One of the most awaited titles in Blizzard's coffer of goodies is Diablo IV and people were afraid it would be a heavily monetised mess but the company tried to alleviate some of these fears.
Blizzard's reputation was in a bit of a free fall for a few years, and some would say it started with an out-of-season April Fools joke when a Diablo game was announced. While the fans expected Diablo IV, they got Diablo Immortal announcement instead.
Fast forward to 2022, Diablo Immortal is still a source of fan dissatisfaction as the game proved to be a whale-hunting monstrosity and everything the players feared back in 2018.
As such, some fans were worried Diablo IV might go down the same lane but the global community lead for the series, Adam Fletcher, stated this will not be the case.
"D4 is coming out as a full price game built strictly for PC/console audiences. The game is huge & there will be tons of content after launch for all players. Paid content is built around optional cosmetic items & eventually full expansions. We will be sharing more info soon!" ~Adam Fletcher
According to his statement, the game will only sell cosmetics and expansions , beyond the initial purchase price. While cosmetic sales are overstaying their welcome as well, it's still better than having to was over $100,000 to max out a character.
On the flip side, it's not like Blizzard's claims always came true in the past. After all, they said Diablo Immortal wouldn't be selling power just four months before the release and yet, here we are.
Even when taking the statement with a grain of salt, it's good to have something pointing to D4 being more than just a joyless money-printing entity.