Blizzard has publicly explained its plans for Diablo 4 post-launch content, and it looks like the game will indeed be a full-fledged live service experience. While the fact that the new Diablo will have live-service elements isn’t new, the scope for the developer’s plans for the game’s longevity appears to be quite large.
Of course, Diablo IV has a good chance of being the best game in the series for a number of reasons, but one of the game’s biggest draws may end up being that players can always find something new. While its predecessor, Diablo 3, did get seasonal content a while after its release, the new game will fully accommodate this new concept.
According to Blizzard, Diablo 4 will receive a ton of story-based content every three months. A recent interview with Game Informer’s Diablo 4 deputy game director Joe Piepiora revealed that the developer plans to release “content-heavy” updates alongside each new battle pass. While Piepiora doesn’t want to say that these content releases are real, full-fledged expansion packs, each quarterly update will bring new features, mechanics, and various other goodies.
According to Blizzard, its plans for Diablo 4 sound very similar to what Bungie is doing with Destiny 2. Destiny also has quarterly seasonal content releases that introduce new mechanics, content and their respective battle passes, and the core idea of the two games is essentially the same. One thing to consider, though, is that Destiny 2 had a serious FOMO problem, and something similar could end up happening in Diablo 4 as well.
Blizzard has yet to dive into the details of its post-launch support plans, though, and this recent interview only provided a high-level overview of what players should expect. It’s entirely possible that seasonal content releases end up with little to no FOMO, and Diablo 4’s endgame progression isn’t ultimately marred by constant change and potential power creep.
Diablo 4’s official release date has been confirmed, and Blizzard has previously explained that the seasonal content for the first installment of the game won’t launch alongside the main game. Instead, it will launch sometime later, and those eager to take part in its seasonal progression should stay tuned for more information in the weeks and months ahead.
Diablo 4 launches June 6 on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.