in the future, Blizzard may make the base game and RoS free-to-play in the west too if a new expansion raises the level cap. Other supporting information for this hypothesis includes the fact that Blizzard has been hiring new art staff for an undisclosed Diablo-based product that could be an expansion.

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BigMikeyOcho
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Tongle It’s probably more like the new thought similar to GW2 Heart of Thorns. If you really want to entice people to play an expansion, and be able to sell that expansion at more than “expansion prices”, then just make the base game and any previous expansions free. That way one price gives the player a full experience, and the developers don’t get flaked out on sales.

dorn2
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dorn2

Whatever it takes to get new classes and actual skill balance.  They don’t even try anymore. They just pick a couple sets every patch and make them sort of balanced.   All the fun of trying out different builds is gone.

Rheem Octuris
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Rheem Octuris

BryanCo Rheem Octuris If I had proof, it wouldn’t be a rumor.

Jack Pipsam
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Jack Pipsam

BryanCo Jack Pipsam That’s true we did know that, but being how Diablo is a big as well there’s no reason not to do it as well.

Dystopiq
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Dystopiq

Bannex19 Because it’s quick cash in short term.

BryanCo
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BryanCo

BalsBigBrother  I think this would be more accurate:
Nothing nothing nothing WILD UNCONTROLLED SPECULATION WITH NO FACTUAL BASIS nothing nothing nothing.

BryanCo
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BryanCo

vicariousfan  You didn’t know it because It’s nothing but wild speculation.

BryanCo
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BryanCo

Rheem Octuris  Please provide any evidence that a remake of Diablo 2 is in the works.  I know most consider it the best of the series, but wishful thinking by some players is meaningless.

bryanjturner
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bryanjturner

Jack Pipsam MorpayneRADIO bryanjturner This is awesome btw.!

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Jack Pipsam MorpayneRADIO bryanjturner