Diablo IV will have an in-game storefront, a new Blizzard job listing confirms, with the game’s product manager responsible for managing the game’s “in-game storefront throughout each season to provide an exceptional player experience.” .
The product manager will also “use tools to configure product content, pricing and availability” and maintain the store’s roadmap.
This is the first official confirmation that Diablo IV will have an in-game store and microtransactions of some sort, while also reinforcing the fact that Blizzard’s next entry in the RPG franchise will have a live-service, seasonal approach.
The news that Diablo IV will have an in-game store has some fans of the series in question, 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 platform . Diablo Immortal has been heavily criticized for its various microtransactions, including some players consider it pay-to-win. Diablo Immortal has seen more than 10 million downloads, with Blizzard viewing the game’s launch as the biggest in franchise history. It also has the lowest Metacritic user score for a PC game in Metacritic history with a score of 0.2.
Beta registrations for Diablo IV recently went live, although signing up doesn’t seem to guarantee getting into the beta once it arrives. There’s no release date for the beta, 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 despite already being announced for the latter’s platforms generation .
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