Diablo IV lead developer confirms cosmetic microtransactions will be in the game

    
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So, just how will Blizzard make sweet, sweet money off of Diablo IV? Expansions, surely. A cash shop, apparently. And that cash shop will feature cosmetic options, according to lead designer Joe Shely.

Speaking on the floor of BlizzCon 2019, Shely confirmed during a Twitch interview that there will be microtransactions that involve cosmetics in addition to the base game purchase and expansions. Shely does state that the game store is “very early” but goes on to explain that it also grants “an opportunity to have more options available than you would otherwise.” What this game shop will not offer, according to Shely in a panel at the event, is any items that offer players a power advantage – which aligns with comments made during the devs during BlizzCon.

We’ve embedded the video below that is set to play from the moment of the microtransactions question.

source: PCGamesN (1, 2), thanks to Pepperzine for the tip!

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TherecDaMage .

Of course people are fine paying for it on this site when Guild Wars 2 does it, or Marvel Heroes, or Fortnite, or any other million games you’re currently playing with purchaseable cosmetics, but god forbid Diablo 4 does it.

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Test Test

Better be free to play then.

Either full price game, or micro transactions.

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PurpleCopper

I feel the only way you could justify in-game monetization is if the game is free-to-play.

For a buy to play game with a $60 box price, the only way you could justify that is if the company needs the money for annual maintenance upkeep costs.

But even that makes no sense, because that implies that buying a $60 box price game is a one and done deal and people will no longer buy the game after the initial sales when first released.

In-game micro-transaction should just be replaced with paid content patches or expansions instead.

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Greaterdivinity

As long as it comes with free content updates, go for it. Still surprised they didn’t release a cosmetic cash shop with RoS to replace the RMAH, but I’m glad they at least learned their lesson and aren’t trying for RMAH 2.0…at least not yet.

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zoward

So … the game’s gonna be free to play then, right? Right?

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Koshelkin

I would prefer paying only for the box price+possible expansions/dlc’s but I’m ok with a cash shop as long as it’s cosmetics(sans lockbox) only. I like what I’ve seen from D4 so far and my life certainly needs a decent “games as a service” Hack n’ Slay. There’s also Lost Ark and, possibly, Lineage Eternal but I’m always sceptical when it comes to Korean games.

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agemyth 😩

This is every live service game now. Anyone freaking out about this must not be very happy about nearly every other game covered on this site.

Grinding Gear Games (80% owned by Tencent (oh no evil China /s)) designed Path of Exile to be a bottomless well for “supporters” to throw money into for outrageously priced cosmetics. They continue to add new lockboxes every season with good chances of getting useless duplicate cosmetics that do nothing but sit in your stash to remind you of the mistakes you’ve made. A few months ago they added a new lootbox that you could pay to recycle your duplicate MTXs for a poor chance of getting a desirable cosmetic item and still no duplicate protections.

Thankfully, EA’s mistakes almost guarantee that no major new game releases from western companies like Blizzard can have MTX lockboxes in them anymore. If we have to depend on people with too much expendable income buying $25 particle-ponies and $15 minipets to keep live games “alive” then so be it. That is the nature of AAA game development.

There has been a decent selection of smaller scale ARPGs like Grim Dawn coming out and releasing expansions somewhat often. Go support those games instead of this if you are understandably offended.

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Fabermetricks

Anyone freaking out about this must not be very happy about nearly every other game covered on this site.

Yupppppp. Unless they’re f2p.

I’m not going to lay down and “take it” from these devs just because everyone is doing it.

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Pepperzine

The path of exile comparison is not analogous. There is no box price for the game or any of its newly released content (which many would consider an expansion), hence why people are okay with the microtransactions. There’s no way blizzard isn’t gonna double dip when it comes to diablo.

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agemyth 😩

The comparison works for me because PoE is the main competition in the market of pandering to Diablo 1 and 2 fans like D4 seems to be. PoE is the ARPG I want to play but no longer do. I love PoE’s skill systems, but at this point in its life I can’t stand their monetization schemes. F2P does not make it OK to annoy the crap out of players to try to make them buy “convenience” features like a million different stash tabs. I wish I could just buy their expansions if they came with a good storage solution for whatever new annoyance they implement.

Going with the assumption that D4 doesn’t have gamble boxes and gives players reasonable tools to store and sort the loot that these games love to drop for us, I would say its monetization methods are better than games like Path of Exile. Double dipping with cosmetics, which is what this article was about, is better than making the inventory game worse to play every major content update.

…Sorry I just “went off” on that if you were just making a whatever comment and I just used this as an excuse to again voice my frustration with PoE. :(

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Richard de Leon III

If D4 doesnt have an offline mode, I’ll just buy d2 and stick with that.

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Dakota Royal

you havnt bought d2 yet?

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Richard de Leon III

got the old version, i want a remastered version >.<

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Rodrigo Dias Costa

They already said it’s always online, so go ahead.

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Richard de Leon III

ah, then d2 remastered it is

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Danny Smith

Like two weeks ago i had near breakdown levels of insane rage spat at me by blizzard fanboys screeching that i was part of some unified worldwide ‘hater troll’ cabal for saying the obvious: Actiblizzion will never again release a game where they cannot fleece you and sell textures for money. That simply is not the company they are.

This is the bit where i would feel all smug IF IT WASN’T COMPLETELY OBVIOUS THAT THIS SHIT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN.

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Hanthos Taal

My wallet confirms that I will not be buying this trash.